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
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.