The ancestral home of Veteran Bollywood personality Dilip Kumar in Peshawar will be a museum soon.
While the house-to-museum conversion discussions have been going on for years, the plan looks set to happen sooner than ever now.
What Did Dilip Kumar’s Wife Say?
Dilip Kumar’s wife, Saira Banu, confirmed the news and said, “My heart overflows with joy every time I receive news about the ancestral home of Yousuf Saheb in Peshawar in the northwestern province of Frontier (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).
She adds, “It has happened 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 Kumar grew up like any bright boy of the province.”
‘The House Was Very Important To Dilip Kumar’
Saira said the house was very important to Dilip Kumar.
She also mentions that, “I have shared his pride and joy when I visited this place some years ago. He was so moved when he saw the house where he lived his beautiful childhood and was comfortable and safe in a big, holy family. I wish the provincial government succeeds in their efforts and sincerely hope that this is a dream and finally it has come to be true. “
‘They Did Not Ask For Any Inputs’
When asked if Pakistani authorities had approached her and Dilip Kumar about what things would be kept in the museum and if anyone had asked for anything from them, Saira said, “They did not ask for input.”
Dilip Kumar was born as Mohammad Yusuf Khan to Ayesha Begum and Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan and was one of 12 children at home in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar area in Peshawar.
His father was a land owner and fruit seller who owned gardens in Peshawar and Deolali. In 1940, Dilip Kumar after an argument, left home and moved to Pune where he met the owner of a Parsi cafe who offered him a job; later set up a sandwich shop.
Save Rs. 5000 and moved to Bombay. Early in 1943, he wanted to start another business that would help his father financially, and he met a gentleman at the Churchgate railway station who asked him to accompany him to the Bombay Talkies in Malad.
Actress Devika Rani who was the owner of Bombay Talkies saw her and signed Dilip for the company on a salary of Rs. 1250 and the rest is just history.