Preparations are being made to demolish the ancestral mansion of Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor in Pakistan. The current owner of this mansion in Peshawar wants to convert it into a shopping complex.
In 2018, Rishi Kapoor requested the Pakistani government to convert his ancestral mansion in Peshawar’s Kissa Khwani Bazaar into a museum. The government had also decided in this regard, but the deal with the owner of the mansion could not be concluded.
On Rishi Kapoor’s request, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi assured him that Pakistan Government would preserve the ‘Kapoor haveli’ by turning it into a museum, but the government could not do anything special in this direction.
People living here say that due to lack of care, the mansion has become so dilapidated that it can collapse anytime. The current owner of the mansion is Haji Muhammad Israr, who is not ready to give the mansion to the government at present.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province wants to buy this mansion of historical importance so that it can be preserved in its original form for tourists. Whereas Isar wants to demolish it and build a shopping complex here.
It has been talked about many times on both sides, but each time it comes and gets stuck at a price. According to an estimate, the mansion costs more than five crore rupees.
Haji Muhammad Israr has made several attempts to demolish the mansion earlier, but could not succeed in his plans due to government intervention.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Heritage Department has filed an FIR against him. ‘Kapoor Haveli’ was built by Basheshwanath Kapoor, father of Prithviraj Kapoor.
The Kapoor family is originally from Peshawar, who migrated to India after partition in 1947. Rishi’s grandfather Prithviraj and father Raj Kapoor were born in this mansion.