Television had been an important part of our lives since its emergence. It is one of the continuously changing aspect of our lives that had been with us for so long. Every individual in some phase of his life must have adored some characters from TV. It could either be a cartoon, a drama serial or even a puppet show (yeah don’t forget sesame street, I remember it because i didn’t like it at all).
Back in my days of childhood we didn’t have dedicated channels of cartoons or movies. We were just restricted to some infinitesimal time slots in which we could cherish our favorite shows. I remember that just to watch five minutes of cartoon show in the morning before leaving for school was one of the major achievements of the day and it meant something like someone has awarded you the bragging rights. We were not critics back then and we appreciated whatever we had got (it was a blessing of course).
I even liked a show which was far from my understandings at that age but I loved to watch those characters. “Kaliyaan” and “Kaliyaan plus” was one of the popular puppet show back in 90s and I have no shame in admitting that I couldn’t understand most of what they presented back then but I cherished them mostly because we were cartoon deprived. It was a show mostly highlighting the evils of society and sarcasm bombardment on government policies but in a very light way. Now we all run the same show on Facebook in a different ways.
Guest House was another famous drama serial which was a sort of show which we could easily call the family show. Of course it doesn’t comply with the modern day family movies or TV shows as whole family could watch it in a single room on a single TV without feeling uncomfortable or to feel the need to change channels. It wasn’t because we didn’t have much options in terms of channels available or because we didn’t have many TV sets in same home but because content was too nice and appropriate. We do have a different meaning of family shows now where every member of the family can watch a show but individually (Even cartoons are hard to manage these days).
Anyways, I wanted to buy a SIM card for one of my phones (don’t worry I won’t be setting off bombs with it and stop thinking why I needed it, I just have a spare slot in my dual sim phone and I wanted it to be filled…yeah its a nerd perfectionist thing). When I entered the shop, I saw a familiar face. I don’t claim that I have an awesome memory but I do recognize some faces. I asked him if he was Anjum Habibi from Kaliyaan and he nodded saying yes I am. I was surprised that what is he doing here, he had a good career in sitcoms let alone the shows I have mentioned. After selecting the number of my choice I engaged him into a conversation.
After ensuring that he doesn’t feel embarrassed or anything close to that. I appreciated his work in Kaliyaan and told him that show like that could continue forever as it discussed the matters of society in a very light way and every single episode of that is still so valid (as the change flag bearers are not even close to evolution let alone revolution). He agreed but didn’t gave a clear answer for that. Based on my previous knowledge I asked him much bluntly that in one of the interview of Farooq Qaiser (the team leader and director of the show) said that his team caused that show to end and it was because of dishonesty and lack of commitment of some team mates. He also said that some of the men could not handle the fame and were too demanding. This avalanched the mood barrier of Mr. Anjum, he said “it’s so sad to hear what he said. He was given 200,000 for shows and set of episodes and he only paid us 2000 to 4000 even when we were team of 6 to 8. He kept on doing that and eventually we can’t wear masks like that and do multiple characters for peanuts”. I further inquired that it was an era of PTV (the national TV channel, it still exists but don’t watch it as it doesn’t criticize government as much as we want and tell us peaceful stuff so doesn’t fill our appetite for violent and aggressive TV). He agreed and said “we got PTV monthly cheques but all bonuses and extra awards (which were frequent) were the one which were not shared at all. He (Farooq Qaiser) claimed it to be his personal effort and didn’t share a thing with his team”. He also added “TV is not that nice to us anymore said in a painful way. This is my PCO/photostate shop(s) and I do some other business too”. It almost was a killing moment for me to see one of the beautiful characters of old times who smiled with lots of regret and painin his eyes when he said “This isn’t a very good place to live for a man with honesty, people don’t let you live with simplicity; we have different reasons but we are stuck here else we would have left. There is so much injustice even amongst our ranks and co-workers. People treat you badly, slap you with injustice and then accuse you too”
I shook his hands, took a pic with him and left with strange and mixed feelings. At one hand I was happy to see and meet a person who had been a part of wonderful plays which I enjoyed in last two decades and other hand I was hurt about the misery and struggle he was going through and just because of unjustified treatment by team mates and co-workers. It’s quite common here that bosses take all the credit and often leave employees or team mates behind totally unappreciated. Even a horse is patted by the rider as a sign of appreciation but unfortunately we are not horses and we aren’t being ridden by nice guys either. It is also common that it is not possible for simple straight edge guy to survive the brutality of financial hardships; why? Simply because honest efforts are not appreciated. Even I have seen many people who felt no shame whatsoever in climbing over the shoulders of their mentors quite wickedly and calling it opportunity utilization.
Injustice, in any form does kill the soul of a living being. What we can do is to deny this non sense theory that if u deny someone their rights then that is the only way to move forward. We still can get all the success by legal and rightful means if we just add the element of patience and consistent effort. As rightly said “Not more as what is in your fate and not before time”.
Stay happy, keep happy, respect rights of others and believe in helping not depriving others. 🙂