Last year he published the book 150 Bollywood Encounters which coincided with the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Indians in South Africa, was completely sold out in a matter of weeks.
Many disappointed fans contacted Fakir who then decided on the advise of his printer Ishwar Govind, of Golden Era printers to revise the book with new updates, new material and more pictures thus adding another 100 encounters and hence the second edition entitled 250 Bollywood Encounters, which was launched at the Trade Route Mall.
It was a colourful event with many of the local personalities and celebrities present. Guest speaker for the occasion was political activist and MEC for Transport in Gauteng Mr Ismail Vadi who spoke of the author’s tireless involvement in the local and international media and his interaction with the community as a whole.
The Jhankar School of Dance and the Kashvita Dance Academy were also on hand to make the event more colourful whilst local singer Khurrum belted out some of the latest Bollywood hits.
Mr Ned Pillay of the Tamil Federation of South Africa was full of praise for Fakir’s efforts and role played in the community by his media presence and communication thereof to the masses whilst Mr Koki Singh of the Hindu Coordinating Council regarded Fakir as a man of integrity and one who is always available to all religious and cultural groupings whenever called upon to cover a story.
Mr Fakir Hassen thanked the community for their attendance, and his fellow colleagues from the media fraternity their support, whilst reminiscing about the late hours put in the compiling, editing and writing of the book.