The KP government has finally decided to buy the two houses belonging to renowned Indian film artists, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Directorate of Archeology said that both houses will be converted into museums.
The Archeology Department has declared that the two houses are national heritage sites, which are also internationally recognised. The purchase of both the houses is estimated at Rs. 24 million which includes the cost of both land and infrastructure.
Located in the older, ‘walled’ area of the inner-city area of Peshawar, the house of Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor is located in Dhak-i-Dalgaran. Dilip Kumar nee Yusaf Pathan’s house is located a few blocks over in Khudadad Mohallah of Qissa Khwani.
K-P Archeology and Museums Department Director Dr. Abdul Samad said that the government has decided to preserve these structures to maintain the historical ties that Peshawar has with the Indian film industry, having contributed some of its biggest stars which ruled the industry for the better part of a century.
He further added that once they have acquired the two properties, they plan to restore them to their original state.