NEWS DESK: Before he became the heartthrob of Pakistani and Indian cinema, Fawad Khan was just a regular teenager, very much in love with a girl, now his wife, Sadaf. Just like any other teenager, he recalls sibling rivalry, being a slacker at school and feeling ashamed of being a TV actor in an interview with Indian Express.
“I have always been the black sheep of the family. I am the middle child, with an older and a younger sister. The older one was studying architecture and would attend a hip college where they would visit old bazaars or work on assignments till 4am. But I would be refused permission if I wanted to go out and, that too, on a Saturday afternoon. I grew up feeling that my parents were partial towards my sisters.” said the star when he struggled with the family.
Never too engaged in the studies, Fawad accepts that he somewhat always wanted to be an actor. Not studying hard enough might be one of the reasons the actors parents were hard on him, says Fawad Khan in an statement.
“I wasn’t a fan of the university I was attending. I was only bothered about what college my girlfriend — now wife — was going to. Education had lost its importance for me at that point because I was a man who had just fallen in love. Since this university was far from the campus where my wife was, I took up acting as a means of escape. But somewhere, there must have been a tiny desire to become an actor.
“I was 17 when I first acted on stage. I was a part of an Urdu adaptation of Spartacus in the titular role. The director was a TV director, which I didn’t know then. Two years later, he called me to say that he was directing a sitcom and asked if I’d like to be in it. He told me I would make Rs 3,000 per episode. I quickly did the mental math and realized I would be taking home a cool Rs 12,000 Pakistani rupees. I felt like a king.” the Kapoor and Sons star said.
Fawad started off his career as a singer in Pakistan’s first rock band, EP. He then started off in silver screen and drama serial Daastan was the first breakthrough of his performance, which later he mastered in Humsafar, the show that got him all the fame and glory. However, his career was not always this flourished.
“When I did join the industry, I did it with a heavy heart. I used to find TV sub-standard and thought no one watched it. After I was cast in the acclaimed film Khuda Ke Liye, I thought it would open up film avenues for me in Pakistan and, maybe, even internationally. When that didn’t happen, I decided to use TV as a means of polishing my craft. But when my shows received a mad response, I realized I needed to pull my socks up and take this medium seriously.
“Over time, it started to get repetitive, which is why I decided to veer away. Now, Kapoor & Sons has made me realise that what I want to do more than anything else is to experiment,” the heartthrob added.
“And experimenting not just with sexuality, but “with both genre and character,” he said.“The film is very real and it has made use of my abilities and made me deliver a nuanced performance. I am more confident of experimenting now, of getting under the skin of interesting characters and doing something different with each one, be it in look or a trait, such as a lisp. If it isn’t there in the script, I’ll work it in.”