Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu lauds Pakistan govt's efforts to conserve his ancestral home
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial government is to buy the ancestral homes of Kumar and fellow Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor.
The wife of Indian actor Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, has expressed her delight about recent reports of his ancestral home in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa being purchased by the government for conservation.
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial government has decided to purchase the ancestral houses of legendary Bollywood actors Kumar and Raj Kapoor to conserve the historic buildings which are in dilapidated condition and facing demolition threat.
Kumar's ancestral house is over 100 years old and is situated in the Qissa Khwani Bazar locality.
Saira Banu told the Entertainment Times: "I wish the provincial government success in its efforts and sincerely hope that this time the dream comes true. Mashallah."
She added: "My heart fills up with joy each time I receive the same news about the ancestral home of Yousuf Saheb in Peshawar in North West Frontier province which the provincial government has been repeatedly trying to turn into a monument for posterity. It has come up so many times in the past and I have appreciated the tenacity with which the government is pursuing the mission of turning the house into a museum for the public to visit and feel the vintage charm of the house where Dilip Saheb grew up like any bright boy of the province."
She said that they visited the house some years ago, and that the actor became emotional as he reflected on childhood memories.
"The house is of great sentimental value to my husband and I have shared his pride and happiness during a visit to the property some years ago. He was so emotional when he saw the house where he spent his lovely childhood in the comfort and security of a large, refined family."
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