Fawad Afzal Khan

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Fawad Afzal Khan
Fawad khan lux 2014.jpg
Khan at Lux Style Awards 2014
Born (1981-11-29) 29 November 1981 (age 33)
Karachi,[1][2] Pakistan
Residence Lahore, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Education Lahore Grammar School
Alma mater National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
Occupation actor, model, singer
Known for Entity Paradigm, Dastaan, Humsafar, Behadd, Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Khoobsurat
Notable work Irtiqa
Spouse(s) Sadaf Fawad
Children One son: Ayaan Khan
Awards See below

Fawad Afzal Khan (Urdu: فواد افضل خان‎; born 29 November 1981) is a Pakistani film and television actor, producer, rock singer and an occasional model. Khan has established himself as a critically and commercially acclaimed actor in Pakistani television and film industry. He has appeared in Pakistan's highest rated television shows in genres of romance, comedy and social drama.[3]

Khan rose to prominence in the Pakistani movie Khuda Kay Liye released in 2007, and later as a lead actor in commercially acclaimed TV shows Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai, for which he won Best Actor Awards at the Lux Style Awards 2012 & 2014. In 2014, Khan made his Bollywood debut in a romantic comedy film Khoobsurat.[4] for which he received Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Khan was a leading member of nu metal band Entity Paradigm until 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Khan was born on 29 November 1981 in Karachi. He spent earlier years of his life abroad. Khan in an interview shared that "the nature of my father's job required his family to travel, so we moved to Athens, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Riyadh and then went to Manchester during the Gulf War, moving back to Lahore closer to my father's retirement". He was 13 years old at that time and since then he has been living in Lahore.He could play the guitar, bass and drums all when he was only 20. He put his voice to use as the lead singer of the band "Entity Paradigm".[1] Khan obtained his A-levels from LGS Lahore and went on to complete his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore.[5] He first acting performance was amateur acting in a theater play called Spartacus during A-level in 1999.[2][6]

Khan married his teenage sweetheart Sadaf Aftab on 12 November 2005 after a courtship of 8 years from whom, he has a son named Ayan.[7] He terms himself a hopeless romantic in real life and proclaims he can take a bullet for woman he loves.[8] Khan, in collaboration with his wife, established a clothing brand called SILK by Fawad Khan.[9] It is a luxury Ready-to-wear brand, debut collection was launched in August 2012 at Lahore by Khan.[9][10][11]


Khan, developed type 1 diabetes at the age of 17 after he met an accident that damaged his pancreas. Khan does not shy away from talking about it and encourages adapting a healthy lifestyle. He recollects the memory of the accident as "While it did it not hit me while I was at the hospital, when we were driving back from Islamabad to Lahore, it was raining in the car and my two sisters were sleeping next to me at the back and it struck me for the first time that there were things from there on that I would not be able to do in my life and sort of felt disabled. I did not let anyone know how I was feeling in the car, but I broke down inside".[12]

Interestingly, he admits to have a very bad sweet tooth and credits his wife for successfully managing his diabetes. He wears a small device on his arm all the time which monitors his sugar levels.[13]


Debut in cinema & television[edit]

Khan first appeared on TV in a sitcom called Jutt and Bond back in 2001. His next acting stint came in 2007 with a Pakistani movie Khuda Kay Liye where he portrayed the role of a young Pakistani urban musician named Sarmad.[14] The movie was a huge commercial and critical success however Khan could not continue in cinema owing to the poor infrastructure of Pakistani cinema at that time.[15] Khan spoke about his experience with the movie as "It was a total knee-knocking experience. I was extremely nervous, I had very little can of film to work with. We were using one of those noisy old cameras to film. Every time the camera would start rolling, I’d be thinking, "This is it."" [16]

He decided to pursue acting career on Television. In 2008, he stepped into full-time drama serials appearing in Anjum Shehzad's travel adventure drama series Satrangi. Later he also appeared in Dil Deke Jayen Ge and Jeevan Ki Rahoon Main.[17]

Breakthrough in television (2010-2014)[edit]

It was in 2010 when Khan earned major accolades in his television career from critics and audience for playing the role of Hassan in Period drama Dastaan, it starred Sanam Baloch opposite him and was directed by Haissam Hussain [18] After the success of Dastaan, Khan and Baloch were cast in two more serials Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan and Akbari Asghari immediately after Dastaan. Both shows were declared commercially successful. Khan considers Akbari Asghari as his career best performance; he played the role of a cunning villager named Asghar who conspires to take hold of his uncle's wealth.[19]

In 2011, Khan became a household name after playing the role of Asher Hussain, a wealthy man who marries his middle-class cousin, in the critically and commercially successful drama Humsafar.[6] Humsafar received high Television Rating Points and went on to win the Best TV Play (Satellite) award at the 12th Lux Style Awards.[6] Khan was praised for his performance and he won the Best TV Actor (Satellite) award for his portrayal of Asher Hussain in the same ceremony.[6][20][21] After Humsafar, Khan next appeared in the drama Ashk which received mixed reviews from audience and critics for its execution.[22]

Next benchmark success of Khan's career came with the immensely popular show Zindagi Gulzar Hai hitting the Pakistani television screen in 2012-13. He played the role of a rich college going student named Zaroon Junaid opposite actress Sanam Saeed. Khan's performance earned him accolades from both viewers and reviewers. He won multiple awards for the show including Best Actor (Popular) award at the 2nd Hum Awards and Best Actor satellite at 13th Lux Style Awards [23][24] His natural chemistry with Sanam Saeed earned huge appreciation from the audience and critics alike; the couple won the Best Onscreen Couple award in both popular and jury categories at the 2nd Hum Awards.[24] The series was aired in India on the newly launched channel Zindagi from 13 June 2014 to 18 July 2014.[25][26][26]

In the first half of 2013, Khan was seen in two Telefilms Behadd and Armaan. He played the titular role in Armaan, along with Vasay Chaudhry and Aamina Sheikh, a remake of the 1966 film of the same name.[27] Khan was chosen for the role due to his similarity in looks and style with Waheed Murad; the hero of the original Armaan. Later that year Khan's TV project Numm was aired on Geo TV. Numm was a highly anticipated show but met lukewarm reception from viewers after first few episodes were broadcast. Khan's portrayal of protagonist Wali Bakht Khan, a feudal scion, was praised however overall response to the show failed to generate good TV ratings for the show.

Recently, Fawad was given 'International Icon of the Year' award at the prestigious 3rd Hum Awards held in March 2015 in Dubai.

Bollywood (2014-present)[edit]

Khan was supposed to make his Bollywood debut soon after Khuda ke lye was released. But due to unstable political situation between Pakistan and India after Mumbai attacks things could not materialize. "This is certainly not the first Bollywood project that was offered to me, Way back in 2008, I was supposed to fly down to Mumbai to meet several producers and directors, but I wasn’t able to make it. When Khoobsurat came along, there was no way I could say no. I mean, it was the chance to meet and work with a legend such as Anil Kapoor." said Khan in an interview he gave in 2014.[28]

Khan at a promotional event in 2014

In 2014, Khan made his debut in Bollywood in Shashanka Ghosh's Khoobsurat opposite Sonam Kapoor.[29] A remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1980 hit of the same name starring Rekha and Rakesh Roshan, the film revolves around Sonam Kapoor's character, Dr. Mili Chakravarty, who is a middle class physiotherapist from Delhi.[30] Khan plays Yuvraj Vikram Singh Rathore, Mili's love interest and the son of her patient; a Royal Indian family.[30] Movie received positive to mediocre reviews, however Khan's performance was praised by the critics and noted as one of the highlights of the film.[31][32] Moreover, the film emerged as a box office success, being declared as a "hit" by various media outlets. The film was particularly well received in the UK, UAE and Pakistan owing to Khan's following in these countries for his previous television work.[33][34]

Music (2000-2012)[edit]

Initially two separate rock bands, Ahmed Ali Butt's Entity and Khan's Paradigm were both active in the Lahore music scene since 1994 and 2000, respectively.[35][36] During the early 2000s, the two bands collaborated with each other on the title track for Khan's and Butt's popular television sitcom, Jutt and Bond, when the show's director suggested that they do the title song together.[35][36] Led by Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan, the lead guitarist of Paradigm, the two bands collaborated and recorded the title song, Hamein Aazma, which played at the end of the show.[35][37] In early 2002, advertisements for Pepsi's Battle of the Bands began to air on television, calling upon entries from aspiring Pakistani bands. Since independent compilations and releases on record were lacking on both sides of the band, they decided to send in "Hamein Aazma" as a collaborative effort, under the name of Entity Paradigm.[35] It was during this time that Entity Paradigm (EP) officially came into existence, with Fawad Khan as the band's lead vocals.[35][38] Entity Paradigm's debut album, Irtiqa, released in October 2003 and received wide critical appreciation, especially the popular romantic track Rahguzar.[6][35] On 9 January 2007, the band disbanded due to various band members pursuing different projects.[35] The band briefly reunited in 2010 to perform Bolo Bolo in the third season of the popular TV music show Coke Studio. In the same year, the band also released their patriotic single Shor Macha, written by Khan, Ahmed and Salman, and recorded at The Albert Studios.[39]

Khan is no longer associated with the band. He quit when his acting career took the front seat in 2012. The band members announced his quit on official Facebook page of EP quoting As we all know that Fawad A Khan is extremely busy with his acting career therefore he has requested pardon from EP, Coincidently Waqar Khan has moved to Islamabad thus cannot continue with EP. Due to their current situations both are unable to give the time and effort that EP requires.We respect and understand their circumstances & wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. We all have been together since 1999 and over the years have become a family. They both will always be missed but will always be with us in spirit. We thank them both for offering EP their support for future. [40]


Khan has occasionally walked the ramp for leading fashion designers of Pakistan. Talking about the modelling, Khan stated that he shies away from modelling and has only appeared in fashion shows as showstopper for his friends.[41] Khan's appearances on ramp include walk for Munib Nawaz in 2010,[42][43] Umar Sayeed in 2012,[44] and for republic by Omar Farooq in 2015.[45]


Khan is known for regularly improvising the scenes in his TV shows. He has expressed his interest in going behind the camera for writing and direction in future. To fulfill his desire, he co-wrote the screenplay of his Telefilm Armaan (2013 film) with Vasay Chaudhry and director of the movie Anjum Shahzad.[46] Screenplay of the telefilm received positive reviews.[citation needed].[46] He also wrote the lyrics for few songs such as Rahguzar during his association with Entity Paradigm [47]


Khan co-produced his telefilm Armaan along with 7th Sky Entertainment.[46]


Khan is frequently hailed as the quintessential romantic face of Pakistani TV industry in the media. He is often credited with re-introducing the subtle romance to Pakistani television screens with his shows. According to Firstpost His old-world mannerisms, rugged looks and the way he slips Urdu into his English all come together to make Khan seem distinct in a very charming way from the big, flashy world of Bollywood.[16] He has been particularly applauded for possessing the art of speaking with eyes both in Pakistani and Indian media. Maliha Rahman of DAWN wrote Fawad Khan has eyes that can go from guarded to piercing in the blink of a moment. He just as easily switches from rock star to romantic hero to anti-hero.[48] Commenting on the acting prowess of Khan, the editor of Filmfare mentioned There is a thehraav in the way he handles his scenes. He knows the art of speaking with his eyes. His silences speak volumes. No other actor (and I'm talking purely in terms of acting here) made me come out in goosebumps as he does. [49]

Khan's show Zindagi Gulzar Hai received unprecedented success in India for a television show in such short span. Khan was praised for his natural performance and good looks. His popularity created a mass swooning and collective hysteria amongst female audience. A term "Fawad Fever" started circulating on social media; denoting his popularity.[50] An Indian daily reported "Fawad Afzal Khan became a massive hit among girls since the first look hit the telly world. His charisma completely wooed the audience and they looked forward to the show" [51]

After the release of his debut Bollywood movie Khoobsurat, he sparked the leading Bollywood writers and magazines to take notice and applaud his looks and acting skills. He prompted Shobhaa De to take notice and declare him, in a column, to be "the yummiest, most sinful treat in town".[52] Another review on Miss Malini's noted On the verge of sounding like Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction, I really think Fawad Khan was the breakout performer in this movie. He looks princely, acts princely, his face is princely, his beard is princely, and his biceps are totally king material. All hail Fawad Khan!.[53] Koel Purie praised Khan's screen presence and wrote Fawad shows you how a real man does it. It being everything. His quiet screen presence makes you fuzzy and tingly and you really believe any minute he's going to jump out of the screen grab you, kiss you right on the mouth and whisk you away into his palace. His silky dialogue delivery transports you to an enchanted bygone era. And when he takes his top off in the dark you want all the Khans and the Kapoors to stop waxing or simply keep their shirts on. India, please lets keep him.[54]

Post his Bollywood debut, Khan has frequently been voted into top slots of various fan's choice and editor's choice lists. Few among prominent ones include Best Dressed, Best Styled, Google's Most Searched Male Bollywood Actors in India 2014,[55] Asia's Sexiest Men Eastern Eye [56], Times Celebex: Bollywood Stars' Rating top 50,[57] Best Debutant of 2014,[58] and 51 Most Popular Bollywood celebrities of 2014 by MensXp [59] etc.

Humanitarian & Social Causes[edit]

Khan regularly participates in the charity and social causes in Pakistan and internationally. His most prominent association with charities include Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Islamic Relief. He dedicated his debut Bollywood movie Khoobsurat to the cancer patients of SKMCH&RC and routinely participates in the fundraising campaigns by the institution. Khan took forward his association with the SKMCH by appearing in its telethon fundraising campaign which was telecast on ARY Digital Network in January and February 2015. In 2013, 2014 & 2015 Khan visited the UK and USA for participating in charity dinner galas and concerts organized by the various charities.[60]

Khan has shown his support to SOS Children's Villages by participating in the children carnivals organized in 2012 and 2014.[61]

In 2012, Khan was appointed as a brand ambassador of the WWF Earth Hour campaign. Commenting on his role, he shared that it was an honor to be associated with the cause and he hoped he would be able to convince people to adopt a safer strategy for energy conservation in future.[62]

Brand Endorsements[edit]

Khan frequently appears in Print and electronic advertisements of the most popular fashion and lifestyle brands.[citation needed]

Endorsement Year Notes
Warid Pakistan mobile network 2015 Brand Ambassador for 4G and LTE services [63]
Republic by Omar Farooq [64] 2014-15 Khan appeared as showstopper in Lahore Fashion Week for the designer [65]
Samsung Galaxy smart phone 2015 S6/Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime; a selfie phone [66]
Olpers milk 2007–2014 Ramadan Ad on TV almost every year [67]
Clear Unilever Anti-dandruff Shampoo 2013–present as of 2015 Appeared in a TVC alongside Ileana D'Cruz[68]
Pepsi 2008 and in 2015 [69]
Aquafina 2012 Alongside Mahira Khan [70]
Mobilink 2008 Alongside Wasim Akram, Bol Ke Lab Azaad Hain Pyare [71]
Servis Shoes Footwear 2012–2014 [72]
QMobile 2012-13 Noir Model [72]
Tarang Engro Corporation 2013 [73]
Fair and lovely Unilever 2014 Men's fairness cream [72]
LUX 2014 Alongside Iman Ali, hosted house of lux in 2014 [74]
Levi's Pakistan [75] 2012
TUC (cracker) 2012 [72]
Telenor 2012 Talkshawk package of the brand [76]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Khuda Kay Liye Sarmad Hussain Khan Lux Style Award for Best Actor [77]
2014 Khoobsurat Prince Vikram Singh Rathore Filmfare Award for Best Debut [78]
2016 Kapoor & Sons [79] TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Jutt and Bond Bond TV Debut [80]
2008 Dil De Ke Jayengy Arsalan [81]
2008 Satrangi Behzaad [82]
2009 Kal Zaheer Independence Day special Telefilm, aired on Geo TV [83]
2009 Jeevan Ki Rahon Mein [84] Adil
2010 Coke Studio (Pakistan) Himself Special Appearance with Entity Paradigm [85]
2010 Aaj Kuch Na Kaho Rehan [86]
2010 Daastan Hassan [87] A story that revolves around pre and post-partition era [88]
2011 Akbari Asghari Asghar [89]
2011-2012 Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan [84] Mujtaba
2011-2012 Humsafar [84] Ashar Hussain
2012 Ashk [90] Rohail Hayat
2012-2013 Zindagi Gulzar Hai Zaroon Junaid Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor - Satellite[91]
2013 Behadd [92] Jamal Ahmed Telefilm
2013 Armaan Armaan Nominated-Tarang Housefull Award for Best Actor[27]
2013 Numm Wali Bakht Khan

Television Appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Nadia Khan Show For the promotion of debut film Khuda Kay Liye in Pakistan Film Industry
2011 Jago Pakistan Jago Launch of drama serial Humsafar
2012 Special Transmission on Hum TV For celebrating the success of blockbuster drama serial Humsafar
2012 Zong Sab Keh Do Tribute to mega hit serial Humsafar
2013 Ariel Maa A talk show about giving tributes to mothers
2013 Jago Pakistan Jago Launch of drama serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai
2013 Special Transmission on Hum TV For celebrating the success of hit serial Zindagi Gulzar Hai
2013 TUC The Lighter Side of Life Interview
2014 Tonite with HSY Interview

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film / Serial Award Category Result
2008 Khuda Kay Liye Lux Style Awards Best Film Actor Won
2011 Daastan Best Television Actor-Satellite Nominated
Pakistan Media Awards Besr Actor-Satellite Won
2013 Humsafar Hum Awards Best On-Screen Couple with Mahira Khan Won
Hum Honorary Phenomenal Serial Award Won
Pakistan Media Awards Best Actor-Satellite Nominated
Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor-Satellite Won
Armaan Tarang Housefull Awards Best Actor Nominated
Best Jodi with Aamina Sheikh Won
2014 Zindagi Gulzar Hai Pakistan Media Awards Best Actor-Satellite Nominated
Hum Awards Best Actor
Best Actor-Popular Won
Hum Award for Best Onscreen Couple with Sanam Saeed
Best Onscreen Couple Popular with Sanam Saeed-Popular
Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor-Satellite
Khoobsurat Masala Awards Best Bollywood Debut
Hello (magazine) Hall Of Fame Awards Fresh Face Of The Year
2015 Filmfare Award Best Male Debut
Hum Awards International Icon Of The Year
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Nominated


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