Fawad Khan made an impressive Bollywood debut with Khoobsurat in 2014. But, after his first film, the Pakistani actor disappeared, only to resurface two years later, with his upcoming movie, Kapoor & Sons. Ask him about the significant gap between his two movies, and he says, “I’m just a lazy person. I only work when I want to . A lot of my friends tell me that being out of sight is being out of mind. But I feel that if your performance is good, people will accept you; that you won’t have to start from square one.”
The actor adds that he doesn’t like biting off more than he can chew. “I like doing one thing that is substantially good, rather than doing two-three things. So, I wait for that one good project, and I found that in my next,” he says.
Of late, Fawad has been busy travelling, be it for his work in Pakistan, or his projects in India. As a result, the actor has had little time to spend with his family back home, in Lahore. He recalls that recently, when he was leaving for the promotions of his upcoming movie, his eight-year-old son, Ayaan, was not very pleased. “He didn’t take it too well. This time around, I was home for just five or six days. So, when I was leaving, he put his foot down, and said, ‘You are not allowed to go. I don’t want you to go.’ I was heartbroken,” he says. Fawad says his son is well aware of his father’s celebrity status. In fact, he even flaunts it. “He shows it off. It’s sweet that he takes pride in what his father does. He tries to get his way around with my name,” says the actor, jokingly.
Meanwhile, Fawad reveals that he has a lot of respect for Rishi Kapoor, who had to remain seated in the make-up chair for five hours, as he plays a 90-year-old in their upcoming movie. “When I had scenes with Rishi sir at 9am, I would take advantage [of his make-up routine], and sleep till 8am or 8.30am. His make-up actually helped me catch up on some extra sleep. It takes a lot of patience and strength to sit in a chair for five hours and get the make-up done,” he says.
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Thanks to his regular trips to Mumbai, Fawad says he is now familiar with the roads here. “My manager keeps taking me from one place to another, especially around Bandra. The first time I came here, a friend of mine was kind enough to take me all over the city in one day. We even managed to sit at Jimmy Boy, Fort, and have some Parsi food,” says Fawad, adding that he has “made great friends here”.
Interestingly, not many people know that Fawad had stopped watching cricket after Pakistan lost to India in the 1996 World Cup. But with the World T20 under way now, his interest in the game has been revived. “Recently, I began watching cricket again, during the Pakistan Super League. My interest is coming back slowly. But, right now, with the T20 world cup on one side and our film’s release on the other, I wish that the tournament could get delayed.”
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