Emotionally never involved with Raj Kapoor’s birthplace, says Randhir

Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) Actor Randhir Kapoor, eldest son of Bollywood legend Raj Kapoor, says the illustrious family of the Hindi film industry were “never emotionally involved” with the 98-year-old four-storey “Kapoor Haveli”, which has been partially demolished in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The birthplace of Raj Kapoor has been partially demolished by its owner, the Dawn newspaper reported on Sunday.

Officials of Pakistan’s archaeology directorate said they made an eleventh-hour attempt on Saturday to save the historic building located in Dhaki Munawar Shah area of the walled city but failed.

By then, the top floor of the “Kapoor Haveli” was pulled down, the Dawn said. The report said the rest of the building was also badly damaged.

“I read this today. We have never seen that place. We have never been there. So, we were never emotionally involved with that place. I don’t know whether it really belongs to my grandfather (Prithviraj Kapoor) or not because my grandfather was not a very rich man before he came to India and joined films.”

“I do not even know whether we even owned the property or was it a rented property,” Randhir told IANS.

His star brother Rishi Kapoor tweeted that the “property belongs to the Pakistani government and it is entirely up to them to decide”.

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