NO ONE GETS BORED OF LOOK­ING GOOD: FAWAD KHAN

The Pak­istani ac­tor says he gets an ‘ego-boost’ when peo­ple com­pli­ment him on his looks

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Good looks are just an added perk for me. It’s prob­a­bly the cherry and the dessert after the main course (laughs). I never saw it as my strength

We all are vain in some way or the other FAWAD KHAN, AC­TOR

Fawad Khan was ex­tremely pop­u­lar among his fe­male fans for his dap­per looks, even be­fore the Pak­istani ac­tor de­buted in Bol­ly­wood with Khoob­surat (2014). Al­though the Kapoor & Sons ac­tor has proven his act­ing prow­ess in TV shows as well as films, his good looks of­ten get more am­pli­fied than his tal­ent. But Fawad is not one to get both­ered by this. “Good looks are just an added perk for me. It’s prob­a­bly the cherry and the dessert after the main course (laughs). I never saw it as my strength,” he says, adding that it’s an “ego boost” when peo­ple call him good-look­ing.

But doesn’t the con­stant fo­cus on his looks get bor­ing after a point? “I don’t think any­one gets bored of be­ing good-look­ing. We all are vain, in some way or the other,” he says with a smile. The 34-yearold wants to push the en­ve­lope in terms of the char­ac­ters he plays. “Play­ing in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters makes me feel alive. Else, you’ll stag­nate and bore your­self, and the au­di­ence, too,” he says.

In the in­dus­try, Fawad is be­lieved to be a shy per­son. Ex­plain­ing the rep­u­ta­tion, the ac­tor quips that it’s got to do with the fact that “there’s some­one back home to put a foot on my tail (laughs)”. He adds, “So main ghabra jaata hoon (I get wor­ried) when some­one be­haves that way (fe­male fans ex­press­ing their af­fec­tion for him). I feel I’ll get into trou­ble. Ungli unpe nahi uthegi (fe­male fans will not suf­fer the con­se­quences), I will be blamed (laughs).”

As Fawad di­vides his time be­tween Mumbai and La­hore, Pak­istan for work, he ad­mits that his Bol­ly­wood ca­reer was not a planned one. “As any pro­fes­sional, one goes wher­ever work takes you. And I en­joy the jour­ney of get­ting ex­posed to dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and parts of the world,” says Fawad, a fan of Hol­ly­wood star Leonardo DiCaprio’s work. “It’s great to see how he has el­e­vated him­self as an ac­tor. Of course, I’m not as big a heart­throb and as good-look­ing, but I’d as­pire to fol­low a ca­reer graph like him where you have the lux­ury to choose from a va­ri­ety of films that come your way,” he says. Usu­ally, ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood peak in their 30s, but Fawad, who has been in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try since 2000, has started his Bol­ly­wood jour­ney at 32. “I could’ve started a bit ear­lier. I was dab­bling in TV and mu­sic. I did my first film in 2008. But some­how, it wasn’t re­ally tak­ing off. Sud­denly, Hum­sa­far hap­pened fol­lowed by sev­eral other TV se­ri­als. So, I’ve had my share of learn­ing,” he says.

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