Peshawar: A provincial government in Pakistan has decided to purchase house of Indian film legendary actor Dilip Kumar in Peshawar and will convert it into a museum to preserve it in its original shape.
In a video message, Kamran Bangash, the Special Assistant on Information to Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has said that the district administration Peshawar has imposed section IV today banning sale and purchase of the four Marla ancestral house of Dilip Kumar in Mohallah Khudadadad Qiassa Khwani Bazar.
Bangash said in the first phase the house will be purchased for which funds have been arranged. In second phase the house will be renovated and rehab in its original shape. He said under the Peshawar Revival plan the house of Dilip Kumar will be converted into a museum and preserved it.
It will be open to general public to highlight the rich history of the historic Peshawar city and contribution of Dilip Kumar in showbiz in the India film industry, he said.
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar Wednesday took to Twitter to share some pictures of his ancestral house in Pakistan’s Peshawar, which the provincial government of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has recently decided to purchase. The 97-year-old actor also urged people in Peshawar to share more pictures of his house on the microblogging site.
Dilip Kumar was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan in this house at Mohalla Khudabad in the Qissa Khwani Bazar of Peshawar on 11 December 1922. His relatives lived in the house till 2005, before selling it off for Rs 56 lakh to a local resident.
It was declared a national heritage on 13 July 2013 by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But the three-storey house had collapsed in 2017 and has since become a dumping ground.
Not only Kumar’s, the Department of Archaeology in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has decided to also purchase Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor’s ancestral house which lies in the same neighbourhood. Kapoor was born in that house, called ‘Kapoor Haveli’, in 1924.
Dilip Kumar’s wife and actor Saira Banu also hailed the Pakistan government’s move. “I wish the provincial government success in its efforts and sincerely hope that this time the dream comes true. Mashallah,” she said.