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Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor's ancestral homes to get heritage status

world Updated: Dec 19, 2011 17:09 IST

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The ancestral homes of Bollywood legends Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar will be given the status of national heritage sites, a provincial minister said on Saturday.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the Information Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said both actors were a "source of pride for our land" as they were born in Peshawar and steps would be taken to protect their homes in the famous Qissa Khwani Bazar.

Hussain made the remarks while interacting with the media during a visit to the erstwhile homes of the Bollywood stars.

He was accompanied by Culture Secretary Azmat Hanif Orakzai, Culture Director Pervaiz Khan and well-known artist Jamal Shah.

The minister directed the Culture Secretary to include the residences of both acting legends in the list of national heritage sites and to contact their current owners for their purchase.

Hussain said the provincial government has decided to make documentaries and stage dramas on the life of these great artists.

"A plan is under consideration to promote our culture by holding conferences at the national and international levels," he said.

Dilip Kumar was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan at Mohalla Khudadad in Qissa Khwani Bazar on December 11, 1922.