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Raj Kapoor's iconic ancestral home in Pakistan to be turned into a museum

File photo of Raj Kapoor Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 29, 2018, 04.13 PM (IST)

The Pakistan government has decided to make Bollywood star Raj Kapoor’s ancestral home in Peshawar into a museum. The house is located in the Qissa Khwani Bazar area of Peshawar. 

The announcement revealed that it’s being done after Rishi Kapoor requested for the same. As reported by PTI, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a group of visiting Indian journalists: "There was a call from Rishi Kapoor. He requested that his family's home in Peshawar should be made into a museum or some sort of institution. We have accepted his request,"

Pakistan's Interior Minister Shehryar Khan Afridi said that Rishi telephoned him to preserve his family's house in Peshawar and “we are responding positively to his request”. "He had called me and talked about making his ancestral home into a museum. Now the federal and provincial governments are working on this and will transform the house into a museum soon," he said. 

The ancestral home was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor, father of Bollywood icon Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was born in Peshawar on December 14, 1924. The Kapoor family left Peshawar after the partition in 1947. 

Bollywood icon Dilip Kumar’s ancestral home is also located near the Qissa Khwani Bazar.