There could be major political gaps right now between India and Pakistan. Yet people from both countries have common origins and cultures. There was a great upheaval in the divided countries during the partition of 1947. People on both sides faced a lot of hell problems when moving from one side to the other.
While we know many people around us who have their roots in the area we now call Pakistan, many neighbouring countries’ Bollywood stars also have roots.
Today we are going to talk about those actors from Bollywood who have had their origins in Pakistan and their ancestral houses there.
1. Dev Anand’s House
Dev Anand was born in Shakargarh and his family moved to Lahore from there. Dev Anand still saw Lahore as a big part of his life because he had spent his teenage days there. He also graduated from the Government College in Lahore in English.
Dev Anand paid a visit to his ancestral home in Lahore in 1999.
2. Rajesh Khanna’s House
Rajesh Khanna is said to have been born in Amritsar, Punjab but some reports say he was born in Burewala, Pakistan instead.
The first headmaster of MC School, Burewala, was reportedly his father Lala Hiranand Khanna. It was in 1948 that Hiranand Khanna and his family migrated to Amritsar.
3. Sanjay Dutt’s House
Sanjay Dutt’s father, Sunil Dutt, was raised in Jhelum, and the ancestors of Mother Nargis Dutt were also based in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. In the early 1940s, Sunil Dutt moved to India but his ancestral home in Pak still stands high.
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4. Shah Rukh Khan’s House
Taaj Muhammad, father of Shah Rukh Khan was born in Peshawar, Pakistan. The house is still in Peshawar where SRK ‘s father had been brought up.
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5. Dilip Kumar’s House
Raised also in Peshawar, Pakistan, was the legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar alias Yusuf Khan. Qissa Khawani Bazaar by Peshawar still boasts the house where Dilip Kumar was born and spent his initial days.
In 2013, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the ministry of national heritage to take over the building and restore it. The building was later declared a heritage monument.
However, in 2017 a part of the house collapsed and it is being used as a dumping ground by the neighbours.