Legendary actor Dilip Kumar’s wife and actress Saira Banu has expressed her gratitude over Pakistani Government’s decision to restore his ancestral house.
Talking to the Times of India, she said,
“I wish the provincial government success in its efforts and sincerely hope that this time the dream comes true. Mashallah.”
— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) September 29, 2020
Dilip Kumar’s Ancestral House Gets Restored
“My heart fills up with joy each time I receive the same news about the ancestral home of Yousuf Saheb in Peshawar in northwest Frontier province which the provincial government has been repeatedly trying to turn into a monument for posterity. It has come up so many times in the past and I have appreciated the tenacity with which the government is pursuing the mission of turning the house into a museum for the public to visit and feel the vintage charm of the house where Dilip Saheb grew up like any bright boy of the province,” she added.
Dilip Kumar’s ancestral house is one hundred years old and is located in the Qissa Khwani Bazar in KPK province. The building is in dilapidated condition and thus faced the threat of demolition.
However, the KPK Department of Archaeology has declared it as national heritage and is allocating funds to purchase it.
Dir Archaeology moves to acquire both former residences of Dilip Kumar & Raj Kapoor in Peshawar City after any sale & change was stopped under Antiquities law earlier. After acquisition, these will be restored under a project & conserved as museums under Peshawar Revival Plan pic.twitter.com/L2csEVZ30Q
— Abid Majeed (@AbidMajeed1969) September 28, 2020
Saira Banu said that the house is very precious to them and that they visited it on their last visit to Pakistan.
“The house is of great sentimental value to my husband and I have shared his pride and happiness during a visit to the property some years ago. He was so emotional when he saw the house where he spent his lovely childhood in the comfort and security of a large, refined family.”