Pakistan to buy and convert Dilip Kumar’s Peshawar home into museum

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial government will purchase and preserve the veteran actor’s ancestral house.

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Veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s ancestoral home in Peshawar, Pakistan, will be preserved and converted into a museum under the Peshawar Revival Plan.

Kamran Bangash, the special assistant on information to the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, announced the development yesterday.

Bangash, via a video message, revealed that the district administration in Peshawar has imposed section IV, effectively banning the sale and purchase of the house in Mohallah Khudadadad Qiassa Khwani Bazar.

According to plan’s first phase, funds have been arranged to purchase the house. For the second phase, the ancestral home “will be renovated and rehabilitated to its original shape”, according to a report in the Indian Express newspaper's online edition.

“It will be open to the general public to highlight the rich history of the historic Peshawar city and the contribution of Dilip Kumar to the Indian film industry,” Bangash had said.

The actor's home, which is in a dilapidated condition and was facing demolition by its current owner, had already been named a Pakistani national heritage monument in 2014. Dilip Kumar, born Muhammad Yusuf Khan, shifted to Mumbai (then Bombay) during the late 1930s with his family.

The Pakistani government had also been looking into purchasing the ancestral home of Raj Kapoor, which is also in the same neighbourhood.

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