KARACHI: The creator of well-known Drama serial ‘Alif Noon’ and being popular for playing character of ‘Allan’, the versatile actor Ahmed Kamal Rizvi is being remembered today on his fourth death anniversary.
He was born in 1930 in Bihar’s ancient city of Gaya, Rizvi and later moved to Pakistan following Partition and settled in Karachi when he was just 19.
Rizvi was influenced by communism. Running out of funds he brought with himself, he approached the Communist Party of Pakistan, which pivoted him towards the Progressive Writers Association.
It was here that his fascinating journey began. Saddar’s Cafe George soon became his Pak Tea House, where he used to spend countless hours in the company of renowned writers, such as Ibrahim Jalees and Shaukat Siddiqui.
He rubbed shoulders with many literary luminaries, including writer Sadat Hasan Manto. Rizvi translated several English books into Urdu and wrote for magazines, including a children’s magazine.
In the late 1950s, he tried his hand in theater and started writing plays, both original and adaptations. Some of his popular stage and TV plays are Badshahat Ka Khatma, Julius Caesar, Hum Sub Pagal Hain and Balaqi Badzaat.
Kamal Ahmed Rizvi died of a heart attack after a prolonged illness in Karachi on 17 Dec 2015 at the age of 85.