Fawad’s endearing joke about ‘bari star’ Mahira
With Kapoor & Sons promotions and celebrations in full swing, and a busy filming schedule for his cameo role in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil hai Mushkil, Humsafar heartthrob Fawad Khan has had no time to rest.
In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, during which he was reportedly under the weather due to his tiresome schedule, the actor discussed his next project, his close bond with his wife and his Humsafar co-star Mahira Khan.
Fawad has undoubtedly left a mark in Bollywood since his debut in Khoobsurat, and will soon be followed by Mahira, who will be seen in the much-anticipated Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees.
When asked if he ever got the chance to catch up with Mahira in India, Fawad said, “We did meet once last year in Mumbai. But our schedules are tight now. She’s a busy person shooting a big film,” before jokingly adding, “Bari star ke paas hum jaise chhote logon ke liye time nahin hoga (Big stars don’t have time for people like us).”
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After a week-long schedule in Jaipur for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the Khabsoorat star is flying back home to Pakistan. From there, he will commence his charity musical tour across the US, which is an annual ritual, before he starts filming for Albela Rahi in Pakistan.
This next project is a biopic on the legendary Urdu pop singer Alamgir, with Fawad playing the 61-year-old musician. Alamgir, born in Bangladesh, was the son of Farmuzal Haq, a politician with the All India Muslim League.
At the age of 15, the singer then moved to Karachi with his family, before he immigrated to the US.
Fawad reveals that although parts of the movie are based in Bangladesh, shooting will only take place in Pakistan.
“I’ve visited Dhaka and love the vibe. But the film will be shot in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan, where Bangladesh will be re-created. We are cheating the locations,” he informed Mumbai Mirror.
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The actor reflected on his time in India, and his introduction to the Dharma family. “I’m notorious for working less and partying more and the shoot was a roller-coaster ride with firecracker Alia (Bhatt), naughty boy Sidharth (Malhotra), the legendary entertainer Rishi Kapoor, cool guy Rajat Kapoor sir and my easygoing maa, Ratnaji (Ratna Pathak Shah). Acting can sometimes feel like 9 to 5 job but in this case, it’s been a blast.”
He also joked that although he works less and parties more, he doesn’t receive many invites. “I wouldn’t know if they are the wildest Bollywood parties but you could definitely describe Karan Johar’s house as Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Mumbai! But I wouldn’t know what to compare it with because I haven’t been invited to any other parties. Nobody calls me,” he said, looking forward to his third Bollywood outing with Karan as the director.
While Fawad is ecstatic about his success on both sides of the border, he revealed, “The only downside to working in India is that I am away from my son (Ayaan) and wife (Sadaf).”
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Never missing an opportunity to give us relationship goals, the actor spoke of his close bond with his wife.
“I share a strong bond with my wife. No one else was willing to put up with me once and that’s the truth,” he says of his college sweetheart, whom he married in 2005.
Future plans? Fawad aspires to become a director one day. “Not immediately, though, I’d like to study the craft first in different parts of the world,” he said, adding that he understands the responsibility that comes with directing. “If it works they take the credit, if it doesn’t, they take the flak.”
Will singing ever be in the cards for the all round star?
“I have been asked a couple of times to sing for a film, but I’ve not been able to make time. Acting is such a big piece of the pie, but maybe in my next film,” he said, pointing out that he did hum the old classic Chand Si Mehbooba Ho Meri in his recent release. “It was an impromptu performance, had I rehearsed I would’ve done better.”