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December 7, 2017



Art lovers remember legendary actor Shashi Kapoor

PESHAWAR: The art lovers arranged a candlelight vigil on Wednesday to pay tribute to late Bollywood legendry actor Shashi Kapoor who died recently in India after a protracted illness. The event was held outside the Kapoor Haveli (mansion), the ancestral home of Kapoor family, located at Dhaki Munawwar Shah locality, near historic Qissa Khwani.
The Cultural Heritage Council (CHC), an organisation working for preservation of culture and heritage, had arranged the event.
The program was attended by cinema lovers and people from other walks of life. Prominent among them were Muhammad Ibrahim Zia, a noted film historian from Peshawar who is the author of several books on the subject and has frequently travelled to India in connection with research on his works, and Saifullah Safi, a young art fan.
Speaking on the occasion, CHC Secretary, Shakeel Waheedullah, paid tributes to Shashi Kapoor. He said the late actor never forget Peshawar, the native city of his ancestors.
Due to his love for Peshawar, Shashi Kapoor also visited the city in year 2000 to see his ancestral home, recalled the cultural activist. “Peshawarites have great love and respect for the Kapoor family and those Bollywood stars who belong to the ancient city,” he remarked. Ibrahim Zia, who has penned a comprehensive book to highlight the contributions of the Peshawar and KP to Bollywood, said great stars of the Indian film industry, including Dilip Kumar (Muhammad Yousaf Khan), Prithvi Raj, Raj Kapoor, Shami Kapoor, Vinod Khana, Amjad Khan, Anil Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and a number of other have roots in Peshawar.
He threw light on connection of the Kapoor family with Peshawar. The writer informed the participants that Prithivi Raj, father of Raj Kapoor and Shami Kapoor used to go to Bombay (now Mumbai) from Peshawar for performing in films and theatre.
In 1942, he continued, Basheshwarnath Kapoor, grandfather of Shashi Kapoor, who had served as a police officer in the

Indian Imperial Police, migrated to Bombay from Peshawar.
“Despite migration, the Kapoor family had very strong love for Peshawar, their native city,” Ibrahim Zia pointed out.
The film historian said Raj Kapoor, brother of Shashi Kapoor, used to express his desire of seeing his family home at Dhakki Munawwar Shah, before his death.
Recalling the interaction with the members of the Kapoor family, Ibrahim Zia said during a visit to India in 2014, he met Shashi Kapoor and was left deeply impressed by his warm response.
“Late Shashi Kapoor felt happy when he was informed that guests from Peshawar had arrived to meet him. He was confined to wheelchair at that time and spoke very little but thanked me when I gifted him my book on the contributions of Peshawar to Bollywood and told him that it had sufficient information on the Kapoor family,” recalled Ibrahim Zia.
The film historian said Peshawarites showered love on the members of the Kapoor family, including Rishi Kapoor (father of Ranbir Kapoor), Randher Kapoor(father of Kareena and Krishma Kapoor) and Shashi Kapoor whey they visited their family home separately in Peshawar.
Ibrahim Zia praised a late mayor of Peshawar, Saeed Ahmad Jan, who played host to the Kapoors during their visits.
Shakeel Wahidullah Khan announced that a CHC delegation would soon visit India to meet the bereaved family of Shashi Kapoor and offer condolence to them from the people of Peshawar.
It may be mentioned here that the Kapoor Haveli, which is the birth place of Raj Kapoor, is in a poor state. The provincial government had announced to preserve the building by giving it a heritage status but the announcement is yet to be translated into action.