90th birthday of cinema icon celebrated in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The Cultural Heritage Council (CHC) Tuesday celebrated the 90th birthday of the Indian cinema legend from Peshawar, Dilip Kumar (Mohammad Yusuf Khan), with a strong assurance by the Provincial Minister for Culture Mian Iftikhar Hussain that the government would acquire and preserve his ancestral home in the light of an earlier announcement of giving the dwelling a national heritage status.
The function was held at the Peshawar Press Club under the aegis of CHC, a non-profit social welfare organisation, to pay glowing tributes to the iconic actor. Prominent personalities, including film stars, journalists, lawyers, and culture lovers attended the event.
Dilip Kumar had decided not to celebrate his birthday this year to mourn the death of various prominent personalities, including filmmaker Yash Chopra, Rajesh Khanna, Dara Singh and others. But his fans gathered here in his hometown to mark the day.
In a phone call, veteran actor Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Bano thanked the CHC and other participants for celebrating his birthday.
Saira Bano said they had visited Dilip Kumar’s ancestral home at Mohallah Khudadad at Qissa Khwani Bazaar in Peshawar in the past and can’t forget the hospitality and love of the people.The CHC office-bearers said the function was aimed at cementing ties between the two neighbouring countries and promoting people-to-people contact.
They asked the provincial government to acquire the ancestral house of Dilip Kumar and declare it a national heritage in accordance with its earlier announcement.A senior journalist and Hindko, Pashto and Urdu writer Younus Qiyassi said that the people of Peshawar were proud of Dilip Kumar and they would not forget his love for the country. “I came to know about his love for his ancestral city when I accompanied him to his house during his visit to Peshawar in 1988,” he recalled.