Pakistan to save ruined homes of Bollywood greats in Peshawar

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

The houses belonged to the families of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar who migrated to India in the years before Pakistan was created from British India in 1947.

Officials in Peshawar say the dilapidated homes are to be bought, restored and turned into museums.

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

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.

A host of current and former top Bollywood stars, including Shah Rukh Khan, have roots in the same area of Peshawar’s old city.

Five-star Bollywood connection

Kapoor and Kumar started acting in the 1940s

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