Starting off his career in music with Entity Paradigm (EP) and then starring in the award-winning film Khuda Kay Liye, actor-singer Fawad Khan has managed to steal many hearts. Realising that his passion for acting burns more than his love for music, Fawad has steered the wheel away from the mic and moved onto the screen. He has since been acting in various TV shows most famously “Humsafar” — a show watched and loved by the whole nation. On the sets of Hum Network, Fawad talked about his career and future plans.
“It’s been really nice,” he said, referring to his rise to stardom and the journey he has made so far in the entertainment industry. “‘Humsafar’ was the next step for me in my career and the response I received from the audience was simply overwhelming.”
When asked whether his new TV show “Zindagi Gulzar Hai”, which airs this week, would be as captivating as “Humsafar” once was, he said: “I certainly didn’t expect that ‘Humsafar’ would receive such a great response. I don’t think that I am that great an actor in isolation but when I work with a team, my co-stars and other people around me help bring out the best in me.”
Fawad believes that the content of a script is important, but having the right team which understands an actor is as significant, if not more. “It’s never been a habit for me to pick up more than I can do in a given period of time. However, I feel that more than anything, your sanity comes first and so the team you will be working with is very important — I believe my team makes me.”
The storyline or script of the TV show is important to him as well, “I do look at the content because the storyline is a big thing, too. But I still feel a team plays a more significant role — your wavelengths [work ethic] don’t always match with your co-stars. So this definitely counts for me.”
“I have worked with a couple of directors and each has played his or her part in bringing out the best in me,” he said. “I have been blessed to have worked with Sultana Apa [Sultana Siddiqui, the director of ‘ZInagi Gulzar Hai’]. I know there is a balance a director has to maintain when it comes to fulfilling his or her purpose — either you become a dictator and tell the actor exactly what he needs to do or go to the other extreme which is throwing the character on to him to let him figure out what needs to be done.”
He believes Siddiqui knows how to balance the two and this is why it’s been such a rewarding experience for him and an achievement for her.
About his future plans in music, he said: “We [EP] have been disbanded for a while now and it’s been difficult to coordinate amongst ourselves. But yes, if something comes up and I have to sing, then I will.” Commenting on whether he’s aiming to act in films as well, he said, “If something really creative comes my way in the near future and if it’s something different and not conventional, then I might do it.”