August 8, 2020

Peshawar, the Bollywood Kapoors’ home away from home

When it comes to silver screen dynasties, few around the world could match how prolific Bollywood’s Kapoor family has been. Beginning with pioneer Prithviraj Kapoor, the family has produced four generations of leading men and women for India’s film industry and starred in classics that are enjoyed and remembered fondly by many across South Asian divides.

For the residents of Peshawar, however, their affinity for the Kapoors goes far beyond just the movies. It is a well-known fact that the family’s roots lie in the Walled City. The family’s legacy in Peshawar is best encapsulated by the Kapoor Haveli which still stands in the Qissa Khwani Dhaki Nalbandi area. Commissioned by Prithviraj Kapoor in 1918, the haveli was constructed by 1922, according to local historians.

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