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Fawad Khan

Actor, Model

Fawad Afzal Khan

(born 29 November 1981) is a Pakistani actor, producer, screenwriter, model and singer. He has received several awards, including a Filmfare Award, three Lux Style Awards and six Hum Awards.

Khan began his acting career on the television sitcom, Jutt and Bond. He formed an alternative rock band, Entity Paradigm, with the show’s co-stars and began his music career as its lead singer. The band appeared on the finale of Pepsi Battle of the Bands in 2002 and Khan became known for its 2003 debut album, Irtiqa. After about 250 performances, he left the band to pursue a film career. Khan made his film debut with a supporting role in Shoaib Mansoor’s sociodrama, Khuda Kay Liye (2007), one of Pakistan’s highest-grossing films.

He had his first success in the television period drama, Dastaan (2010), for which he received the Best Male Actor Award at the Pakistan Media Awards. Khan played a lead role in the Pakistani television serial Humsafar (2011), and appeared in Sultana Siddiqui’s family drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2012). For both performances, he received the Lux Style Award for Best Actor – Satellite. Khan made his Bollywood film debut with the lead role in the romantic comedy, Khoobsurat (2014), for which he received the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He was praised for his portrayal of a closeted homosexual in the critically and commercially successful family drama, Kapoor & Sons (2016).

In addition to acting, Khan has raised money for charitable organizations throughout Pakistan. He has endorsed several popular brands and products. Khan has been listed among the “Sexiest Asian Males” by the British magazine Eastern Eye. He founded a clothing brand named Silk by Fawad with his wife, and has modelled for the brand.

Early life

Khan was born in Lahore on 29 November 1981 into a family of Pathan ancestry. He lives in Lahore, and speaks Punjabi as his first language. His father was born in Patiala, British India (now Punjab, India), and moved to Pakistan at a young age after the 1947 partition. His mother’s family originated in Lucknow, British India (now Uttar Pradesh). When Khan was young, his father was in pharmaceutical sales, which required the family to live in Athens, Dubai, Riyadh and Manchester during the Gulf War. His family returned to Lahore when he was 13. Since childhood, Khan has been a fan of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor. He has two sisters; his older sister, Aliya, is an architect and his younger sister, Sana, is a physician.

The actor studied at an American school, where he said he faced racial issues and was bullied because of his shy, calm, non-combative nature. Khan passed his A-levels at the Lahore Grammar School, Johar Town (LGS JT), and received a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) in Lahore. Because he could not find a job as a programmer, he soon began acting. In a Forbes India interview, Khan said that he had also failed to find a job in marketing.By then he could play guitar, bass and drums, and became Entity Paradigm’s lead singer. Khan’s first amateur performance was in the title role of a play, Spartacus.

Music career

Two rock bands, Ahmed Ali Butt’s Entity and Khan’s Paradigm, were active in Lahore between 1994 and 2000. The bands collaborated on the title track of a television sitcom, Jutt and Bond (featuring Khan and Ahmed Ali Butt), in the early 2000s. This collaboration led to the bands’ merger into Entity Paradigm. The new band appeared in the 2002 finale of Pepsi Battle of the Bands, losing to the band Aaroh. Entity Paradigm’s debut album, Irtiqa, was released in October 2003; it received broad critical appreciation, particularly the popular romantic track “Rahguzar”. The band broke up in 2007, reuniting in 2010 to participate in the third season of Coke Studio (where they covered Sajjad Ali’s “Bolo Bolo”). Their single, “Shor Macha”, was released that year. Dawn listed it among the year’s most popular Pakistani songs in the newspaper’s online poll. Khan was featured in its video (directed by Bilal Lashari), and said that he had played almost 250 shows as a musician. He left the band in 2012 to focus on his acting career.

Khan appeared as a judge on Pepsi Battle of the Bands in July 2017, with Atif Aslam and Meesha Shafi. He sang the show’s introductory song, and appeared in its video (released on 23 July) with Aslam and Shafi.According to Vafa Batool of Pakistan Today, Khan “preferred to acknowledge the raw live energy on stage.” Khan and the other members of Entity Paradigm reunited and performed “Hamesha” in the show’s finale.

Acting career
Debut, breakthrough and television success (2000–2013)

Khan’s first television role was a bumbling spy named Bond with his bandmate, Ahmad Ali Butt, in the 2001 sitcom Jutt and Bond.His debut film was Shoaib Mansoor’s sociodrama Khuda Kay Liye, where he played a musician who is brainwashed by the local maulvi. Although the film received positive reviews, critical response to Khan’s performance was mixed. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama called it “strictly OK” but The Economic Times’ film critic Gaurav Malani found him “engaged” in the role of an extremist. Released in 2007, the film grossed ₨ 250 million and is one of Pakistan’s highest-grossing films. Khan received the Lux Style Award for Best Actor – Film in 2008, and appeared in the TV series Dil Deke Jaenge. Later that year, in Anjum Shahzad’s travel adventure TV series Satrangi, he played an engineer who goes on a road trip In 2010, Khan played a conservative, middle-class boy in the telefilm Aaj Kuch Na Kaho. Although it received negative reviews, Dawn found Khan “superbly convincing” and called him the film’s “only redeeming factor”. That year, he starred with Sanam Baloch in Haissam Hussain’s period TV series Dastaan. Based on Razia Butt’s novel, Bano, its story (set in the 1940s) revolves around the separation of a young couple during the 1947 partition. A Dawn reviewer wrote that Khan and his costars gave “superlative performances to match Samira Fazal’s wonderful script”, and The Express Tribune praised the lead pair’s onscreen chemistry.For his performance, Khan won the Best Drama Actor award at the Pakistan Media Awards.

Haissam Hussain’s comedy Akbari Asghari, a modern adaptation of Mirat-ul-Uroos, was Khan’s first television series in 2011; he played Asghar, an unambitious villager who wants to marry one of his cousins. In an interview with The Hindu’s Anuj Kumar, Khan described his character as “completely oaf[ish]” In Kuch Pyar Ka Pagalpan, his third collaboration with Hussain, he starred with Sanam Baloch, Meekal Zulfiqar and Ayesha Khan as a computer engineer who wants to take over his uncle’s business. Khan later starred with Mahira Khan in Sarmad Khoosat’s TV serial drama, Humsafar, for which he won the Best Actor award at the 2012 Lux Style Awards. Humsafar is Pakistan’s highest-rated television serial. The series and Khan’s performance were praised. Ranika Rajani praised Humsafar in The Indian Express, calling it a “breath of fresh air” and preferring it to Indian soap operas. According to Rajani, the lead pair’s chemistry was the biggest factor in the show’s success. Zee News critic Ritka Handoo enjoyed the protagonists’ performances, calling the Khans a “quite believable onscreen couple”.

Khan’s first 2012 role was Rohail, a Turkish resident who goes to Pakistan to marry his cousin but instead marries her sister, in Sarmad Khoosat’s Ashk. That year, he played a member of an affluent family (with Sanam Saeed) in Sultana Siddiqui’s family-drama TV series Zindagi Gulzar Hai. The serial, one of the most critically acclaimed Pakistani dramas, also received widespread praise in India. Dipti Sharma of The Indian Express enjoyed Khan’s skillful portrayal. The role earned him several awards, including the Hum Award for Best Actor Popular and the Lux Style Award for Best Actor – Satellite. Khan’s last TV serial was Ahson Talish’s sociodrama, Numm. Broadcast in 2013, Khan played a boy who secretly marries a girl in London and is forced to marry another girl when he returns to Pakistan.Behadd, director Asim Raza’s telefilm, featured Khan as a young divorcee who proposes to a widow who is the mother of a teenage girl. The Times of India noted that Khan’s character in Behadd was different from those in Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai, calling it “another benchmark”.His last telefilm was Anjum Shahzad’s romance Armaan (with Aamina Sheikh), where he played a young, flirtatious boy. He also co-wrote the telefilm’s screenplay, with Vasay Chaudhry

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