Peshawar: The historic home of legendary Bollywood actor-director Raj Kapoor here was partially demolished by its owners for constructing a plaza but timely action by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities saved the building from total destruction.
The archives department on Saturday obtained a stay from a local court to save the demolition of the Kapoor Haveli situated at Dhaki Munawar Shah.
However, the new owner by the time had pulled down the first storey of the building for construction of a commercial plaza on it. The doors and windowpanes on the second and third floors have also been removed.
The government had earlier declared the ancestral houses of actors Kapoor and Dilip Kumar as heritage to protect and preserve them.
Rishi Kapoor: Thank you for your gesture but that property belongs to the Pakistani Govt. and it is entirely up to them to decide.
Raj Kapoor’s father Prithviraj had constructed this house in 1920, where the actor and his siblings were born. However, the Kapoor family later shifted to India during partition.