Raj Kapoor's haveli in Pakistan partially demolished

Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor’s birthplace in Pakistan has been partially demolished by its owner in Pakistan's Peshawar city on Saturday, media reports said.

Pakistani paper Dawn reported that the archaeology department made a last-minute attempt to save the historic building located in Dhaki Munawar Shah area of the walled city but by then, the top floor of the four-storey structure was pulled down.

However, the top floor of the 98-year-old four-storey "Kapoor Haveli" was pulled down, the Dawn said. They said the rest of the building was badly damaged.

The archaeology department officials told Dawn that when they learned about the demolition of the house on Saturday morning, they rushed went to the Khan Raziq police station to sought their help to stop the demolition work.

“After much haggling, police personnel followed us to the site and the demolition stopped,” an official was quoted as saying.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had earlier declared the houses of Peshawar-born Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar as heritage to protect and preserve them.

Police stopped the demolition work but sought written application from the authority.

Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor has said his family does not have any emotional attachment with his grandfather’s ancestral house in Peshawar Kapoor Haveli, and the Pakistani government can demolish it.

“We don’t have any emotional connect to that house since we haven’t seen it. Let the Pakistan government demolish it,” he said on Sunday.

“I am not even sure if that was our grandfather’s own house or rented because he didn’t enough have money then to own a house. So I don’t think anyone from the Kapoor family has any problem with that.”

According to details written on the slab inside the Haveli, Dewan Basheshwarnath Kapoor, father of Prithviraj Kapoor and grandfather of Raj Kapoor, constructed the building in 1918.

“We came to India even before Partition, and never saw 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?” the actor added.
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