(Our Bureau, June 3) Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province is purchasing the ancestral homes of Bollywood legends Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor and converting them into museums. The present Pakistan-based owners will be paid a combined sum of ₹2.3 crore ($315,385). Subsequently, the Peshawar properties will be transferred to the country’s archaeological department for preservation. Abdus Samad, Director Archaeology at KPK said both structures will be restored to their original shape with the aim of making people aware of Dilip Kumar’s and Raj Kapoor’s contribution to the film industry. In November, Kumar had urged the people of Peshawar to share pictures of his ancestral home, which was on the brink of demolition. Kapoor Haveli, where Raj and Trilok Kapoor were born, is located in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar area.
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