Pakistan govt should preserve ancestral homes of legendary Indian actors, says heritage expert

Peshawar, June 11

All ancestral homes of famous Indian actors who left Pakistan at the time of Partition should be preserved and converted into tourist spots, according to a prominent heritage expert here in northwestern Pakistan.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government last week approved the purchase of the ancestral homes of legendary Bollywood actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor here in the provincial capital.

Commenting on the development, Secretary of the Cultural Heritage Council, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shakil Waheedullah said activists struggled for 13 years to ensure that the homes of these silver screen legends were preserved.

Waheedullah said nationality does not matter and that such homes could be turned into buzzing tourist attractions in Pakistan.

Raj Kapoor’s ancestral home, called Kapoor Haveli, is situated in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar. It was built between 1918 and 1922 by the legendary actor’s grandfather Dewan…

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