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Fawad Khan
Fawad Khan Promotes 'Khoobsurat' on the sets of Captain Tiao.jpg
Khan at an event for Khoobsurat in 2014
Born (1981-11-29) 29 November 1981 (age 34)
Karachi, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Sadaf Khan (m. 2005)
Children 1

Fawad Afzal Khan (born 29 November 1981) is a Pakistani actor and singer.[1][2] As a singer, he was one of the members of the band Entity Paradigm, an alternative rock band based in Lahore. Their debut album Irtiqa was released in 2003,[3] but the band was dissolved in 2007.[4][5]

Khan made his film debut with a supporting role in the 2007 Pakistani movie Khuda Kay Liye. He went on to garner popularity with lead roles in the television shows Dastaan (2010), Humsafar (2011) and Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2012). Khan made his Bollywood debut with the leading role of a prince in the 2014 romantic comedy Khoobsurat, for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[6] In 2016, he received unanimous praise for his portrayal of a troubled writer in the family drama Kapoor & Sons, which also emerged as a major commercial success.[7][8]

Personal life

Fawad Afzal Khan was born in Karachi but his family is originally from Lahore.[9] His father spent the earlier years of his life living abroad with his family in Dubai, Riyadh and then Manchester during the Gulf War. He moved back to Lahore when Fawad was aged 15.[9] According to Khan, he is of Punjabi and Pashtun ancestry.[10][11] By age 20, Khan could play the guitar, bass and drums. He put his voice to use as the lead singer of the band Entity Paradigm.[12] Khan obtained his A-levels from the Lahore Grammar School (LGS) and went on to complete his bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) in Lahore.[13] His first performance was amateur acting in a theater play called Spartacus during A-level in 1999.[3][14]

Khan married Sadaf Khan on 12 November 2005 after a courtship of 8 years. He has one son with his wife Sadaf.[15][16][17] Khan, in collaboration with his wife, established a clothing brand called SILK by Fawad Khan,[18] the debut collection was launched in August 2012 at Lahore.[18][19][20] Khan, developed Diabetes mellitus type 1 at the age of 17 after he met with an accident that damaged his pancreas.[9][21]


Work in Pakistan (2000-present)

Khan's first television appearance was in a TV series called Jutt and Bond.[3] Khan's cinematic debut was in 2007 from the movie Khuda Kay Liye, which was the highest-grossing Pakistani film of 2007.[3] He later appeared in Anjum Shehzad's travel adventure drama series Satrangi.[22]

Khan at the launch of his clothing line Silk by Fawad Khan in 2012

In 2010, he played the role of Hassan in period drama Dastaan, for which he earned critical acclaim.[23] Khan worked in Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan and Akbari Asghari after Dastaan.[24] In 2011, Khan played the role of Asher Hussain in a popular drama Humsafar' for which he won the Lux Award for best actor in 2012'.[3][25] Khan next appeared in the drama Ashk which received a negative review from Express Tribune columnnist.[26]

In 2012, Khan played the role of Zaroon Junaid, a member from an affluent family opposite Sanam Saeed in Zindagi Gulzar Hai. For this role, he won Best Actor award for his role at Best Actor-Popular award at the Hum Awards and Best Actor satellite at Lux Style Awards [27][28] Sanam Saeed and Khan won the Best Onscreen Couple award in both popular and jury categories at the Hum Awards.[28][29] His last drama was Numm, broadcast in 2013.[30] He later went on to work in telefilms, Behadd, and Armaan.[31][32]

Khan's has walked for Munib Nawaz in 2010,[33] Umar Sayeed in 2012,[34] and for Republic by Omar Farooq in 2015.[35] Recently, Khan was made brand ambassador of the Indian brand Giovanni.[36] Khan co-hosted 14th Lux Style Awards held on 30th Sep, 2015 in Karachi, with Mahira Khan.[37] He has also been voted among the sexiest males in Asia.[38]

Bollywood (2014–present)

Khan with Sonam Kapoor at the promotional event of Khoobsurat, 2015

Khan was supposed to make his Bollywood debut soon after Khuda Kay Liye was released. But due to unstable political situation between Pakistan and India after Mumbai attacks things could not materialize.[39]

In 2014, Khan made his debut in Bollywood in Shashanka Ghosh's Khoobsurat opposite Sonam Kapoor.[40][41] Khan plays Yuvraj Vikram Singh Rathore, Mili's love interest and the son of her patient; a Royal Indian family.[41] Khan's performance was praised by the critics and noted as one of the highlights of the film.[42][43] 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.[44][45] In 2016, Khan was seen in Shakun Batra's family drama Kapoor & Sons, which was produced by Karan Johar. The film, which featured Khan alongside an ensemble cast including Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt, became a major commercial success upon its release, and Khan received almost unanimously positive reviews from critics for his portrayal of a writer who is revealed to be a closeted homosexual.[7][8] Khan will be seen with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, and Anushka Sharma in the upcoming movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which will be directed and produced by Karan Johar.[46] He has expressed his interest in becoming a director.[47]

He has also been voted among the top five sexiest Bollywood actors in 2015 [48]

Music (2000–2012)

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. 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.[49] Entity Paradigm's debut album, Irtiqa, released in October 2003 and received wide critical appreciation, especially the popular romantic track Rahguzar.[3] The band performed Bolo Bolo in the third season of the popular TV music show Coke Studio.[50] Khan left the band in 2012 to focus on his acting career.[51]

Humanitarian and social causes

He has raised money for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, Islamic Relief.[52][53] Khan has shown his support to SOS Children's Villages by participating in the children carnivals that were organized in 2012 and 2014.[54] 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.[55]


Year Film Role Additional Notes
2007 Khuda Kay Liye Sarmad Nominated—Lux Style Award for Best Actor[56]
2014 Khoobsurat Vikram Singh Rathore Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut[57]
2015 Ho Mann Jahaan Rafael Cameo appearance[58]
2016 Kapoor & Sons Rahul Kapoor[59]
2016 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Ali Filming[60]
2016 Albela Rahi Alamgir Announced[61]
2017 Maula Jatt 2 Maula Jatt Announced[62]
Television dramas
Year Title Role Additional Notes–
2001 Jutt and Bond Bond G Kaboom[63]
2005 Rubber Band Himself Special appearance in a song Zinda Hoon[64]
2008 Dil De Ke Jayengy Arsalan[65]
2008 Satrangi Behzaad[66]
2009 Jeevan Ki Rahon Mein[67] Adil
2010 Aaj Kuch Na Kaho[68] Rehan
2010 Daastan Hassan[69] Nominated—Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor - Satellite.[70] Opposite Sanam Baloch,Ahsan Khan,Saba Qamar,Mehreen Raheel
2011 Akbari Asghari Asghar[71] Opposite Imran Abbas,Humaima Malik,Sanam Baloch
2011 Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan[72] Mujtaba Opposite Ayesha Khan,Mikaal Zulfiqar,Sanam Baloch
2011-12 Humsafar[3] Ashar Hussain Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor - Satellite.[73] Opposite Mahira Khan,Naveen Waqar,Noor Hassan Rizvi
2012 Ashk[26] Rohail Hayat Opposite Neelum Muneer,Mehreen Raheel
2012 Zindagi Gulzar Hai [29] Zaroon Junaid Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor - Satellite.[74] Oppposite Sanam Saeed,Sheheryar Munawar,Mehreen Raheel
2013 Numm [30] Wali Bakht Khan Opposite Sania Saeed,Kanza Wayne
Television films
Year Title Role Additional Notes
2009 Kal Zaheer
2010 Coke Studio (Pakistan) Himself Special appearance[50]
2013 Behadd[31][75] Jamal Ahmed
2013 Armaan Armaan Nominated—Tarang Housefull Award for Best Actor[32]

Awards and nominations

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 Couple with Aamina Sheikh Won
2014 Zindagi Gulzar Hai Pakistan Media Awards Best Actor-Satellite Nominated
Hum Awards Best Actor-Jury
Best Actor-Popular Won
Best Onscreen Couple with Sanam Saeed-Jury
Best Onscreen Couple Popular with Sanam Saeed-Popular
Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor-Satellite
Khoobsurat Masala Awards Best Bollywood Debut
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
Kara Film Festival KWIFF Award for Best Male Debut International Won

Other honors and recognition

  • Sep 2014: He became the first ever Pakistani to be featured on the cover of Indian Magazine Film-fare.[76]
  • Nov 2014: Became 5th Most Popular Actor of the month by Times Celebex [77]
  • Dec 2014: He was ranked as 37th Most Popular Bollywood celebrities of 2014 by MensXp [78]
  • Nov 2014: Won Fresh Face of the Year at Hello (magazine) Hall Of Fame Awards [79]
  • Dec 2014: He was ranked at 7th in The World's Sexiest Asian Men of 2014 by The Eastern Eye Weekly [80]
  • April 2015: Ranked as the 3rd Most Desirable Men of 2014 by Times of India [81]
  • April 2015: Voted as the Best Male Debut at IBNLive Movie Awards.[82]
  • July 2015: Named as The Most Beautiful Man of the year at Vogue Beauty Awards [83]
  • Dec 2015: Ranked at 4th in The World's Sexiest Asian Men of 2015 by The Eastern Eye Weekly [84]


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