The ancestral homes of the actors located in the heart of Peshawar were declared a national heritage by the government. (File Photo)
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has approved the purchase of ancestral homes of Bollywood’s famous actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in Peshawar. The objections of the present owners of these two houses were rejected.
Peshawar. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan on Tuesday approved the purchase of ancestral homes of Bollywood’s famous actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in Peshawar. The homes of these two veteran actors will be converted into museums.
Peshawar District Commissioner Capt (Retd) Khalid Mahmood overruled the objections of the present owners of the actors’ houses and ordered the handing over of both the houses to the Archaeological Department. According to the notification issued by the office of the District Commissioner, ‘The land (house of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor) will be in the name of the acquiring department i.e. Director Archeology and Museums.’
The provincial government fixed the price of Kapoor’s house at Rs 1.5 crore, while that of Kumar’s house at Rs 80 lakh. However, Ali Qadir, owner of Kapoor’s ancestral mansion, demanded Rs 20 crore, while Gul Rehman, owner of Kumar’s ancestral house, demanded Rs 3.5 crore for the property.
Earlier, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government of Pakistan had declared the ancestral homes of Bollywood actors in the heart of the city as a national heritage. The provincial government had approved the release of over Rs 2 crore for the purchase of the ancestral homes of both the actors on January 2 (2021) this year. was ordered to buy these ancestral havelis. These havelis have been allowed to be bought at the rate fixed by the Communications and Construction Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa a few weeks back.
According to a report by Peshawar Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Ali Asghar, the price of Dilip Kumar’s 101 square meter house was fixed at Rs 80.56 lakh, while that of Raj Kapoor’s 151.75 square meter bungalow was fixed at Rs 1.50 crore. After purchase, the Archaeological Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will convert both the havelis into museums.