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July 3, 2012

Dilip Kumar's ancestral house in Pak not to get heritage status owing to property dispute

     Peshawar: The Pakistan culture department's plan to declare Bollywood icon Dilip Kumar's ancestral house into a heritage site has been shattered owing to a dispute over the ownership of the property. According to the Dawn, the culture department wanted to preserve the ancestral house, but this could not materialize as the government failed to buy the house since many people claimed its ownership. Yousaf Khan, the real name of Dilip Kumar, stayed in the house till the age of 12 before moving to Mumbai with his family. The culture directorate had planned to bring Dilip Kumar's personal belongings to the house from India to put them on display for visitors. It also wanted to set up a library of his films in the house. Culture Director Pervez Khan said the government dropped the idea of buying the house after more than one person laid claim to the property. "Now, there are legal complications, and till the time the rightful owner is not known, the directorate would not go ahead with the plan," Khan added. The current owner claimed that he had bought the house about six years ago at a cost of Rs 5.1 million and he had legal documents to prove his claim. However, other persons have also claimed ownership. The chances of getting possession of old houses belonging to Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Raj Kapoor, also located in Peshawar , have also been dropped.
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