Raj Kapoor’s ancestral Haveli in Peshawar to be made into a museum: Pak minister

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The Pakistan government decided to make Rishi Kapoor’s ancestral home in the fabled Qissa Khwani Bazar into a museum.

Raj Kapoor's ancestral Haveli

Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke about the government’s plans during an interaction with visiting Indian journalists late on Wednesday night.

“There was a call from Rishi Kapoor, who said that his family’s home should be made into a museum or some sort of institution,” he said.

“So you can tell him we have made a decision to make it (a museum).”

Raj Kapoor’s ancestral Haveli

Naeemul Haq, special assistant for political affairs to Prime Minister Imran Khan, said the premier was very keen on preserving the history and heritage of Peshawar. “He has a special interest in restoring these places to their original glory. Mr Rishi Kapoor’s request will be met very positively,” he said.

Minister of state for interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said he had received a call from Rishi Kapoor regarding the house while he was visiting Jaipur in 2016. At the time, Afridi was an MP from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party was in the opposition.

“He had called me and talked about making his ancestral home into a museum. Now the federal and provincial governments are working on this and it will happen soon,” Afridi said.

The Kapoor Haveli, the family’s sprawling ancestral home in Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of acting legend Prithviraj Kapoor. Raj Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was born in the house in 1924.