By Shershah Ahmed: Fawad Khan, a name that is synonymous with so many aspects of the performing arts. From music to movies, to dramas and TV shows and all the way to the fashion world, he is one person who can truly be called a modern day Pakistani icon!
The Early Years
Born on 29 November 1981 in Karachi, Fawad Khan moved to Lahore at the age of 15. His love for music was apparent by age 20 as he was proficient in playing multiple musical instruments. However he found his true calling when he whelmed the rock band Entity Paradigm, along with many musicians who have made their undeniable mark on Pakistani culture. Entity Paradigm came from humble beginnings, but was propelled to super stardom with their unique blend of Western rock and rap with Eastern influences and they developed a massive following that is still very much alive to this day, especially after a stint on Coke Studio. Many a musician in Pakistan can say that they found inspiration from the band, with songs like Hamesha, Waqt and Kahan Hai Tu firmly entrenched in the minds of young rock listeners in Pakistan. Fawad’s vocals were a standout when it came to the band, and his powerful baritone voice got hearts and minds pumping at gigs, not to mention him becoming the embodiment of a teen heartthrob.
Alas, Fawad’s role within the band lessened over the years and after numerous bouts with hiatus and reunion, he parted ways with Entity Paradigm in 2012 to focus on other things, the most important of which was his budding acting career.
The foray into Television
Having had a background in stage acting during his schooling years, it was only natural that Fawad would gravitate towards acting after his musical endeavors. Starting off with a show called Jutt and Bond, his greatest known TV work, as well as the most critically acclaimed is his role in the drama Humsafar as ‘Asher Hussain’, a role which won him a Lux Style Award for best actor in 2012. The role catapulted him into the limelight, and he became a household name. However this was just the beginning, which is hard to comprehend considering all his previous success in music and television.
The transition to film
Fawad Khan’s first foray into the world of big production films was the Pakistani movie, Khuda Kay Liye, alongside Shan and Iman Ali. The film went on to become the highest grossing Pakistani movie that year that got rave reviews and basically kick started the resurgence of Pakistani cinema which had for too long remained in the shadows of its counterpart across the border. Fawad’s foray into cinema certainly did not end there, as his keen following in the subcontinent allowed him to breach the Bollywood market too, making his debut in Khoobsurat alongside Sonam Kapoor in 2014. The movie was a critical and financial success, with much praise showered on Fawad himself, with the movie doing very well in the UK, UAE and Pakistan owing to his already established fan base due to his television roles.
His next role in Bollywood was even bigger, starring in the 2016 movie Kapoor and Sons in which he was part of an ensemble cast, which ended up getting rave reviews yet again, with his performance being specifically lauded. He will also star alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachan and Ranbir Kapoor in Karan Johar’s upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
In conclusion, a pattern emerges, where everything Fawad Khan touches turns to gold. His good looks, charming personality have led him to secure leading roles in both Indian and Pakistani cinema, as well as having solidified himself in television and music history, and one can only imagine what the future holds for him!