December 3, 2020

Raj Kapoor’s ancestral house ‘Kapoor Haveli’ in Pakistan’s Peshawar faces demolition risk – bollywood



The historic ancestral house of late Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor in Pakistan’s Peshawar metropolis is dealing with demolition risk as the present proprietor of the home is adamant on constructing a industrial complicated on the location.

In 2018, the Pakistan authorities determined to transform the ‘‘Kapoor Haveli’‘ in Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province right into a museum, heeding to a request by Rishi Kapoor who died lately at a hospital in Mumbai.

Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had assured Rishi Kapoor that the Pakistan authorities will convert the actor’s home right into a museum.

The haveli has was a ghost constructing, residents of the world mentioned.

Because of its dilapidated situation, the constructing can collapse anytime, they mentioned.

The state of the constructing is deteriorating with every passing day attributable to ecological affect, torrential rains, earthquakes and wind storms.

The haveli is at the moment owned by Haji Muhammad Israr, a rich jeweller within the metropolis. The provincial authorities wished to purchase the haveli maintaining in view its historic significance and preserve it in its unique form for the vacationers.

Israr, nonetheless, needs to demolish the constructing and assemble a brand new industrial constructing at this prime location.

He made three/4 makes an attempt previously to demolish the constructing however couldn’t do it as FIRs have been registered towards him by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa heritage division.

There have been experiences that the provincial authorities has didn’t convert the constructing right into a museum attributable to variations with its proprietor over its worth.

Israr, the proprietor of the haveli, has denied that he had any problem with the federal government over the worth of the property, estimated to be over Rs 5 crore.

He mentioned he merely wished to demolish the haveli and assemble an enormous industrial market on the website.

“I’ve adequate cash to cater to my wants. I provide round three to four maund (120kg-160kg) gold every week to the Peshawar largest jewelry market,” he mentioned.

Native residents concern that the constructing might robotically collapse until the federal government takes well timed motion to preserve it.

“It’s a matter of concern that the ‘Kapoor Haveli’ which we contemplate because the pleasure of our metropolis is in dilapidated situation and is quick heading to the disappearance due to being ignored,” mentioned Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, a resident of Dhaki Nalbandi the place the palatial home is situated.

Mujeeb mentioned that he was a teen when late Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor had visited their ancestral house within the early 90s.

Shakeel Waheedullah, Secretary Cultural Heritage Council Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, expressed remorse over the dilapidated situation of the home.

The ‘‘Kapoor Haveli’‘ was constructed by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the daddy of Bollywood pioneer Prithviraj Kapoor.

The Kapoor family, initially from Peshawar in Pakistan, migrated to India after the partition in 1947.

In 1990, Rishi Kapoor together with brother Randhir Kapoor visited their ancestral house the place his grandfather, Prithviraj and his father Raj Kapoor, have been born.