According to a Pakistani cultural office late veteran actor Vinod Khanna wanted to visit his ancestral home in this city but the Bollywood star breathed his last before he could fulfil his last dream.
Khanna passed away at a hospital in Mumbai on Thursday.
He was 70. Shakeel Waheedullah, General Secretary Cultural Heritage Council Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who met Khanna in 2014 in India as part of a cultural delegation, said, "In his autograph, Khanna extended his good wishes to people of Peshawar and expressed adesire to visit his ancestral city."
"Khanna wanted to visit Peshawar to see the area where his parents and forefathers lived.He had sent a request forhis visit to Pakistan, but could not succeed," Waheedullah added.
He said the Cultural Heritage Council Khyber Pakhtunkhwawill soon hold an event to honour Khanna.
Renowned film historian Muhammad Ibrahim Zia was also apart of the delegation that met Khanna and legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who also belongs to Peshawar. Zia said Khanna's ancestral home in Peshawar is intactand being used by All Pakistan Women's Association.
"During our meeting with Khanna, he was very happy overhis reunion with the people of his birth place Peshawar," Zia said.
The delegation presented Khanna gifts including PeshawarChappal (footwear) and a traditional dress which he acceptedhappily, Zia said.
The historian said Khanna's father Mehr Chand was awell-off person in Peshawar and migrated to India in 1947 when Khanna was an infant.
"Khanna was born in Peshawar on October 6, 1946 at Sardararea in Cantonment jurisdiction. His father Mehr Chand Khannawas a prominent businessman and former Minister in Congress," said Zia, who has authored a book, 'Peshawar the Funkar', on the artistes from the city.