In this edition of
BollyCurry's popular feature, Celebrity in the Spotlight, we choose to bring
into the limelight an actor who's making his Bollywood debut later this month,
but has already taken the nation by storm with his suave looks and impeccable
acting in various Pakistani television serials, including the immensely popular
Zindagi Gulzar Hai
. Starring in Disney UTV's much awaited film Khoobsurat(2014)
opposite Bollywood's very own
fashionista Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan is here to stay!
Despite being an
engineer by profession, Khan had an inclination towards the world of
glamor from a very young age. He made his modelling debut at the age of
13, continued to appear in commercials and actively participated in
school plays and
other cultural events. It was at the screening of one of Khan's high
plays where a Pakistani director took note of his talent and encouraged
try his luck as an actor in television shows.
Taking the director's advice to heart, Khan debuted in 2000 with the Pakistani television
show Jutt and Bond, while he was only 19. In 2010, after a 10 year gap, Khan
landed the lead role of Hassan in the television adaptation of the popular
novel Bano. The show was an instant success, and Khan became a household name
in Pakistan. Following this, he went on to portray the role of Asher in the
popular 2011 Hum TV drama Humsafar, based on Farhat Ishtiak's novel of the same
name. Humsafar went on to become one of Pakistan's most critically and
commercially acclaimed television shows, and Khan received worldwide
recognition for his impeccable acting. He then appeared in the Pakistani Hum TV
drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2013) as Zaroon, where he starred alongside popular
actress Sanam Saeed. Zindagi Gulzar Hai went on to become one of Pakistan's
most popular dramas of the year and won him and Saeed a lot of critical
appreciation for their fine acting prowess. He was also seen in the 2012 drama
Ashk and 2013 drama Numm, both of which went on to boost Khan's career graph.
Zindagi Gulzar Hai, incidentally, was recently telecast on an Indian channel,
Zindagi, which made Khan a household name in India as the show gained widespread popularity.
Khan made his film
debut with the Pakistani film Khuda Kay Liye (200)], which was the highest
grossing film of the year, and received widespread adulation for his portrayal
of the troubled musician Sarmad. He also appeared in the 2013 film Armaan,
based on Waheed Muran's 1966 film of the same name. The movie was a success,
and went on to win Khan and his co star (Aamina Sheikh) the Best Couple Award
in the Tarang Housefull Awards.
Khan is also an
accomplished singer and musician. He began his music career by starting a rock
band, the Entity Pardigm, with some of his friends. One of his band-mates,
Ahmed Ali Butt, was his co-star in the television drama Bano. Their first album
Irtiqa, released in 2003, went on to become a huge success. Khan
then composed and produced a number of singles, all of which were met
On the 19th of
September, Khan will be making his Bollywood debut with Disney UTV's upcoming
romantic comedy Khoobsurat, a remake of the 1980 film of the same name, which
originally starred the yesteryear beauty Rekha in the lead role. Reports suggest
that he has also been signed for Yash Raj's next, where his co-star is slated
to be Kareena Kapoor Khan.
Khan has been a
nation wide phenomenon in Pakistan, and his foray into Bollywood later this
month will only serve to increase his loyal fan base. He is said to appear in
a number of films, including Sultana Siddiqui's next Pakistani film, and Summer
Nicks' science fiction film Kolachi, which is currently in post-production.
Did You Know?
- Khan met his wife Sadaf at
the age of 17, and soon went on to marry her. The two have a son, Ayaan
- Ali Zafar was initially
approached for the role of Sarmad in Khuda Kay Liye, but had to refuse it because of a tight schedule. Khan went on to essay the character, and the
rest, as they say, is history.
From this BollyCurry
writer and the rest, we wish Fawad Khan all the very best for his upcoming
Bollywood projects, especially Khoobsurat, and hope that this film catapults
him into stardom.
Author: Ritchelle C.
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