Rangeela promises to help tsunami victims
LAHORE: Veteran star Rangeela is going to launch a campaign with colleague Muhammad Ali to raise funds for those affected by the tsunami disaster, once he fully recovers from illness, his daughter Farah Deeba told Daily Times on Friday.
The actor, presently being treated at the Sharif Medical City Complex, had been admitted into Sheikh Zaid Hospital originally. Deeba said her father had been shifted following the instructions of former prime minister and fan Mian Nawaz Sharif, who had been bearing all the medical expenses.
Deeba, PML-Q’s councilor in Johar Town, said that despite her party membership, Sharif had not flinched to extend a hand to her father in the time of need. “Most of Main Sahib’s family members visit my father, including Shehbaz Sharif’s daughter and sister,” she said.
Rangeela was admitted around a month ago after developing serious problems of heart and lungs. “My father’s condition is improving rapidly and his heart and lungs-dialysis reports are satisfactory,” she said, adding, “I appeal to people of Pakistan through Daily Times to pray for my father’s recovery.”
She said that Rangeela’s old colleagues Muhammad Ali and Irfan Khuast had been visiting him when he decided to help the tsunami victims. “It is sad that most of the prominent young stars of Lollywood could take out time to visit my father, who is one of the industry’s greatest legends.
Sixty-year-old Rangeela began his film career in 1957. He was working as a billboard painter when director Anwar Kamal Pasha, amused by his slapstick gestures and postures, case him as a comedian. Rangeela was also a body-builder and a boxer before joining the films. He has five sons and six daughters from three marriages. shoaib ahmed