Intricate jharokas still adorn the house
The ancestral home of legendary Indian actor, Prithviraj Kapoor, is located deep inside Dhaki Nalbandi, in a narrow street called Dhaki Munawar Shah in Peshawar. The family did not have filmi roots and it was on a whim that Prithviraj left Peshawar for Bombay, against his father’s wishes, to pursue his dream of becoming a ‘film star’ at the age of 22, in 1929.
Prithviraj Kapoor as Alexander the Great in Sikandar (1941)
A dynasty is founded… As it turned out, he did more than that; he founded a dynasty, the Kapoor family, popularly called the “first family of Indian cinema”. Prithviraj’s children (Raj, Shammi and Shashi), grandchildren (including Rishi), and great grandchildren (including Karisma, Kareena and Ranbir) have continued Prithviraj’s legacy. Of Prithviraj’s three sons, Raj Kapoor, “The Greatest Showman of Indian Cinema”, was born in this house in 1924; the remaining were born in India. Continue reading