LAHORE: Popular but controversial Pakistani television host and politician Aamir Liaquat Hussain died in loneliness and depression at his home on Thursday, drawing attention to a fragility beneath the glamorous covering, glitter and lights flashy of the showbiz world.
Research shows that many Pakistani, Indian and international showbiz personalities have gone bankrupt after their lives were derailed for various reasons ranging from failed marriages and reckless spending to drug addiction and career ups and downs.
He often appeared on Youtube for mostly bad reasons, and was therefore vehemently criticized by the general public, a factor which could also have contributed to the deterioration of Aamir’s mental health.
Here are some examples of renowned TV, film and theater personalities who have succumbed to miserable circumstances:
One of the most famous Pakistani film actors, Waheed Murad, known for his charming expressions, seductive personality, tender voice and unusual talent, was only 45 years old when he was found dead with a sheet of paper. “paan” in the mouth. Waheed was staying with a friend and his bedroom door had to be broken in the morning after he didn’t wake up until the afternoon. His wife had left him and he had developed various stomach problems.
At one point, part of his stomach had to be removed to prevent bleeding. Whether it was a heart attack or suicide, no one knows, but records suggest Waheed, who starred in 125 feature films and won 32 film awards, had become addicted to alcohol , oral tobacco and sleeping pills. Nazia Hassan, the first Pakistani singer to hit the UK charts and sell more than 65 million records worldwide, fought a long battle with lung cancer and died aged just 35 shortly after her divorce .
In January 2019, legendary film and TV actress, Roohi Bano left the world in Turkey after suffering kidney failure. In Pakistan, she had lived alone since the murder of her 20-year-old son in 2005.
The illustrious comedian, Rafi Khawar aka Nannah had gained immense popularity in the first half of the 80s and along with the late Nannah had a love affair with fellow actress Nazli in his prime time. But after Nannah started delivering flops and struggled financially, Nazli reportedly parted ways with him. Nannah allegedly committed suicide by shooting herself in Lahore in June 1986.
Gorgeous Lollywood actress Rani (real name: Nasira Begum) has had three failed marriages in a row. Also referred to as “The Dancing Queen”, Rani died of cancer in May 1993. Meena Kumari, the tragedy queen of Indian cinema, also faced heartaches and misfortunes in real life. A failed relationship with actor Dharmendra and a broken marriage had sent her on a downward spiral. She earned a lot throughout her career but died poor.
All time beautiful Indian actress Madhubala has been diagnosed with end stage congenital heart disease. Her affair with Dilip Kumar and the heartbreak she suffered from the superstar was a hot topic at the time. She was bedridden for almost eight years before succumbing to death in 1968. Another very pretty Indian actress, Parveen Babi, also had an ugly end to her life. She was found dead in her Mumbai apartment in January 2005.