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Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar are some of the iconic actors of the Hindi film industry. Their ancestral homes are located in Pakistan’s Peshawar. According to the latest reports, the provincial government in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has decided to purchase the ancestral homes of these two legendary actors.
According to a PTI report, the provisional government has decided to conserve these historic buildings which are currently in a very bad state and facing demolition threat.
The report further states that these two buildings, which has been declared as national heritage and lies in the heart of Peshawar city, will be bought very soon as the Department of Archaeology in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has decided to allocate sufficient funds to buy them.
Dr Abdus Samad Khan, the head of the Department of Archaeology, said that an official letter has been sent to the Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar to determine the cost of both the historic buildings. Both the iconic actors were born and raised in these houses. They spent their childhood there before moving to India post-partition. Back in 2014, the Nawaz Sharif government had declared Dilip Kumar’s house as a national heritage. Raj Kapoor’s Kapoor Haveli which stands tall in Qissa Khwani Bazar was also declared a national heritage.
Reportedly, the current owners of both the buildings wanted to demolish them and turn them into commercial plazas. However, the archaeology department wanted to preserve them. It is being said that the owner has apparently demanded a whopping Rs 200 crore to sell the buildings to the government.
Previously in 2018, Rishi Kapoor, who passed away this year, had requested the Pakistan government to convert Kapoor Haveli into a museum.