Pakistan is set to restore the traditional townhouse of the renowned Kapoor family of India – the Kapoor Haveli, which is situated in Peshawar.
The mansion, which was built by Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor in 1922, will receive a makeover under special projects by the government of Pakistan.
Earlier, the two-story was under threat of demolition as its owner cannot afford renovations. The building needs urgent attention, which is why its front door has been sealed by the government to stop further deterioration.
Dr. Abdul Samad, director of archeology and museums in KPK has declared the building as a heritage site and is looking forward to convert it into a museum.
Not only that but Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar’s residence will also be converted into a museum on the basis of public-private partnership.
Kamran Bangash, the Provincial Minister of Information said,
“We have a project called ‘Peshawar Revival’ under which we have renovated the area around Sethi Mohalla in Saddar Bazar. A team will start working on the Haveli, as well as Dilip Kumar’s residence by the end of this year.”
About Kapoor Haveli
Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor was the father of Prithviraj Kapoor, the first member of the family to enter the film industry in 1928.
One generation of the Kapoor family was born in the Haveli. But after partition, the family shifted to India, and the building was left under the care of the locals.
Bollywood actor Randhir Kapoor states that even though it is Pakistan’s prerogative, he hopes that the Haveli is restored to its previous glory to honor memories of the Kapoor family.
“The Kapoors do not own the Kapoor Haveli. It could have been Prithviraj Kapoor’s Haveli [grandfather], but not ours, we will be happy if they decide to keep it in the memory of the Kapoors, Raj Kapoor will always live on,”