Yesterday my young friend Ali Warsi (my childhood and youth friend was the same age as my parents. Now in old age friends are children, young and old. In childhood he learns from old people and in old age from children. Speaking of this old man who spent life! I I said something, forced by my insistence. He took the matter seriously. You don’t appreciate my sense of humor at all, I mumbled. In response, Ali sent a picture of Aamir Liaquat’s smiling face saying ‘wow’. Along with the picture, Ali added something like :
‘Amir’s brother left the world laughing like this!’ After reading this, I fell into deep thought. It’s really true. Amir’s brother went quietly, laughing and making people laugh. I promised Ali to write something about Aamir Bhai even though I was not a fan of him. But he was always foremost in establishing the world with them.
I know that after the publication of this article my friends who are well informed about my views cannot criticize me because I have written against Aamir Bhai in life and now I am praising him. I am taking up the pen. But I don’t care about my friends. In fact, they do not need any enemies!
Criticize Aamir Liaquat all you want, but no one, including me, can deny that he was an actor of the highest caliber. Perhaps he himself is not aware of this quality. There was a time when PTV’s reign was ‘Neelam Ghar’. It was hosted by late Tariq Aziz. Later the name of ‘Neelam Ghar’ was changed to ‘Tareq Aziz Show’. But the ‘Tareek Aziz Show’ was nothing next to the ‘Aamir Liaquat Show’. Same old script!
Aamir Liaquat changed the history of the show. What about doing things he didn’t even do on his own show? They cooked, ran, and even did the snake dance. He appeared as a child before children and as an adult before adults. It was an aspect of his personality.
Apart from being an entertainer, Aamir’s brother was also a religious scholar. The TV show he has done called Alam Online has gained quite a reputation. We used to make fun of them then: ‘Jahl Online’, ‘Elite Offline’! But now such things do not look good. Humans left the world.
Don’t rejoice when the enemy dies.
Even his enemies cannot believe his popularity. Amir Bhai has been successful whenever he has contested the National Assembly elections. It is not common for a person to have so many qualities at the same time. Amir Bhai has kept up with the times. His thinking was two hands ahead. Many shows have been modeled after them but have not been successful. He was a sole host in his own right. There was nothing in front of him until the ‘Zia Muhyuddin Show’. He gave the masses the same frenzy they craved in abundance. (Remember people are masculine and not feminine). Millions would die for an invite to his show. You may agree, you may disagree, but you cannot deny that Aamir Liaquat was the greatest entertainer of this century, an entertainer who has nothing to compare with even Umar Sharif. That’s why every TV channel kept going back and forth with him. Then praise Amir Bhai’s strength. Ramadan broadcasts were exhausting from Iftar to Sehoor. Aamir Bhai took on Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar, who fancies himself a great intellectual and writer (actually nothing) on a show. He was told that your real place is an insane asylum. Khalil Qamar is a rude man from whose tongue no one is safe. But what to do in front of Amir’s brother? And how? which was true.
Perhaps Amir’s brother has said this one good and true thing about life. May Allah forgive them. amen