Zee Media Bureau/ Aparna Mudi
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declared veteran superstar Dilip Kumar`s ancestral home a national heritage monument.
Lovingly called Dilip Sahab by the film fraternity, the actor`s ancestral property in Peshawar has now been given the status of national heritage monument. The Pakistani PM has directed the Ministry of information, broadcasting and national heritage to acquire the house.
According to a leading Pakistani daily, after acquiring the property, the government is planning to convert it to a museum. It is rumoured that the property was previously occupied illegaly by a family claiming to be Dilip Kumar's relatives. The leading daily also reported that the home situated in the famed Qisa Khawani Bazaar of Peshawar was in a derelict state.
The 91 year old thespian is one of the best known actors of the yesteryear, and is a legend in Indian cinema, having worked in cult classic movies like `Devdas` and `Mughal-e-azam`. Also known as Yousuf Khan, Dilip Sahab has fans all over the world. He has worked in the cinema for six decades and in his long innings he played both hero and character roles.