Let Pakistan govt demolish Kapoor Haveli: Rishi Kapoor

Haveli's owner had the building's top two storeys demolished but Directorate of Archaeology halted the destruction

News Desk January 17, 2016
Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor. PHOTO: FILE

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."

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The owner of the Haveli on Saturday had the top two storeys of the building demolished overnight after it turned into a threat for neighbouring houses. However, the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums stepped and halted the destruction of this iconic structure.

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.

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“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.

The Kapoor Haveli is one of the more imposing buildings in the old city, situated in Mohallah Dhaki Munawar Shah, inside the Asamai Gate and can be accessed through the narrow, winding streets of the historic Qissa Khwani Bazaar.

The article originally appeared in The Hindu


Dobbie | 7 years ago | Reply Something must have happened in past few years that he;s talking like this. They pay salaries to couple of people for maintaining Raj Kapoor House in Peshawar. No tehwaar in their family starts without the mati sent from there Pesahwar's house. Rishi and Shammi have visited the house couple of times. Go check youtube. I think incidents like honoring Dilip kumar with Nishan-e Haider and ignoring Raj Kapoor might have triggered these feelings of alienation. Couple of times their visas were also refused.
Syed Ahmed | 7 years ago | Reply These buildings should have structure re-enforced if possible and saved, they have nothing to do with Kapoor, they are just pretty structures, he admits himself, they may have rented it, but the building is worthy of being saved, it does not belong to Kapoor, it belongs to our history. Repair it, make it stronger, beautify it and let it be a heritage site as they do in the US.
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