Pakistan to save, restore ancestral homes of 2 Bollywood icons

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The 100-year-old Kapoor haveli came close to being demolished by its current owner. (Photo Credit: Shahbaz Butt via BBC)

The ancestral homes of two Bollywood icons are to be saved from crumbling into ruin in northern Pakistan.

According to the BBC, the houses once belonged to the families of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar, who migrated to India in the years before the partition that created saw British India split into India and Pakistan in 1947.

Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar were born and raised in Peshawar’s oldest and most famous road, Qissa Khwani – or Street of Storytellers – later moving to Mumbai where they became leading actors of their generation.

City officials say the dilapidated homes are to be bought, restored and turned into museums.

Peshawar has a vibrant cultural history, and a host of Bollywood’s greatest stars can trace their roots there.