A provincial government in Pakistan decided to convert the ancestral homes of two legendary Indian actors Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor into museums under the Peshawar Revival Plan, a move that has earned a lot of praise. And when Kumar requested fans from across the border to share pictures of his ancestral home, they didn’t disappoint.
The 97-year-old actor got a glimpse of his ancestral home in the region after Pakistani journalist Shiraz Hassan shared a few images on Twitter. Although they showed the home was in a dilapidated state, the actor said he was grateful to see them.
Responding to the tweet, the veteran actor who has received Pakistan’s highest civilian award, asked if others could share more photos of his home, where he spent days of his life in pre-Independence era.
“Thank you for sharing this. Requesting all in #Peshawar to share photos of my ancestral house (if you’ve clicked the pic) and tag #DilipKumar,” he tweeted.
Soon, hashtag #DilipKumar was trending with fans sharing images they had taken in the past. Many wrote about how much the actor is respected and loved in Pakistan.
Many also shared their experiences of watching his films while growing up, or about how they felt about visiting the old house in Peshawar’s oldest and most famous road Qissa Khwani or Street of Storytellers.
Here’s are some of responses:
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Directorate of Archeology and Museums, in a letter issued on September 23, had said that it plans to declare the Kapoor Haveli as protected antiquity. It has further requested the Peshawar district administration to initiate the process for acquiring land for the ancestral homes of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor.