Poor legends of Pakistan
IQRA SALEEM Over the ages, Pakistan has been blessed with many talented artists and they left behind their memorable work, but what this country gave to them? Many stories of cheers and tears have ended in tragedy. In the end they lived in abject poverty and died without getting help from any quarter. Actress Romana, Nimmi, Zakir Ali Khan, Sudheer, Mazhar Shah, Pervaiz Mehdi, Jaggi Malik and Adeeb suffered in their later years. Legendry stars Romana and Nimmi were seen begging from people in their last days.
Ustad Zakir AliKhan, brother of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, passed away in abject poverty some years ago. He continued to wait for days on end for his meagre amount cheques to clear. In his last days, he used to visit the offices of art councils and its allied institutions seeking help, as he was also suffering from multiple diseases. He passed away in grief and disbelief that no one had come to his help.
Showbiz is a strange world. The glamour and glitz of this field often makes the artistes commit mistakes. To propel their image as celebrities they overspend and some go wayward. But those artists who save for the rainy day live comfortably in old age. However, it is a fact that there is no public or private sector institution established especially for welfare of artists. I request concerned authorities to take favourable actions and provide proper shelter and health facilities to those great artists who spend their lives serving Pakistan. —Karachi