Who is Fawad Khan, Sonam's hot co-star in 'Khoobsurat'?
In the remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Khoobsurat that’s due to release in September, there’s a prince charming. Sonam Kapoor plays Dr Milli Chakravarty, a quirky physiotherapist who moves to the mansion of a royal family in order to treat one of the family members.
Soon enough, she and the prince of Suryagadh, are looking deep into each other’s eyes. The role of the Rajput prince has been played by Fawad Khan, a Pakistani actor and musician who makes his Bollywood debut with Khoobsurat. Khan is a well-known face on Pakistani TV, and if his brooding good looks have got your pulse fluttering, here’s more about the newest prince in Bollywood.
Khan had a rather nomadic childhood. His father worked for a pharmaceutical company that posted him in different parts of Europe, which meant growing up in places like Greece and the UK for Khan. Khan’s family returned to Pakistan when he was 11.
In the early 2000s, Khan was part of an unfortunately named band, Entity Paradigm. His songs, a mix of pop rock and patriotism, catapulted him to instant fame among the hip Pakistani youth. Although Entity Paradigm and Khan became quite famous and successful, the band eventually broke up. This was fortuitous because it meant Khan could turn towards acting.
It was television that made Khan really famous. His roles in a string of critically acclaimed and commercially successful television shows set Khan up as an actor. He played Hassan, a fiery student politician, in Dastaan (a show based on the Partition). In Humsafar, he played Asher, a lovelorn husband. Humsafar, a romantic drama, would go on to become the highest rated TV show in the country and thanks to it, Fawad Khan became the highest-paid Pakistani actor of all time. Reportedly, Khan’s TV show Humsafar was so loved that Pakistani brands would add the word ‘humsafar’ in their advertisement campaigns to gain respectability.
In 2007, the actor starred in Pakistani auteur Shoaib Mansoor’s award-winning post 9/11 tragedy Khuda Kay Liye. In the film, Khan plays Sarmad, a musician who undergoes a dramatic personality change after coming under the shadow of radical Islam. Khuda Kay Liye went on to become the highest grossing film of 2007 despite a fatwa being put on it. Some of the film’s success was certainly due to Khan’s performance, which was praised by critics and applauded by audiences.
While doing all this, Khan found time for some good ole fashioned romance. He was just a teenager when he met the love of his life, Sadaf. They used to go to the same tuition and within about 14 days of meeting her, Khan told her he wanted to marry her. The two were eventually married in 2005 and have a son named Ayaan. Khan is fiercely protective about his private life and opts to keep his family out of the public glare. This has only served to make his fans love him a little more for being a good family man.
Will Khan be able to charm audiences the same way on this side of the border? From the buzz that he’s generated from just the trailer launch, it looks likely. For now, here’s a look at Khan from his clean-shaven Entity Paradigm days, performing at Coke Studio:
Updated Date: Jul 25, 2014 11:09:34 IST