If you were a kid or a teenager in late 90s and had a television set at your home or in one of the homes in your area, chances are 100 percent that you remember a superpower character ‘Zakoota’ and his famous dialogue, ‘Mujhy Kaam Batao, Main Kia Karoun, Main Kis Ko Khaoun,’ (Tell me the job, what should I do, whom should I eat) in the most popular children drama serial in the Pakistan history, ‘Ainak Wala Jin.’ The 62 years old Matloob ur Rehman alias Munna Lahori, who played Zakoota in Ainak Wala Jin, is now a jobless-paralysis patient.
Munna Lahori, a veteran stage artist at Al Hamra Arts Council, Lahore, has not done a single show for last eight months. The stage artist had run out of money and have to leave his home. There is no home for Lahori in Lahore city and he is living somewhere in a non residential area. He requests government and drama industry to allot him a home somewhere in a residential area.
“I request Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef to allot me a home in a residential area, where, at least, I can die in peace and my family can live like human beings”
Talking to BBC Urdu service, Munna Lahori aka Zakoota, complained that during his illness days, nobody from Arts Council, artist organisations, and government has come for his help. All he receives is a claque from Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Shehbaz Sharif, and that too once after two-three months.
His wife, Rukhsana, told that their eldest son works at Lahore Metro and earns a sum of rupees 12,000 per month.
Zakoota found his job and did it well. He entertained you and created memories. It is now your time to pay back and all you need to do is, raise your voice and share the message, ‘Zakoota Needs A Home’