Fawad Khan: The actor has a quaint charm few actors can lay claim to

With Fawad Khan, we had a rare opportunity to watch magic unfolding on screen with his sheer acting ability and abundance of old world charm.

Written by Dipti Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 3:38 am
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There was a strange buzz around this Pakistani serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai. However, after having a bad experience with Hindi TV soap operas, it was hard to gather the courage to watch this new show that was making waves in Indian households. I ended up glancing through the first episode and here’s what happened.

I surrendered to its novelty and fine acting by its lead cast. It is hard to guess why women were attracted to its male lead Zaroon Junaid who was primarily a male chauvinist. There have been many characters like Zaroon in past — men who have set ideas about how women should behave, look or live in the society.

Still, I ended up binge-watching Zindagi Gulzar Hai. One of the reasons for its success was its novelty. There was a drought of mature characters in our films and serials here. Fawad Khan was a breeze of fresh air, as cliched as it may sound. So, watching Fawad Khan, a man in his early 30s, playing a mature character with so many layers, nuances and subtlety, it is hard not to admire him. There was a certain charm about his acting. He played the character with utmost finesse and sophistication. Zaroon was well etched, developed and mature character taken from a novel of the same name by Umera Ahmad. The story also has a strong female lead.

Watch a scene from Zindagi Gulzar Hai starring Fawad Khan

 

However, the show would have been mediocre if not for the presence of Fawad Khan. He lends a certain old-world charm to the character. For years, there have been new versions of Jane Austen’s old-world romances, watching women swooning over the character of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. With Zaroon, we finally had our very own Mr Darcy laced with grace and sophistication. No other contemporary actor on television provided that.

One of the objectives of cinema and television is to provide an escape from the monotony of daily life. Zindagi Gulzar Hai was a great escape for the audience. It reinvigorated romance genre like no other Hindi show did in many years. Contemporary Indian films and shows do not hold a candle to this Pakistani soap opera.

Watch a scene from Dastaan starring Fawad Khan

 

There is no wonder then, the show went on to garner huge appreciation in Arab and European countries. You can easily watch Fawad’s other performances in serials including Dastaan and Hamsafar to tide you over a hectic day.

On the other hand, with Zindagi Gulzar Hai, you get a vast wealth of your own culture comprising all that – tehzeeb, grace and use of Urdu language. Filmmakers here busy entering 100-crore club rather than delving into the vast ocean of our own culture.

When Zindagi Gulzar Hai aired here, Fawad had an unmatched novelty until he became famous and producers and filmmakers wanted a piece of his success. The plans to turn him into a star material were in place. From acting opposite Sonam Kapoor in Khoobsurat to becoming Karan Johar’s favourite actor, he had a dream run till geopolitical realities of India and Pakistan asserted themselves.

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Bollywood has turned into a factory producing stars, models and style icons. With Fawad, we had a rare opportunity to watch magic unfolding on screen with his sheer acting ability and abundance of old world charm.

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    Raj
    Nov 29, 2016 at 12:34 pm
    A complete freak. I've seen Indians who were far better looking than this sorry excuse for a celebrity. Feel disgusted by Indian choices, here... come on. How is this donkey's backside charming?
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      Raj
      Nov 29, 2016 at 12:35 pm
      Fawad Khan SUCKS.
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        author
        Nov 30, 2016 at 7:36 am
        DIPTI SHARMA is another beat bollywood reporter who has Zero idea about politics. Give Indians a chance first and change your newspaper name to "The stan EXPRESS - Journalism of BS".lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;gong back to sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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          author
          Nov 30, 2016 at 7:35 am
          DIPTI SHARMA is another beat bollywood reporter who has Zero idea about politics. Given Indian a chance first and change your newspaper name to name "The stan EXPRESS - Journalism of BS".
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            author
            Nov 30, 2016 at 7:31 am
            ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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              YesWeCan
              Nov 30, 2016 at 2:13 am
              The cute actor is a terrorist sympathizer
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                Gowdam
                Nov 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm
                O.my God!!! Two articles on the same person in one day on a national newspaper. Mr. Editor, you have lost it.
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                  romi
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 2:48 pm
                  dipti why don't shame on you lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;nation which is exporting terror and killing our soldiers lt;br/gt;you wishing that nation actor ??? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;hate this man called fawad
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                    romi
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm
                    stupid what makes you think that she is she ?? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;if I can sign as female name id so can any one ?
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                      fawad
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 10:45 am
                      Many many Happy returns of the Day, Dear Fawad Khanlt;br/gt;This is a wrong news that we Indians don't love stani Zindagi Channel, we all love your program Zindagi Gulzar hai.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;luv, Zeeba
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                        Farheen
                        Dec 27, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                        Absolutely! couldn't agree more, everyone wants to watch a good entertainment as long as its provided to us whats wrong when we are having it from our neighbor!!! Its so stupid to blame actors for the things they didn't do and treat them like terrorists let alone fearing from their success is what makes Indians as if they are very insecure. No wonder people were so insecure because of his success in bollywood LMAO
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                          Rk
                          Nov 30, 2016 at 7:52 am
                          Stupid India.. Sorry Fawad..... how come India missed this important event of this century? wow.. from now.. it should be the Heading in all news papers for next 1 year completely,, there shouldn't be any other new heading except this.. All TVs, facebook, twitter and what not.. everywhere... this should be the trending topic for next one year... Indians needs to celebrate this occasion for the next next one year ...lt;br/gt; oh. one small question.. who is this Fawad?
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                            Rk
                            Nov 30, 2016 at 5:57 am
                            How much paid to IE for this kind of propaa? I really feel sorry for the indians..seems they are getting manited by this anti indian news paper
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                              Madhu
                              Nov 29, 2016 at 9:49 am
                              He is an ISI agent. Ban all these actors forever
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                                manu
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 11:02 am
                                looks like favourite of Indian Express
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                                  meriawaazsunoa
                                  Nov 29, 2016 at 11:05 am
                                  choti dimaag choti sooch.....jutiya
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                                    John Abram
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                                    Oh boy! Shivsena goons will be after you IE. BTW, happy Bday Fawad. Hope to see you soon in many Indian movies.
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                                      Nitish Nitish
                                      Nov 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm
                                      He is nowhere in business.Even pak media didnt give him good coverage.These articles r intentionally written and i also know why it is appearing here.This paper needs to stop playing with sentiments of people.He is a gone case and not coming back any time soon.
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                                        Nitish Nitish
                                        Nov 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm
                                        i thought everyone wouldhave forgotten him after big door shown to him .But we have shameless dipti sharma ,and anti national indian exapress still sucking his d**ks
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                                          Girish Rao
                                          Nov 29, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                          Ask him to condemn the terrorists the real hero will be gone..a coward
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                                            sandeep
                                            Dec 2, 2016 at 11:01 am
                                            what rubbish,HAVE YOU GOT ANY SHAME STANI EXPRESS?,even pak media itself is not covering him.he got just 2 lakh followers in twitter and 2 side roles in 3 years.WHY THIS HYPE??,just to hurt our sentiments??..i spit on you.
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