Coming to Bollywood was not pre-planned: Fawad Khan

Popular Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, who is making his debut in Bollywood with the remake of <em>Khoobsurat</em>, said his entry into Bollywood was not pre-planned.

hidden August 30, 2014 13:04:47 IST
Coming to Bollywood was not pre-planned: Fawad Khan

Mumbai: Popular Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, who is making his debut in Bollywood with the remake of Khoobsurat, a cult comedy of the 80s, says his entry into Hindi films was not pre-planned and hence he was nervous facing the new world of cinema in Mumbai.

Coming to Bollywood was not preplanned Fawad Khan

Fawad Khan said he was nervous before joining Bollywood. IBNLive

"I did not have preconceived notions about Bollywood. (But) There was nervousness as I was to enter and be part of a different world of entertainment which I have not experienced," Fawad said in an interview in Mumbai.

"It was not pre planned...to come to Bollywood and do a film. As an artiste one should go wherever the work takes you. It's a great opportunity for actors to showcase their talent," he said.

The 32-year-old celebrity has given memorable performances in Pakistan TV shows like Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai among others.

He made his film debut in 2007 with Khuda Kay Liye which was the highest-grossing Pakistani film of 2007. He then appeared in Armaan.

Even though Fawad is new to Bollywood, thanks to his memorable performances in Pakistani shows and films, he is immensely popular in India.

"I am grateful and thankful for all the love, warmth and appreciation that I am getting here," he adds.

The casting director of Khoobsurat was quite impressed with the work Fawad had done back home in Pakistan and felt he was the perfect choice to step into the shoes of yesteryear actor Rakesh Roshan for the remake version.

Khoobsurat starring Sonam Kapoor in the lead is a women centric film and Fawad did not think that his Bollywood debut is a risky proposition.

"I don’t think it is risky.. actually it is playing it safe. I have been part of women centric stuff in Pakistan. I think it is not fair to divide it (films) as women and men centrics. It ( Khoobsurat) is a classic romcom. As a newcomer, I felt it was better to attempt something safe," Fawad said.

"I felt it was a good opportunity for me to do something different. As an artist I don’t want to stay in one place, I want to grow and explore myself. Khubsoorat became an excuse for me to try out something different," he added.

Fawad did see the original Hrishikesh Mukherjee film which featured Bollywood diva Rekha in the lead role.

"I like to do my homework. When I was called for this film, I made sure I see the original one. I think it was a timeless classic film. I read the script of this film and I think it (original film) is an inspiration but other than that it is different. The campus and structure of this film is different," he said.

In director Shashanka Ghosh's version of Khoobsurat, Fawad plays the role of a prince.

The film also stars Kirron Kher and Ratna Pathak and will hit theatres on 19 September.

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