Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dilip’s house becomes national heritage Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bought it for Rs30m

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has given the status of national heritage to the house of Indian film industry legend Dilip Kumar (Yousaf Khan) after purchasing it from a local person on sum of Rs.30million.Official sources in Khyber Pakthunkhwa Culture Department told APP that the six-room house of the legendary actor at Mohallah Khudadad, Qissa Khwani bazaar, Peshawar was purchased from a local person on sum of Rs.30million and declared it national heritage to pay respect to the celebrated Indian Cinema star of Pakistani soil.”The repair and reconstruction work on the dilapidated house would be completed in few weeks and later be opened for tourists and arts lovers,” he added.Dilip Kumar had left his house in 1942 before migration to India and his relatives later sold it on Rs.5.6million.The Khyber Pakthunkhwa government took this principal decision after Minister for Culture and Information, Mian Iftikahr Hussain along with a high delegation including Provincial Secretary Culture Azmat Hanif Orakzai, director culture Pervez Khan and prominent artist and head of Hunarkada College Islamabad Jamal Shah, has recently visited to the residence of Dilip Kumar.The Minister directed the officials concerned to strike a deal for its purchase in order to preserve it on modern lines for coming generations besides giving it national heritage’s status.Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said work of the legends of Pakistan, no matter wherever they were in the world, would be preserved and their deeds would be converted into documentaries for information and guidance of future generation. He said Pakistan had produced prominent personalities in various fields including film industry that ruled over the heats of millions fans in world over.Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan) is the son of Peshawar who has won the hearts of the millions of the movie lovers in Pakistan and Indian.The soil of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa especially of Peshawar is very fertile that had produced great personalities in the field of performing arts like Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Badar Munir, Firdous Jamal and Qavi Khan who ruled over hearts of millions of people through their professional skills and work.

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