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Love Transcends Borders, Pakistani Government Protects Ancestral Houses of Bollywood Legends

Love Transcends Borders, Pakistani Government Protects Ancestral Houses of Bollywood Legends

The ancestral home of Bollywood legend, Raj Kapoor, known as Kapoor Haveli, is located in the famous Qissa Khwani bazaar in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. It was built between 1918 and 1922 by the actor’s grandfather and has now been declared a National Heritage Site by the Pakistani government.
Heavily popular Bollywood legends Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar evoke feelings of love, not only in India, but also across the border in Pakistan, where they were born and raised.
Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province has started the process of officially taking over the ancestral homes of the two legendary Bollywood actors, located in the heart of the city of Peshawar. The two houses should be transformed into museums as homage to the two actors.
Raj Kapoor’s father, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, who lived in the house at the time of the partition between India and Pakistan in 1947, left Peshawar and settled in Mumbai, India, where he took his first steps in Bollywood.
Since then, generations in the family have followed in his footsteps, including his son Raj Kapoor, who ruled Bollywood for decades and made immense contributions to the film industry. The “Kapoor Family” is also affectionately referred to as the “First Indian Film Family”, with Raj Kapoor’s granddaughter Kareena Kapoor currently among Bollywood’s top actresses.
PTI (The current Pakistani Government) said that Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Khalid Mehmud’s senior administrative official addressed final notices to the current owners of the historic buildings and summoned them on May 18.
A process was initiated to acquire the two buildings and the owners were asked to submit their reservations on the prices of the “havelis” (houses) set by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
While the Kapoor Haveli is built in an area of 6.25 ‘Marla’ and Dilip Kumar’s house is spread over 4 Marla (a traditional area unit used in India Bangladesh, and Pakistan, measures 1/160 of an acre).
The current owners of the buildings have sought higher prices, with Ali Qadir, owner of Kapoor Haveli, seeking around $1,303,630 and the owner of Dilip Kumar’s ancestral home, Gul Rehman Mohmand, asking for $228,310.
Officials from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Archeology and Museums said the two houses, which are in poor condition, will be restored after the official takeover by the government.
Dilip Kumar’s house was declared a National Heritage Property in 2014 by the then Nawaz Sharif government.
The owners of both buildings had tried to demolish the houses to make way for commercial places, but the provincial government intervened and foiled their efforts. The archeology department of the province of Pakistan wanted to preserve these buildings, given their historical importance.

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