New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Late-actor Raj Kapoor’s ancestral home in Pakistan’s Peshawar city faces a prominent demolition threat, as the birthplace of film industry’s show man, might be converted into a commercial complex by its current owner, a wealthy jeweler of Peshawar.

In 2018, on the request of late-actor Rishi Kapoor, Pakistan government had decided to convert the "Kapoor Haveli" in Qissa Khwani Bazar of Peshawar into a museum. However, the provincial government of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province reportedly failed to live up to its promise due to differences over the price of Kapoor Haveli with its current owner.

The provincial government wanted to buy the haveli due to its historic importance and conserve it in its as original shape for domestic or international tourists. The current owner, however, while estimating the cost of the place at 5 Crore Pakistani Rupees, continues to put forth his assertion of building a commercial complex at the site due to its premier location in the city.

Earlier, Haji Muhammad Israr, the current owner of Kapoor Haveli, had reportedly attempted to demolish the building at least three times, but his efforts were thwarted by subsequent FIRs  by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Heritage Department.

“It is a matter of concern that the ‘Kapoor Haveli’ which we consider as the pride of our city is in dilapidated condition and is fast heading to the disappearance because of being ignored,” Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, who was a teenager in early 1990s when late-Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor visited the house, was quoted as saying by the news agency PTI.

The House, although, continues to be in a dilapidated state due to its poor maintenance, with locals fearing its eventual collapse if the government doesn’t take necessary steps to ensure its conservation.

The ‘Kapoor Haveli’ in Peshawar was built by Ranbir Kapoor’s great-great Grandfather Basheswarnath Kapoor. The Kapoor family, originally from Peshawar, which now falls in Pakistan migrate to Mumbai after the partition in 1947.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta