Pakistan's homage to Bollywood legends; Dilip Kumar's home rescued

(File) Indian Hindi film actor Dilip Kumar with his wife Saira Banu launch his autobiography 'The Substance and The Shadow' on June 9, 2014. (Sanskriti Media and Entertainment)

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared Hindi film thespian actor Dilip Kumar's ancestral home in Peshawar as national heritage.

He has directed the ministry of information, broadcasting and national heritage to acquire the house.

After acquiring Dilip Kumar's home, the government is planning to convert it into a museum.

The government is planning to invite Dilip Kumar and other members of his family after converting the house into a museum.

The prime minister's approval was sent to the information ministry, which has forwarded it to director general, Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) for implementation of the orders, reported Pakistani daily The Nation.

It is said the project would play an important role in bringing the people of Pakistan and India closer.

Nawaz Sharif was eager to promote the cultural relations between India and Pakistan and also met representatives of Indian film industry during his last visit to India.

Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan. His father Lala Ghulam Sarwar had shifted to Mumbai from Peshawar in the 1930s.

One of the best performers on the silver screen, Dilip Kumar, 91, was active in front of the camera for six decades and worked in much appreciated films like Jwar Bhata, Mela, Naya Daur, Tarana, Devdas, Ganga Jamuna, Leader, Mughal-E-Azam, Shakti, Karma and Saudagar.

The Kapoor Mansion:

While Dilip Kumar's home is being rescued, there's another mansion that needs immediate attention.

Pakistan's media is focusing on the ancestral homes of some of the Bollywood greats and the need to restore them. Thus showing their respect of these acting talents.

The dilapidated ancestral home of Indian film industry's celebrated Kapoor family in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar may crumble soon, according to a media report.

The Kapoors lived in Dhakki near Peshawar's Qissa Khwani Bazaar - the famous street of storytellers - before India-Pakistan partition.

A Dawn report delved on the depressing state of the building that once housed the Kapoors.

The reporter of the newspaper says he treaded "carefully as rubble falls from the roof, wary of breaking a mold-infested floorboard and go down to the dark basement where the building may collapse on itself one day if not saved soon."

"It will add to the debris under Dhakki, the old city neighbourhood built over a mound of rubble beneath which lie many lost civilisations."

The report speaks of the nostalgia that Raj Kapoor evokes.

It also appreciated the house's magnificent facade and ornate jharokas (overhanging enclosed balcony) fit for a royal palace in some princely state.

The Dawn News reporter also visited Dilip Kumar's ancestral home.

He then visited the ancestral homes of famous Bollywood actors from Peshawar Shah Rukh Khan's.

Partition saw Shah Rukh's father Taj Mohammad leaving Pakistan to escape arrest and his brother Ghulam Mohammad Gama was imprisoned for seven years.

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