LAHORE: As his luck would have it, renowned actor Majid Jahangir has met with severe unemployment and has been travelling across Pakistan searching for work. The 80s star is currently in Lahore, after failing to seize any work opportunities in Karachi.
Majid is one of the most popular comedians to come out of PTV, having made a name for himself through Shoaib Mansoor and Anwar Maqsood’s super hit 80s television serial Fifty Fifty. The now 65-year-old’s life took a turn for the worse when he became paralysed last year but fortunately, he has been receiving ample support from the Government of Sindh and is now, ready to jump back into the field.
“I’m happy now… I was very lucky that the government acknowledged and supported my family and me so much. It’s only because of this that today, I am healthy and capable of going back to work,” Majid told The Express Tribune.
Unfortunately, making a return to the industry hasn’t been as smooth as Majid perhaps thought. In fact, the artist has now begun to feel like he is being ignored. “It’s very painful to realise that no one is taking you seriously. You see, there is no shortage of work in Karachi and I am ready and able to do it all. But no one there is really thinking of senior artists,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be appreciated more in Lahore as the producers here gave work to even Nusrat Ara when they found out of her poor circumstances. I came here while I was unwell, after being disappointed by Karachi. The people of Lahore have helped me before too and I hope they will help me again.”
With nearly 45 years of experience and even a Pride of Performance award under his belt, Majid is trying his luck in Lahore as best as he can. “I know that I cannot work like I used to in the past but I know I can do even better. There are still many people who want to see my work so I have decided that I will do a one-man show or a drama. I don’t want to work in films because personally, the industry has changed now and there are no films for the common Pakistani people,” he shared. “I am a performer and performers perform till the day they die. I know that eventually, I will be successful again.”
The actor also sang praises for the government of Pakistan which, according to him, is doing a great deal for the promotion of arts, culture and the local entertainment industry. “If you ask me, it is just the people actually working within the industry that no longer think about other people,” Majid commented. “I can simply request all producers to kindly keep me in mind when they’re casting for their next projects. I may still be on medication but I am feeling much better and honestly, cannot stay at home anymore…”
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