The Qissa Khwani Bazaar (“Story-tellers’ Bazaar”) is a bazaar (market place) in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Indian film actor Dilip Kumar was born in Qissa Khwani Bazaar on or about 11 December 1922 and he belongs to the Awan family. Actor Raj Kapoor was also born in the area. Also, Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s family still lives in the area.

Officials in northwestern Pakistan have approved a proposal to purchase two Bollywood legends’ dilapidated ancestral homes and transform them into museums, an official reported on Sunday.

Kapoor haveli, with its majestic facade and jharokhas — overhanging enclosed balconies — was built between 1916 and 1918 by Raj Kapoor’s grandfather, Dewan Basheswarnath Singh Kapoor.

The provincial archeology and museums directorate has declared the houses a national heritage site.

The facade of Raj Kapoor’s ancestral home in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sept. 29, 2020. The provincial archaeology department has vowed to buy the mansion, restore it and convert into a museum.

The local administration is not directly in touch with the Bollywood stars’ families, but the wife of Dilip Kumar was allegedly happy with the progress.

The current owners of the houses were planning to demolish them and build commercial centers in their place. The archeology department stopped the process under the Antiquity Act 2016 in late September, prompting Dilip Kumar, 97, who lives in Mumbai, to turn to Twitter and request those in Peshawar to share their photographs of the house.

This is a magnificent heritage for locals and foreigners alike, so without further delay, the Government has been starting to restore it into its old form. Every day we watch the building get affected so it the high time to preserve it.

The Kapoor Haveli, with its majestic facade and jharokhas overhanging enclosed balconies — was built between 1916 and 1918 by Kapoor’s grandfather, Dewan Basheswarnath Singh Kapoor.

In September late 1980s, Kapoor’s younger brother, Shashi Kapoor, and son Rishi visited Peshawar and took with them some soil from the house which was then laid into the cornerstone of the family’s house in India.

Haroon Jaffery

By Haroon Jaffery

Haroon Jeffery is a banker by profession. He is a Master in Business Administration and a Master in Computer Sciences from COMSATS University of Science and Technology.

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