On Sunday 17 January 2016, Legendary Bollywood actor Raj Kapoor’s birthplace in Peshawar, Pakistan has been partially demolished by its owner.
An FIR has been registered at the ‘Khan Raziq police station’, against the owners of nearly century-old historic Kapoor’s haveli. This haveli was situated at Dhaki Munawar Shah of Peshawar.
Reportedly, the owners of the existing building had razed its first floor for construction of a commercial plaza on it.
Moreover, window panes and doors on the second and third floors were also detached last week.
On Saturday, the Archives department obtained stay from a local court to save the demolition of the historic ‘Haveli’.
According to sources, Peshawar Museum in-charge, Nawazuddin, also filed a case against owners of the building for violating the K-P Antiquities Act 1997 under which building that are older than 70 years, cannot be changed or modified without the consent of the government as well as the archaeology department.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa authorities declared the residences of Peshawar-born Bollywood veteran actors, Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar as heritage to protect and preserve them.
However, Raj Kapoor’s son and Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has recentaly told that the Kapoor family has no emotional connect to his grandfather Prithviraj Kapoor’s ancestral house in Peshawar and its up to Pakistan government to do whatever they wish to do with the building.
“We don’t have any emotional connect to that house since we haven’t seen it. Let the Pakistan government demolish it. I am not even sure if that was Raj Kapoor’s own house or rented because he didn’t have that much money then to own a house. So I don’t think that anyone from the Kapoor family has any problem with that,”
“We came to India even before the partition happened and never did see the house. I don’t know why others are having an issue, when we ourselves don’t have any problem with the demolition. We three brothers never stayed there. Why would we have a problem?”
Bollywood Actor Randhir Kapoor, also told :
“I do not even know whether we even owned the property or was it a rented property,”
Even Though Raj Kapoor was born in Peshawar’s ancestral haveli, but none of his children ever stayed there.
Source : TOI