The ancestral homes of Bollywood legends Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in Peshawar were assessed and valued by the Deputy Commissioner Peshawar. Kumar’s house was estimated at 80 lakh 56 thousand rupees while Kapoor’s house was estimated at 1 crore 50 lakh rupees. The Khyber Pakhtunkhua (KP) government is to buy both properties, after which they will be converted into a museum.
Dillip Kumar’s house had already been declared a national heritage by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2014.
Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar migrated to India, when it was still under British rule. They were born and raised in Peshawar’s centuries old Qissa Khwani Bazaar, before moving to Mumbai where they became the Indian film industry’s most pronounced stars.
Their houses stand side by side in Peshawar, with just a few metres in between. Today, their hollow, vacant structures act as concrete reminders of the pair who captivated not just India but also Pakistan.