Legendry Indian actor Mohammed Yusuf Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar, has reminisced his old days when he used to live with his family at his house in Peshawar.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to buy and preserve house of the Muslim actor as a heritage site. Dilip Kumar thanked Pakistan for this decision.
In a series of tweets, written by his twitter handler on his behalf, he said he was at once full of fond remembrances of his parents, grandparents and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins who filled the house with the sounds of their chatter and hearty laughter.
“My mother who was frail and delicate was always in the spacious kitchen of the house and as a little boy I would wait for her to finish her chores so that I could just sit by her side and gaze at her beautiful face.
“I have memories of the sitting room where the family gathered for high tea in the evenings, the large room where the ladies prayed, the terrace, the bedrooms, everything,” he said.
Yusuf Khan said he could vividly recall the piggy rides on his grandfather’s back and the scary stories his grandmother cooked up to forbid him from wandering out of the house alone.
He said the stories he heard at Qissa Khawani Bazaar provided impetus to choose scripts for his movies.
“I have lovely memories of Qissa Khwani Bazaar, where I received my first lessons in story telling, which later provided the impetus to choose meaty stories and scripts for my work.
“Every day as the trading closed in the market of Qissa Khwani Bazaar, a story teller would sit in the centre of the square narrating stories of valour and victory, deceit and retribution which I would listen to with wide- eyed attention, seated next to my father and uncles,” he said.