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Fawad Khan: "I always feel that every actor contributes a little bit of him or herself"

By Armin S. Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 09:08: PM

He’s uber “khoobsurat”. He has the girls raving. He has critics raving. And he is a delight to talk to. Fawad Khan is one of the rare gems who can do it all – he can sing and he can act. He proved his mettle with Khoobsurat and he fit the role perfectly. Here is our conversation with the gorgeous Fawad Khan.


Tell me a little bit about the experience that you have working on this film set given one, that you come from a music background, firstly.

I don’t think that helps much because the kind of music that I have grown up listening to has mostly been like rock ‘n’ roll from the 80s and 90s. Having said that, it’s not like I don’t listen to other kinds of music. I have always been a big fan of new age music but again, I think it is very different from the Bollywood music that is from today. I mean, Hindi soundtracks are great, even the mainstream ones and I have a great appreciation in my heart. But, a lot of the music I listen to is without the song and dance so that part was alien to me. I come from a very subtle background in terms of acting.


But you have a wealth of experience on your resumé – acting on television, on the big screen for Pakistani films, and then your music. How do you think that helps you when you make your debut in Hindi cinema especially in a film like Khoobsurat which initially looks like a female centric film but you have such a pivotal role in it?

Um…yeah, at the end of the day, the hero of the film is Sonam but yeah, as far as my wealth of experience goes, I have a very limited body of work behind me. I started in 2000 but 2006 was my most important year. I get to learn every time I come across a project. I am still in the process of learning and there is still a long road ahead of me. As far as proving my mettle, I know that with any challenges, any project I plan, I am just as excited each time. And that’s sort of helps in a lot of ways because I’m open and receptive to what others have to say.

In this film, I have pretty much handed myself over and hopefully, it will work out. With this film, and with every film, I do try to go out of my comfort zone and improvise. Here, I think because of the Rajasthani flavour and the Orthodox perspective of my character, I think it is challenging for me. The expressions are that of a very Orthodox man. I kept it a bit dramatic but it was challenging. 


Do you find that your performance as a character who is rigid it seems, what do you take away from your own life to make sure the expectations surrounding your character are met?

I think there are two things that come to mind. I always feel that every actor contributes a little bit of him or herself. There are very few actors in my view who, in my opinion, have completely transformed themselves to perform. There is always some similarity that the most accomplished actors will even have. And that is partially due to the fact that you have to be yourself a little bit so you can add naturalism to that character. Secondly, the dynamics that defines how different your role becomes is up to the team. I am very thankful and grateful to my co-stars. They are the ones who bring out the best in you. Even in Khoobsurat, it is my co-stars who define what my character will look like.



Speaking of co-stars, what was the initial day like shooting with Sonam Kapoor and what is it like now?

Sonam is a great person. She is very lively – she is caring at heart, caring as a person. Very chilled out. She is a great human and a great co-star. Every first day on every first set is always filled with nerves. That was the case here as well. But every challenge in life, every project in life, big or small, the first day I feel a bit more nervous about becoming acquainted. But Sonam really helped out in that.


Do you find that there are lots of similarities, differences between Hindi and Pakistani cinema?

I think the discipline of the work remains the same. What is different is that here the system is more developed. This industry has been operating consistently for one hundred years now. So it is certainly different kinds of cinema here. Here, every year there are so many films that release here. It functions more consistently. You can’t really draw comparisons because the two industries have had different journeys. 

But the discipline is the same. For example, Khuda Kay Liye in 2008 was so progressive and that was six years ago. The director of the film had a unique and distinct style of his own. The subjects are not very mainstream. The subject matters can be different. I don’t mean it negatively but here there can be more masala cinema (chuckles). 

From the looks of it though, it looks like Pakistani cinema will catch up. Overall, I think the system is slightly more developed and I think I contribute that to the length of time – but there is a similarity of course in language and culture.


You have amassed a huge female fan following. The females are absolutely besotted by you. How does it make you feel?

Ahhh…I’m flattered, I’m very flattered. I’m blushing as we ask the question. I’m very honoured and completely touched but it’s really nice but I get embarrassed with all of it.


The USP of the film?

It is going to be an interesting film – it is the first Disney Hindi film and it has a great cast and great songs. We know that Disney has a legacy and this is an interesting starting point in its journey here.


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Ryan 26 May 2015, 04:20 AM
i loved the book but didnt liked the movie, i think that they should used noaartirn in order? to convey the message of the book, there where thousands of fun facts in the book that they just didnt trasnlate to the movie, they spent like half a hour in the relation between billy and the daughter and only for drama plz they could had used the same time to convey the story of the fat player and the submarine pitcher and why they where used in the way that the As used them. that would be better.
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