Pakistani actor Fawad Khan says his female fan-following in India is both a blessing and a matter of concern as his maiden performance in Bollywood film Khoobsurat will invite more scrutiny.
The actor first got noticed outside Pakistan with his critically acclaimed role of a musician-turned-fanatic in Khuda Ke Liye. He followed it up with romantic TV drama Zindagi Gulzar Hai, which was quite popular here.
The 32-year-old actor says he is worried about the response of the audience.
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"The fact that people have liked me in my TV show means that they will come out and support me by watching the film. And then the flip side is that there is a huge expectation from my fans. So, I am nervous," Fawad told PTI.
The actor says starring in a Bollywood project was never on his agenda till he actually got a call for Khoobsurat.
"Bollywood was not on my to-do list. It just happened and then one thing led to another," he said.
In Shashanka Ghosh-directed Khoobsurat, which is a remake of the 1980 film of the same name, the actor plays a royalty Vikram Rathore, who epitomises the modern-day Prince Charming opposite Sonam Kapoor. The film also stars Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak and will hit theatres on September 19.
"I bagged the film in a very simple way. It was January last year when I got a call from the casting director. I was given a script and also the DVD of the old film. I then came to Mumbai for readings with Sonam and that is how I came on board," he said.
Fawad says the Indian film industry is in a very exciting phase right now as it has the perfect combination of experienced filmmakers and newcomers, who are taking Bollywood to new heights.
"There is so much variety and volume of work here in Bollywood. There is so much option for actors as well as the audience. Every Friday some new movie comes in theatres and surprises the audience. There is a wonderful mix of old and new talent," he said.