Renowned Pakistani screenwriter Anwar Maqsood has shared how cancer-stricken actress Naila Jaffery sought his help as well as the lack of financial security for her actors in the industry.
To talk to glossetc.comJaffery, 85, spoke about the industry’s concerns about non-payment of royalties to actors whose shows are being aired again on TV channels.
In a video message from a hospital, the veteran actress appealed for royalties from her dramas so that she could pay for her cancer treatment.
Calling the industry “selfish.” Loose talk The host stressed the need for artists to unite and create a fund where the need arises to distribute income among these artists.
“Artists need to create a fund where they can donate a certain percentage of their earnings to fraternal people who may be in need. The industry needs to be selfish where every man and woman roams to make individual profits. It needs to be more united, “he said.
He shared his experience with the late star Khaleda Riaz who asked him to write a play for himself while fighting cancer as he needed funds for treatment.
“Khaleda called me and told me that she had never worked with me and she wanted me to write a play for her. I then wrote my play ‘Half Plate’ and I think it Khaleda’s performance was the most memorable, she said, adding that she died 10 days after the drama aired on TV.
He added that Jeffrey had now approached him with a similar request.
“Now, Naila has called me and asked me to write a play for her. I told her I would try. May Allah grant her health and long life.”
As soon as Jafari’s video was leaked, Sindh Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Sardar Ali Shah on Monday announced medical treatment with him at the expense of the Sindh government.
In a statement, the minister said that his department would bear all the medical expenses of the veteran actress, who has been battling cancer since 2016.