Raj Kapoor's haveli in Peshawar to turn to a museum

30th November 2018

Rishi Kapoor's ancestral property located in the midst of Qissa Khwani Bazar, Peshawar, Pakistan will be turned into a museum as per government plans as requested by the Bollywood star.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi the Foreign minister spoke about the government's plans during an interaction with visiting Indian journalists late on Wednesday night. "There was a call from Rishi Kapoor, who said that his family's home should be made into a museum or some sort of institution," he said. He further adds,"So you can tell him we have made a decision to make it (a museum)."

Naeemul Haq, special assistant for political affairs to Prime Minister Imran Khan, said the premier was very keen on preserving the history and heritage of Peshawar. "He has a special interest in restoring these places to their original glory. Mr Rishi Kapoor's request will be met very positively," he said.

Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar's ancestral home too is located near the Qissa Khwani Bazar. Pakistani forces have tried to acquire the crumbling building in recent years so that it could be preserved as a national heritage site but their efforts ran into rough weather because of legal cases. Kumar's house is located in a corner of Doma Gali in Mohalla Khudadad, and the star was born there as Muhammad Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922. He spent several years of his childhood in the Qissa Khwani Bazar or the "Market of Storytellers," where travellers and traders from across Central Asia gathered to swap tales.

Also some relatives of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan reside in Shah Wali Qataal area of Peshawar.

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