Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared as national heritage the ancestral home in Peshawar of thespian actor Dilip Kumar. He has directed the ministry of information, broadcasting and national heritage to acquire the house.
The prime minister’s approval was sent to the information ministry, which has forwarded it to director general, Pakistan National Council of Arts for implementation of the orders. After acquiring Kumar’s home, the government is planning to convert it into a museum. Sources said that the PM had ordered the authorities concerned to complete the task as soon as possible.
The government is planning to invite Dilip Kumar and other members of his family after converting the house into a museum. The Nation cited PNCA’s acting Director General Mashood Mirza as confirming that the council has received the summary from the ministry, with the instruction to implement it as soon as possible.
Mirza said that a special meeting would be held on Monday to review all aspects to develop the great actor’s five-storied house, located in Peshawar’s famous Qisa Khawani Bazaar area. Presently in a shabby condition, it is being illegally occupied by someone who claims to be a relative of Dilip Kumar, but is actually not.
Dilip Kumar was born Yusuf Khan. His father Lala Ghulam Sarwar had shifted to Mumbai from Peshawar in the 1930s. One of the best performers on the silver screen, the 91-year-old acted for six decades and worked in much appreciated films like Jwar Bhata, Mela, Naya Daur, Tarana, Devdas, and Ganga Jamuna.