Kapoor Haveli

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Kapoor Haveli in dilapidated condition, in Peshawar

Kapoor Haveli is a residential building in the city of Peshawar, in modern-day Pakistan.[1][2] It was home of one generation of the Kapoor family of India. It was constructed before the partition of India, between 1918 and 1922, by Dewan Basheswarnath Kapoor, father of Prithviraj Kapoor, the first member of the family to enter film industry in 1928 as an extra in his first film, Do Dhari Talwar.[3][4] Among the notable members of the family, Trilok Kapoor, Prithiviraj's younger brother and his son, Raj Kapoor were born in the building.

The Kapoors are Punjabi Hindus.[5] After Partition in 1947, members of the family, like other Hindus, left the city and the building. It was purchased in an auction in 1968 by a local individual from Charsadda town in the North West Frontier Province under the settlement clause and then sold to a resident of Peshawar.

It is now being converted into a museum by IMGC Global Entertainment in Pakistan with the support of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.

History[edit]

According to a wooden slab inside the entrance, the construction of the building was started in 1918 and completed in 1922 in British India.

The Kapoors are Punjabi Hindus.[6] Raj Kapoor was born in this haveli in 1924. Two of his younger siblings, who died early in 1931,[7] were also born here. Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor were born in India, but they visited and lived at the mansion at times.[8] After the Partition of India in 1947, members of the family, like other Hindus, left the city and the building. It was purchased in an auction in 1968 by a jeweller Haji Khushal Rasool from Charsadda town in the North West Frontier Province under the settlement clause and then sold to a resident of Peshawar.[9]

Haji Israr Shah, the current owner of the building, said his father had purchased the building in the mid-1980s. Area residents say they used the building for events like marriage celebrations. Local resident and former mayor Abdul Hakim Safi said "The house has been empty for about 12 years as its present owners visit rarely".[10]

The owners of the historic building demolished its top three storeys two decades ago due to cracks created by an earthquake in its upper portion due to its location on steep mound. The building today is surrounded by commercial buildings, posing serious threat to its body.[11]

Raj Kapoor's younger brother Shashi Kapoor, and sons, Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, visited Peshawar and their old family home in 1990.[12] They also took some soil from the compound to remember their heritage.[13]

Architecture[edit]

The multi-storey house has about 40 rooms and its front is adorned with exquisite floral motifs and 'jharokas' or overhanging balconies.[14] Many sections of the facade have begun crumbling.

Memories[edit]

The elders of Dhaki Munawar Shah when visited by a journalist in 2003 still recalled the days they spent with the Kapoor family. Abdul Wahid, a bedridden 75-year-old shoemaker, stated "I used to play with Raj Kapoor". He remembers when he enjoyed cold drinks with Raj Kapoor from Binori Lal’s shop situated near the mansion.[15] Mohammad Yaqoob, a 90-year-old resident of Dhakki, remembers Raj Kapoor. "He was my buddy back in the 1920s. He was a year younger than me. We used to play a game of sticks called gulli-danda. We went to the same school". Kailashwati, next door neighbour in Samundari (birthplace of Prithviraj Kapoor), whom Kapoor family used to call "laal chunni" recalls how passionate Prithviraj Kapoor was about theatre.

The Kapoors moved to Mumbai in the 1930s, and their occasional visits to Peshawar ended completely after the partition of India in 1947, he says.[16] Some of the family friends of the Kapoor family have visited the Kapoors.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Showman Raj Kapoor’s house to be converted into museum By Hidayat KhanPublished: September 23, 2012 http://tribune.com.pk/story/441304/showman-raj-kapoors-house-to-be-converted-into-museum/
  2. ^ What If Prithviraj Kapoor Had Not Left Peshawar?, Dev Anand, Outlook, 8/19/2004 http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?224841
  3. ^ Rishi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi remember a compassionate human on 113th birth anniversary of Prithviraj Kapoor: ‘The man who started it all’, Hindustan TImes, Nov 03, 2019.
  4. ^ Remembering Prithviraj Kapoor: 10 facts you must know about the Father of Bollywood, India Today, November 3, 2016.
  5. ^ [Bengali Cinema: 'An Other Nation', Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series, Sharmistha Gooptu, Routledge, 2010 p. 124 https://books.google.com/books?id=pzEdHF5UYcMC&pg=PA124 Sharmistha Gooptu]
  6. ^ [Bengali Cinema: 'An Other Nation', Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series, Sharmistha Gooptu, Routledge, 2010 p. 124 https://books.google.com/books?id=pzEdHF5UYcMC&pg=PA124 Sharmistha Gooptu]
  7. ^ Shammi Kapoor, Rama Prithviraj Kapoor Kapoor Family Website, 1998
  8. ^ Madhu Jain, The Kapoors: The First Family of Indian Cinema, Penguin Books India, 2005
  9. ^ Prithviraj Kapoor's ancestral home in Peshawar in poor state Muzaffarpur http://www.dnaindia.com/india/1225623/report-prithviraj-kapoor-s-ancestral-home-in-peshawar-in-poor-state
  10. ^ Locals welcome restoration of Bollywood legends' homes in Pak Press Trust of India | Updated: December 21, 2011 http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/locals-welcome-restoration-of-bollywood-legends-homes-in-pak-159734
  11. ^ http://www.dawn.com/weekly/yworld/archive/080913/yworld11.htm AROUND TOWN: The Kapoor House:A Cultural Asset By Sher Alam Shinwari September 12, 2008
  12. ^ Geo TV News, Dec 31 2005, Shaquil Farmal Ali, Video, RAJ KAPOOR HAVELI(HOME) IN PESHAWAR Uploaded on Sep 25, 2010 2:35
  13. ^ http://www.newslinemagazine.com/2010/08/monumental-loss/ Monumental Loss, Sher Alam Shinwari 27 August 2010
  14. ^ Prithviraj Kapoor's ancestral home in Peshawar in poor state Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 http://www.dnaindia.com/india/1225623/report-prithviraj-kapoor-s-ancestral-home-in-peshawar-in-poor-state
  15. ^ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_29-12-2003_pg7_25 Monday, December 29, 2003. Peshawarites still remember the Kapoor family
  16. ^ Dalip and Kapoor Houses, Childhood friend Yaqub Khan At 1:12, Alishaziali, Mar 13, 2011
  17. ^ SHASHI KAPOOR & M Y KHAN, KHAN1561, May 20, 2012

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