Meeting Hamid Akhter
Kareena Kapoor is a household name. And those who are interested in films know her father Randhir Kapoor. And some go back to even remembering Raj Kapoor, the father of Randhir Kapoor. Go one generation back and you would be introduced to Prithviraj Kapoor who started the Bollywood Kapoor dynasty. So how many people you can find today who can claim to have WORKED with Prithviraj Kapoor? There is at least one. Prominent Urdu fiction writer and Lahore based journalist Hamid (Hameed) Akhter worked with Prithviraj Kapoor in a film produced in the final years of the British Raj. Hamid Akhter is currently visiting his son in California. At a dinner arranged by Ijaz Syed, Hamid Akhter recounted his companionship with Faiz and many other luminaries of the Urdu literary world.
[People who pay more attention to the Pakistani TV plays (and are behind in reading Urdu short stories and newspaper columns), know Hamid Akhter through his two accomplished actor daughters, Saba Hamid and Huma Hamid.]