Raj Kapoor ancestral house
Raj Kapoor's ancestral house in Peshawar. Photo by Wikipedia.

Peshawar: Pakistan’s government has decided to turn Raj Kapoor’s ancestral house in Peshawar into a museum after a request being received by government from his son Rishi Kapoor.

Pakistan’s foreign minister Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi told journalists during Kartarpur corridor ceremony that they had received a call from Rishi Kapoor requesting to turn his family Haveli in Peshawar into a museum or educational institute.“You can tell him that we’re entertaining his request”, he told journalists.

Meanwhile, Mr Naeem-ul-Haq, the spokesman of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf also said that they were very interested in preserving the heritage of Peshawar and his party really wanted to rehabilitate historical spots in Peshawar to its original shape.

Shehryar Afridi , Pakistan’s interior Minister recalled that when he was in Jodhpur in 2016 he had received a call from Rishi Kapoor who requested that his family’s Haveli to be turned into a museum. Now, the federal and provincial governments are working on it and the decision of declaring a heritage will soon be implemented, he added.

A multi- storey building, having 40 spacious rooms in Dhakki Munawar Shah, next to Qissa Khawani Bazaar had a magnificent façade with decorated Jhorokas. According to wooden slab in the Haveli, Raj Kapoor’s grandfather Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor constructed it in 1918.

Being the birthplace of Prithviraj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Shashi kapoor, the haveli in the old walled city of Peshawar enjoys widespread fame and is revered by many Peshwarites.