Legendary actor Raj Kapoor And Dilip Kumar's ancestral houses are reportedly being purchased by the provincial government in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The recent reports suggest that they will conserve the historic buildings, which are currently in dilapidated condition and face the threat of demolition.
Meanwhile, Dilip Kumar's and veteran actress Saira Banu has reacted to the same and said, “I wish the provincial government success in its efforts and sincerely hope that this time the dream comes true. Mashallah.”
During her recent interaction with ETimes, Banu mentioned that the ancestral house is over 100 years old and is situated in the Qissa Khwani Bazar locality. The actress reveals feeling joyous and full of content every time, she receives news about the ancestral home of Yousuf Saheb in Peshawar in Northwest Frontier Province ( now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ) which the provincial government has been repeatedly trying to turn into a monument for posterity.
“It has come up so many times in the past and I have appreciated the tenacity with which the government is pursuing the mission of turning the house into a museum for the public to visit and feel the vintage charm of the house where Dilip Saheb grew up like any bright boy of the province,” added Saira Banu.
Speaking to ETimes about the fond memories of their last visit to the ancestral house, Saira Banu said, “The house is of great sentimental value to my husband and I have shared his pride and happiness during a visit to the property some years ago. He was so emotional when he saw the house where he spent his lovely childhood in the comfort and security of a large, refined family.”
For the unversed, the palatial houses were built in the undivided country and both Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor's houses are situated close to each other as they lie in the heart of Peshawar city.
The recent reports suggested that the Department of Archaeology in KP province has decided to allocate sufficient funds for purchasing the two buildings, which have been declared as national heritage.