Neglected and dejected: Fifty Fifty fame Majid Jahangir in need of govt help

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By Web Desk October 4, 2015 12:03

Neglected and dejected: Fifty Fifty fame Majid Jahangir in need of govt help

Sitting in the corner in the utter dejection at his decrepit two-room apartment in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, the 64-year-old actor has much to describe about his glooming phase of life he is going through since couple of decades.

Mr. Jahangir was awarded numerous medals and awards during his acting career. He was shot to prominence for his leading role in the sitcom Fifty Fifty – the most popular comedy play of Pakistani TV – in the 1980s. The popular TV serial continued for six years from 1979 to 1985.

Majid also worked in four Pakistani movies and appeared in more than 35 stage shows besides radio plays. But the current phase of his life is indeed a hardscrabble one. He also worked for the PTV for over 20 years.

The artist is now facing serious health problems and dire financial constraints. He is seemingly unhappy with the government for its ‘hollow’ promises.

He went to the US for some years, but could not settle — mainly for his love to the country. It was just two and a half-month ago when he was paralyzed.

He feels dejected by attitude of his friends. He recalled the moment he was awarded Pride of Performance in the 1980s during Zia-ul-Haq regime, but no subsequent democratic governments paid heed to his miseries, he says.

He also complained for not getting any attention from the authorities even after government’s announcement of a Governor Sindh Relief Fund meant for artistes.

Majid also expresses dismay for not receiving any grant from recently-announced Sindh Endowment Fund for artistes despite his name being in the list of beneficiaries.



Web Desk
By Web Desk October 4, 2015 12:03
  • Ali Jaffery

    Indeed, Fifty Fifty is timeless and still makes us laugh and remember the days of our youth. It is really sad to see our performers suffer in their later years.

    But I do question the whole logic of “qoum ki khidmat ki…. and now look at how the Hakoomat is treating them”. narrative. From what I recall, they were paid for their service, singers got paid for their songs and artists got the market rathe for their craft. So why do we want to impose a social obligation on rest of us?

  • Adnan

    Please send me Sir Majid Jahangir (Our Legend) sitcom Fifty Fifth , Please no need to talk talk and discussion about government what they are doing, Just go and best possible help him

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