Peshawar: Dilip Kumar's 92nd birthday was celebrated today with much fanfare in his home town of Peshawar where the legendary actor spent the first 12 years of his life. The life and achievements of Kumar, who was discharged from hospital in Mumbai today following a brief illness, were celebrated in his home town by the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in collaboration with Cultural Heritage Council and Peshawar Press Club.
Indian actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Amjad Ali Khan's wife, Manoj Kumar and Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Banu shared their thoughts about the 'Devdas' star via phone. Kumar, who was born in Mohallah Khudadad near Qissa Khwani Bazaar of Peshawar on December 11, 1922, has narrated fond memories of his childhood years in his autobiography 'The Substance and The Shadow'.
"Future plan of our department is to conserve the houses of not only Dilip Kumar but also Raj Kapoor, who is another legend born in Peshawar, preserve them and turn them into living museums, where the actors' life will be charted for public," said Amjad Afaridi, advisor to Pervez Khattak, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Also present at the ceremony were Nasir Hussain (President Press Club), Younas Qiyasi (President Cultural Heritage Council), Shakeel Wahidullah (Cultural Heritage Council) and Director Archaeology & Museums Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abdul Samad....