Pakistan govt initiates process to take custody of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor's ancestral homes to convert into museums
The director of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archaeology and Museums Department said the restoration work will take place after Eid-ul-Fitr following the takeover of the two houses.
Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government has initiated the process to take formal custody of the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor located in the heart of this city to convert them into museums.
Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Khalid Mehmud on Wednesday issued final notices to the present owners of the historic buildings and summoned them on 18 May.
The owners can submit their reservations over the prices of the Havelis fixed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government. The provincial government or court may order an increase in the prices of the houses.
Previously the KP government had fixed the price for purchase of Kapoor's 6.25-marla and Kumar's four-marla houses for Rs 1.50 crore and Rs 80 lakh, respectively, with plans to convert them into museums.
Marla, a traditional unit of area used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is considered equal to 272.25 square feet or 25.2929 square metres.
While Kapoor Haveli's owner Ali Qadir demanded Rs 20 crore, the owner of Kumar's ancestral house, Gul Rehman Mohmand, said the government should purchase it at the market rate of Rs 3.50 crore.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archaeology and Museums Department Director Dr Abdul Samad said the restoration work will take place after Eid-ul-Fitr following the takeover of the two houses.
Raj Kapoor's ancestral home, known as Kapoor Haveli, is situated in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was built between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor's grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor.
Raj Kapoor and his uncle Trilok Kapoor were born in the building. It has been declared national heritage by the provincial government.
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar's over a 100-year-old ancestral house is also located in the same locality.
The house is in shambles and was declared as a national heritage in 2014 by the then Nawaz Sharif government.
The owners of the two buildings made several attempts in the past to demolish them for constructing commercial plazas in view of their prime location but all such moves were stopped as the archaeology department wanted to preserve them, keeping in view their historic importance
Dimple Kapadia turns 64: From Raj Kapoor's Bobby to Christopher Nolan's Tenet, the enviable career of an enigmatic actor
In a career spanning 48 years and counting, Dimple Kapadia has gone through the drill, and so much beyond. Though her roles have drawn tremendously from the turbulence of her personal life — which has always been under public scrutiny — her filmography is full of quiet, unexplained mystique.
Dilip Kumar, 98, was taken to the suburban Khar-based Hinduja Hospital, a non-COVID-19 facility in Mumbai, on Sunday.
Dilip Kumar undergoes pleural aspiration procedure, expected to be discharged on 10 June, says family friend
Dilip Kumar, who was diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion — a build-up of excess fluid between the layers of the pleura outside the lungs — is undergoing treatment at a Mumbai hospital.