He’s yet to make it big; but has already made it large, for his demeanour, his baritone just wins you over.
Of all the ways Fawad Afzal Khan impresses you with, the one that really stikes a chord and leaves you mighty ‘bowled out’ is the way he smiles. And if you question him anything, as far as I have observed in his interviews, he smiles less (Thank Goodness for this… Smiles can kill!) and speakes even lesser.
A self confessed shy guy and a die hard romantic at heart, this Pakistani actor celebrates his 33rd birthday today and we can’t help but gap in awe of this. He doesn’t look like 33, does he?
Born into a Punjabi family in Karachi, Pakistan, Fawad’s childhood was way more interesting that anybody else’s. He lived in Athens, Dubai, Riyadh and Manchester till the age of 13. A good student, Fawad was studying Computer Sciences when he decided to take up modelling and acting. He went to act in stage plays. His first tele series ‘Satrangi’ and ‘Dil Deke Jayenge’ didn’t do much for him.
The first breakthrough in his career came with the tele drama ‘Humsafar’ in which he co-starred with actress Mahira Khan. The show, the actors and the chemistry of the lead pair – everything about the show was appreciated by one and all. Since then, there has been no looking back for this talented actor as he went on to amass critical acclaim as well as the love of the audiences for his portrayal of Ashar in the series.
Next came ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ with Sanam Saeed which kind of cemented his place in the Pakistan industry.
We, the people of India, got the privilege to have a dekko of his acting demeanour when Zee Network launched its special channel to showcase tele series from that part of the border – Zindagi.
And Fawad dawned like a shimmering light.
With every emotion he portrayed in ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ and ‘Humsafar’, be it of the romantic husband, the possessive lover or the obedient son, girls swooned over him and he apparently, as the reports say, earned Sanam and Mahira a herd of many an envious girls. And with the repertoire of being the eye witness to many such incidents, I totally vouch for this – “Oh I wish I were in her place!”
And when the whole world was going gaga over Fawad, how could the BTowners survive the Fawad wave?! Shashanka Ghosh decided to cast him for her debut directorial venture ‘Khoobsurat’ opposite Sonam Kapoor. The movie did quite well at the Box Office and better for Fawad as he was noticed for his portrayal of the Regal Prince – Vikram Singh Rathore – in the movie. Even during the promotional duties of the movie, Fawad was seen garnering more attention than Sonam and for the first time, we could see somebody, and that too a male co star, shouldering the responsibility of dressing up well for the events.
Fawad, as he puts it, is living a dream and has indeed become a dream guy for many women in the country. But hold your horses! Fawad Afzal Khan is already taken!
Fawad married his wife Sadaf in November 2005, even before entering the industry. He had met her when he was 17 and decided to spend the rest of life with her. Too SRKish, right? Well, maybe that’s why they say, Fawad is Pakistan’s answer to Shah Rukh Khan!
But if you thought this was IT to this upcoming superstar, you just might be wrong. Wait till you here his deep baritone for he can actually sing! He began his music career with Pakistani rock band Entity Paradigm as the lead vocalist. His first album ‘Irtiqa’ received wide critical appreciation, especially the popular romantic track ‘Rahguzar’. He is also the owner of one of Pakistan’s most popular fashion labels – Silk by Fawad Khan, looked after by his wife.
And there’s a very sad fact about this actor too. The actor whose sweetness drips and trips over many a girl is a diabetes patient. In an interview, Fawad said that diabetes is the reason why he could not concentrate both on singing and acting simultaneously.
The actor-singer, who has taken the Indian Film Industry and the women folk by storm, in equal measures, is as expected climbing up the stairs of success. It’s reported that his next venture will be Amrita Pritam’s biopic. Sonakshi Sinha will be seen reprising the poetess in the movie, while Fawad will play her husband Imroze.
The more said, the lesser it is for this shining star. So until the time he gives us another reason to write about him and another tune to hum and sing, I play ‘Woh Humsafar Thha’ on loop again and wish the hailed ‘connecting bridge between India and Pakistan’ a very happy birthday!