Fawad Khan

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Fawad Khan
Fawad khan at grazia young faishon awards.jpg
Khan at red carpet of Grazia Young Fashion Awards, 2016
Native name فواد افضل خان
Born Fawad Afzal Khan
(1981-11-29) 29 November 1981 (age 35)[1]
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Alma mater National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences
Occupation
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sadaf Khan (m. 2005)
Children 2
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar

Fawad Afzal Khan (born 29 November 1981) is a Pakistani actor, model and singer who appears in Pakistani and Hindi films and Pakistani television dramas. He is one of the highest paid actors in the Pakistani film industry, and is a recipient of a Filmfare Award, three Lux Style Awards, and six Hum Awards.

Khan begin his music career by joining Entity Paradigm, an alternative rock band based in Lahore, Pakistan. He sang for their debut album Irtiqa (2003), which contains six songs. As a musician, he performed in about 250 shows. He left music to pursue his acting career.

Khan made his film debut with a supporting role in Shoaib Mansoor's sociodrama Khuda Kay Liye (2007). He went on to achieve popularity with lead roles in the television series Dastaan (2010), Humsafar (2011), and Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2012). He made his Bollywood debut in the leading role of a prince in Shashanka Ghosh's romantic comedy Khoobsurat (2014), for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He earned critical praise for his portrayal of a closet homosexual in Shakun Batra's Hindi family drama Kapoor & Sons (2016), which became a major critical and commercial success. Khan appeared on Pepsi Battle of the Bands (2017) as a judge, which marked his return to music. His upcoming works in 2017 include Maula Jatt 2 and Albela Rahi.

Early life[edit]

Khan's father was born in Patiala, British India (now in Punjab, India) and moved to Pakistan at a young age following the 1947 partition, while his mother's family originated from Lucknow, British India (now in Uttar Pradesh, India). Khan was born in Karachi on 29 November 1981.[2][3] His family later moved to the city of Lahore in Punjab, Pakistan.[4] When he was young, Khan's father was in pharmaceutical sales, which required the family to live abroad in Athens, Dubai, Riyadh, and then in Manchester during the Gulf War. The family moved back to Lahore when he was aged 13. Khan has two sisters, his elder sister Aliya is an architect by profession; his younger sister is a doctor.[non-primary source needed][5] He is a non-Pashto speaking Pashtun and speaks Punjabi as his first language.[6][7] 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. 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.[8] Speaking of his educational status at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne while receiving an award Khan said, "I couldn't make money out of coding. I was a terrible computer engineer. I was down and I became an actor to make money."[9] His first amateur performance was acting the title role in a play called Spartacus.[5]

Music career[edit]

Entity Paradigm (2000–2012)[edit]

Khan (right) performing with Ahmed Ali Butt, 2009.

Initially two separate rock bands, Ahmed Ali Butt's Entity and Khan's Paradigm, were both active in Lahore between 1994 and 2000. During the early 2000s, both bands collaborated on the title track of the television sitcom, Jutt and Bond which featured both Khan and Butt.[10] Entity Paradigm's debut album, Irtiqa, was released in October 2003 and received wide critical appreciation, particularly for its popular romantic track "Rahguzar".[11] The band covered Sajjad Ali's "Bolo Bolo" in the third season of Coke Studio in 2010.[12] The same year, their song "Shor Macha" was released. Dawn listed it among the most popular Pakistani songs of the year on the basis of an online poll the newspaper conducted.[13] Khan was featured in its video directed by Bilal Lashari.[14] He said that as a musician he has performed almost 250 shows.[4] Khan left the band in 2012 to focus on his acting career.[15]

Pepsi Battle of the Bands (2017)[edit]

In July 2017, Khan returned to music appearing as judge on the talent show Pepsi Battle of the Bands that also featured Atif Aslam and Meesha Shafi.[16] "Do Pal" the show's launch song was released on 23 July 2017[17]. Khan lent his voice to the song, and was also featured in its video alongside Aslam and Shafi[18][19]. Vafa Batool of Pakistan Today, writing about Khan's judging on the show's first episode, wrote, "Fawad Khan preferred to acknowledge the raw live energy on stage."[20] Khan and the other members of Entity Paradigm re-united and performed their song "Hamesha" in the show's finale.[21]

Acting career[edit]

Debut, breakthrough and television success (2000–2013)[edit]

Khan's first television appearance was in a 2000s TV series called Jutt and Bond.[22] His debut film was Shoaib Mansoor's sociodrama Khuda Kay Liye, where he played the role of a musician who is brainwashed by the local maulvi and ends up completely "messed up".[23] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama described Khan's performance in the film as "strictly ok".[24] Released in 2007, it was the highest-grossing Pakistani film of year.[25] In 2008 he appeared in the TV series Dil Deke Jaenge.[1] Later that year, in Anjum Shahzad's travel adventure TV series Satrangi, Khan played a boy who leaves home after fighting with his parents.[26] In 2010, Khan portrayed a conservative middle class boy in the telefilm Aaj Kuch Na Kaho.[27] It received negative critical reviews, but Dawn praised Khan's performance writing, "The only redeeming factor in this (film) was Khan who was superbly convincing in his role of a sourpuss of a husband."[28] The same year, he starred opposite Sanam Baloch in Haissam Hussain's periodic TV series Dastaan.[29] Of his performance Dawn wrote that Khan and his costars gave "superlative performances to match Samira Fazal’s wonderful script".[30]

In 2011, he played an illiterate boy in Haissam Hussain's comedy TV series, Akbari Asghari.[31] Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan was Khan's third collaboration with Haissam Hussain, which featured him as a boy who arrives in the United States from Pakistan and is constantly looked down upon by his relatives.[32] He later starred opposite Mahira Khan in Sarmad Khoosat's emotional TV serial drama Humsafar, for which he won Best Actor award at the Lux Style Awards in 2012.[33] Writing for The Indian Express, Ranika Rajani praised Humsafar saying, "The Pakistani drama is a breath of fresh air in comparison to its Indian counterparts." Writing about the performers she said, "The chemistry between Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan is also one of the reasons why Humsafar is a must watch. Both of them convincingly wow you with their performance."[34] Zee News's critic Ritka Handoo also praised the lead performances saying, "The lead pair, Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, has struck just the right chord. We as audiences have been finally gifted a new albeit quite believable on screen couple."[35] The following year, he appeared in Sarmad Khoosat's TV series, Ashk which received a negative review from The Express Tribune critic. The same year, Khan played a member of an affluent family opposite Sanam Saeed in Sultana Siddiqui's family drama TV series Zindagi Gulzar Hai. Dipti Sharma of The Indian Express praised his performance and wrote: "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."[36] For this role, he won Best Actor-Popular award at the Hum Awards and the Best Actor satellite at Lux Style Awards, and with Saeed he won the Best Onscreen Couple award in both popular and jury categories at the Hum Awards.[37][38] His last TV serial was Ahson Talish's sociodrama Numm. Broadcast in 2013, the drama saw Khan play a boy who secretly marries a girl in London and, after returning Pakistan, is forced to marry another girl.[39] Behadd, director Asim Raza's telefilm, featured Khan as a young divorcee who proposes to a widow who has a teenage daughter.[40] The Times of India noted that Khan's character in Behadd was different from those he played in Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai and praised his performance writing, "Behadd is another benchmark of Pakistani television heartthrob Fawad Khan."[41] His last telefilm was Anjum Shahzad's romance Armaan opposite Aamina Sheikh, where he played a young, flirtatious boy.[42]

Bollywood; debut and recognition (2014–2016)[edit]

Khan with Sonam Kapoor at a promotional event for Khoobsurat, 2015

Khan was supposed to make his Bollywood debut soon after Khuda Kay Liye was released, but due to the unstable political situation between India and Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, it did not materialize.[43]

In 2014, Khan made his Bollywood debut in Shashanka Ghosh's comedy-drama Khoobsurat opposite Sonam Kapoor.[44] Khan plays Vikram Singh Rathore, Mili's love interest and the son of her patient.[45] Writing for Zee News, Ritika Handoo praised Khan saying, "In this film he shines above everyone else and how! The man is here to stay—his acting skills are immensely polished and not over-the-top. Fawad fits into the shoes of the royal Prince Vikram with such ease, that it becomes difficult to take eyes off him (sigh)."[46] The film was a box office success, and declared a "hit" by various media outlets.[47] It was particularly well received in the UK, UAE, and Pakistan owing to Khan's following in these countries for his earlier television work.[48][49] Sheikh Amjad Rasheed, chairman of IMGC Global Entertainment, said the response was outstanding and Khoobsurat had done extremely well.[50]

In early 2016, Khan was seen in a supporting role in Shakun Batra's family drama Kapoor & Sons. The film, which featured Khan with an ensemble cast including Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt, became a commercial success upon its release, and Khan received almost unanimously positive reviews from critics for his portrayal of Rahul Kapoor, a writer who is revealed to be a closeted homosexual.[51][52] Bollywood Hungama's review praised Khan's performance saying, "As far as performances are concerned, the film totally belongs to Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor." It continued, "He surprises everyone with his exceptionally sensitive performance that can be rightly termed as a 'straight-from-the-heart' act. The emotional bond that his character develops with the audiences is so strong that almost everyone will want to have a son and a brother like him."[53] Writing for NDTV, Saibal Chaterjee said, "On the acting front, Fawad Khan steals the show with an impressively modulated, confident performance as an achiever condemned to perpetually carry the burden of expectation and hide his true self behind a wall of falsehoods."[54] Kapoor & Sons also earned him the Diversity Award at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.[55][56] Six actors, including Karan Johar, rejected the role of Rahul Kapoor. The film's producer said, "We went to six actors and after six rejections, I told Shakun Batra (director) that we should drop the idea and he started developing another screenplay. Later, in a flash of thought Fawad came to my mind. I sent him the script, he loved it and said he would do it."[57] Later in 2016, he appeared in a small role opposite Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Karan Johar's romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.[58] Critics noted that Khan's role was too short to judge. Raja Sen of Rediff.com said, "As the princely DJ, Fawad Khan has far too little to do in this film —though even a role with him on-screen throughout the film wouldn't have justified the ridiculous kerfuffle his casting has caused — but looks perfect for the part."[59] Subhash K. Jha of Deccan Chronicle wrote, "Fawad's entry is welcome and his exit baffling. Why does he reject Anushka’s love? If you are a Fawad fan, his meagre presence and sketchy role would infuriate you."[60] Following the Uri terror attack, bilateral relations between India and Pakistan took a downturn resulting in the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and The Film Producers Guild of India deciding to ban all Pakistani artists from working in India until the situation normalises.[61]

Upcoming projects, Pakistani films[edit]

In January 2016, Khan had a cameo in Asim Raza's coming-of-age Ho Mann Jahaan.[62] He will be seen next in Bilal Lashari's Action film Maula Jatt 2, a remake of the 1979 local film of the same name, where he will play the lead role of Maula Jatt, previously portrayed by Sultan Rahi. For this role, Khan went through a body transformation and gained a lot of weight.[63] The film is expected to be released in late 2017.[64] He has also signed to play pop singer Alamgir in Sultan Ghani's Albela Rahi.[65]

In the media[edit]

Khan at the Vogue Beauty Awards where he won the Most Beautiful Man of 2014.

Khan is one of the highest paid actors in the Pakistani film industry.[66] Speaking of him, director and producer, Abdullah Kadwani said, "Fawad is the closest actor to Waheed Murad."[67] Bollywoodlife wrote, "Fawad Khan is a hottie who can melt you with his great looks and make you go weak in your knees with his charisma."[68] He was Named as The Most Beautiful Man of the year at the 2014 Vogue Beauty Awards.[69] Indian actress Esha Gupta said, "After watching Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, every girl in India fell in love with Fawad Khan."[70] He was voted third in The Times of India's 50 Most Desirable Men of 2014,[71] finished in the same place the following year,[72] and fifth in 2016.[73] In September 2014, Khan became first Pakistani to be featured on the cover of Filmfare magazine,[74] and was featured again on the cover of same magazine in October 2015,[75] and in March 2016.[76] In November 2014, he won Fresh Face of the Year Award at the HELLO! magazine Hall of Fame Awards, India.[77] Khan was called the fifth most popular Bollywood actor of November 2014,[78] and was later called the most popular Bollywood actor in March 2016 by Times Celebex.[79] British magazine Eastern Eye Weekly, in its list of Sexiest Asian men of the year, ranked Khan seventh in 2014,[80] and subsequently spotted him at sixth[81] and third[82] in the following two years. At the IBNlive Movie Awards, Khan won the Best Male Debut Award receiving 48.54% of the total votes.[83] In recognition of his style and fashion, he was awarded the Crush of the Year Award at the Grazia Young Fashion Awards.[84] Hi! Blizt magazine featured him on is cover in 2016.[85] Pakistani magazine The Herald named him one its 10 people of 2016.[86] TC Candler, an independent critics list, nominated Khan for 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2017.[87] In September 2017, he was nominated for the International Pakistan Prestige Award for Style Icon of the Year,[88] which later went to Hamza Ali Abbasi.[89]

Khan is also the Brand Ambassador of Italian brand Giovanni in Pakistan.[90] He is also the Pakistani brand ambassador for Samsung, Suzuki Vitara, Pepsi, Oye Hoye,[91] Servis Shoes, QMobile and TUC biscuit,[92] and has served as a team ambassador for Pakistan Super League's Islamabad United since January 2016.[93][94] Khan has walked for fashion designer Munib Nawaz in 2010,[95] Umar Sayeed in 2012,[96] and for the Republic by Omar Farooq in 2015.[97]

Philanthropy[edit]

Khan attended Islamic Relief fundraisers in San Jose and Washington DC.[98] He raised money for the Shukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Bahrain.[99] Khan later attended the plantation event of the hospital in Peshawar.[100] He has shown his support for SOS Children's Villages by participating in the children's carnivals that were organized in 2012 and 2014.[101] In March 2015, Khan toured the United States and Canada and raised money for various charitable organizations in Pakistan.[102] He has also raised money in London for charity organisations in Pakistan.[103] He and his wife attended a musical tour across the United States to raise money for charitable organisations across Pakistan.[104]

Personal life[edit]

Khan with his wife Sadaf at the 61st Filmfare Awards, January 2016

He met his wife-to-be Sadaf Khan in 1998 at the age of 16 and proposed to her, and they married after seven years of dating in 2005.[105][106] They have a son named Aayaan and a daughter named Elayna.[107][108] Khan, in collaboration with his wife, established a clothing brand called SILK by Fawad Khan;[109] the debut collection was launched in August 2012 at Lahore.[110] Khan developed diabetes mellitus type 1 at the age of 17 after he met with an accident that damaged his pancreas.[4]

Discography[edit]

Year Song Notes
2003 "Fitrat" From the Album Irtiqa[111][112]
"Barzakh"
"Kahan Hai Tu"
"Hamein Aazma"
"Agosh"
2004 "Waqt"
"Hamesha"
2010 Shor Macha Single (Entity Paradigm)[14]
"Bolo Bolo" originally by Sajjad Ali; covered by Entity Paradigm in Coke Studio[113]
2017 "Do Pal Ka Yeh Jewan Hai" Promo song of Pepsi Battle of the Bands along with Atif Aslam and Meesha Shafi; mashup of Vital Signs' "Do Pal Ka Jeevan" and Alamgir's "Dekha Na Tha"[114]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
Films
2007 Khuda Kay Liye Sarmad Lux Style Award for Best Actor[115]
2014 Khoobsurat Vikram Singh Rathore Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut[116]
2016 Ho Mann Jahaan Rafael Cameo appearance[117]
Kapoor & Sons Rahul Kapoor Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor[118]
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil DJ Ali Secondary Role[119]
2017 Albela Rahi dagger Alamgir Announced[120]
Maula Jatt 2 dagger Maula Jatt Lead role[121]
Television dramas
2001 Jutt and Bond Bond G Kaboom [122]
2008 Dil De Ke Jayengy Arsalan [1]
Satrangi Behzaad [123]
2010 Daastan Hassan Nominated—Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor – Satellite[124]
2011 Akbari Asghari Asghar [31]
Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan Mujtaba [125]
2011–12 Humsafar Ashar Hussain Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor – Satellite[11]
2012 Ashk Rohail Hayat [126]
Zindagi Gulzar Hai Zaroon Junaid Lux Style Award for Best Television Actor – Satellite[127][128]
2013 Numm Wali Bakht Khan [39]
Television films
2010 Aaj Kuch Na Kaho Rehan [27]
2013 Behadd Jamal Ahmad [40][41]
Armaan Armaan Nominated—Tarang Housefull Award for Best Actor[42]
Music video
2015 "Urain Ge" Himself single by Ali Zafar; tribute to APS Peshawar martyrs, 2014[129]
2017 "Do Pal Ka Yeh Jewan Hai" also playback singer[130]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Khan after winning Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut, January 2015
Year Work Award Category Result Ref
2011 Dastaan Pakistan Media Awards Best Actor – Satellite Won [131]
2013 Humsafar Hum Awards Best onscreen Couple; with Mahira Khan [132]
Hum Honorary Phenomenal Serial Award
Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor – Satellite [133]
Armaan Tarang Housefull Awards Best Actor Nominated [11]
Best Couple; with Aamina Sheikh Won
2014 Zindagi Gulzar Hai Hum Awards Best Actor – Jury Nominated
Best Actor – Popular Won
Best onscreen Couple – Jury; with Sanam Saeed
Best onscreen Couple – Popular; with Sanam Saeed
Lux Style Awards Best Television Actor – Satellite [134]
Khoobsurat Masala! Awards Best Bollywood Debut [135]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male Nominated
Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film (Male)
2015 Star Guild Awards Most Promising Debut (Male) [136]
Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Won [137]
Hum Awards International Icon of The Year [138]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year (Male) Nominated [139]
Kara Film Festival KWIFF Award for Best Male Debut International Won [140]
2016 None ARY Film Awards International Icon of The Year [141]
Kapoor & Sons Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Diversity Award [142]
[143]
[144]
2017 Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [145]

See also[edit]

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