Pakistan set to restore home of Bollywood legend Kumar

The Pakistani government plans to buy and restore the ancestral home of Indian legendary actor Dilip Kumar in the northwestern Peshawar city.

Kamran Bangash, the information minister of Khyber Pkahtunkhwa (KP) province, for which Peshawar is the capital, told reporters that the government had decided to buy and restore the ancestral home of the Bollywood legend located in the city’s old town.

The government, Bangash said, had banned the sale and purchase of the homes of Kumar and several other legends of Indian cinema.

Widely known as the city of flowers, Peshawar, which borders neighboring Afghanistan, was once home to many legends of Indian cinema.

The city owns ancestral homes of pioneers of the Indian film industry Bollywood such as Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar, and even the prolific Shah Rukh Khan.

Kumar, 97, was born and raised in Peshawar's historic Qissakhuwani Bazaar or Street of Storytellers. Years before the partition of united India in 1947, Kumar moved to Mumbai (then Bombay) to become an icon of Indian cinema.