Dilip Kumar's home in Peshawar likely to be named a heritage site

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Efforts to preserve Dilip Kumar's home
Peshawar, Oct 9: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar's ancestral home may soon be declared a national heritage site, if proposals are accepted.

A law maker in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa province has sought proposals to preserve the ancestral home of Kumar in a hope that it would be declared a national heritage site.

A legislator of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, Arif Yusaf visited the actor's home in Mohallah Khudadad in the old quarters of Peshawar on Wednesday morning. The visit was arranged by the Cultural Heritage Council (CHC). It is this organisation that is hoping to preserve homes of Bollywood stars in Peshwar.

Yusaf sought technical proposals from CHC with ways and means to preserve the building. He also sought CHC's help to identify ways to give the building the status of a "protected national monument" under relevant laws.

The lawmaker said he had made the visit to see for himself the state of the building. He said he felt reassured because the building was intact from a structural engineering point of view.

With minor conservation work, it could be restored and turned into a living museum dedicated to all cinema artists who originally belonged to Peshawar, Yusaf said.

He acknowledged Dilip Kumar was a son of the soil and Peshawar was proud of the hero. The homes of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in the city deserve to be conserved, he added.

Yusaf said he will also personally take up the matter with the Chief Minister and the Culture Minister.

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