Muslims should be depicted normally in TV shows: Iqbal Khan
TV actor Iqbal Khan wants Muslim characters to be portrayed normally on the small screen. He says that while there’s compassion, people focus on the hatred in the world.tv Updated: Dec 04, 2016 18:29 IST
Iqbal Khan is back on the small screen, and he says his current role as Muslim royalty with a composed demeanour is thrilling him to no end. The actor, who has worked in hit TV shows such as Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai, Kkavyanjali and Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do (PKHJD), wants Muslim characters to be portrayed “normally” on shows.
What do you think of the portrayals of Muslims in TV shows?
I have played a Muslim in PKHJD, too. And in this show, my character is used to portray cultural differences and bring in contrast. As for other shows that I wouldn’t want to name, when they showed a terrorist, the actor was seen wearing a namaz [prayer] cap and had the namaz mark on his forehead.
It is sad that these are trademarks of terrorists. There’s no need to play the Azaan [a call to prayer] every time a Muslim character walks into a scene. I would like Muslim characters to be depicted as normal people. It is happening in some shows, but not all of them.
There’s no need to play the Azaan [a call to prayer] every time a Muslim character walks into a scene. I would like Muslim characters to be depicted as normal people.
What do you feel when looking back on your journey as an actor?
I have grown as an actor. I can’t comment on how much [I’ve grown], as that’s for the audience to decide. But I am objective about my work. I started when acting was loud on TV; perhaps it is a blessing for me as I don’t like that, so I act as normally as I can. Not being loud and not overacting has worked for me, I feel.
What do you think is a definition of a star on TV?
I don’t think there are any stars on TV. The story has to be right and the writer is the star. If any actor thinks a show is getting high ratings because of him, that’s an illusion. Yes, the audience gets attached to characters and the actor playing it. If the actor leaves the show, it might affect the show a little bit, but if the story is out of this world, then the show will bounce back.
Do you think you are a star?
Well, there are popular actors on TV, and I have been here for years, so I am a fossil now. I better be popular (laughs). I don’t go out for events to feel popular. I am not on Facebook or Twitter, I’m only on Instagram. There is too much hatred, as people go on about India-Pakistan, and Hindus and Muslims. I want to stay in my bubble where everyone is fine and loves each other. There is a lot of compassionate stuff happening in the world, but people focus on hatred.