From Khoobsaurat to Kapoor & Sons, how has Bollywood been?
Fawad Khan is a name that women of every generation are in awe of. The way he looks at women in his television dramas or in films makes you fall in love with him every single time. Speaking of KAPOOR & SONS, he took the cake and was declared the star of the show. Pratishtha Malhotra sits down with the man who makes women weak in their knees every time you meet him. Excerpts from the conversation.
Many people feel the journey has been very slow. It took me two years to actually sign another film. But it has been rewarding, so I have no regrets. Now I am an official Kapoor. You know some films were offered to me but before I tried something mainstream, I wanted to try something in my zone.I was testing the waters with KHOOBSURAT and have dived in with KAPOOR & SONS. After this, I will go deep sea diving.Whatever was offered to me was great stuff but I did not agree with them. Suddenly when KAPOOR & SONS fell on my lap, I knew it was what I wanted to do.Speaking of the film, KAPOOR & SONS has an amazing script and screenplay, the sensibilities are very real.
The world is so real that you get immersed in it when you play a character. It isn’t a particular actor’s film and that’s what I like about it.Films should be a collaborative effort rather than one person driving the story. This film gives an equal opportunity to everyone, and it has turned out very beautiful. Even though I don’t usually have preconceived notions when I go into a new place, I had learnt from experience that senior actors tend to be cranky. And someone had told me that Rishi Kapoor would give you a really hard time if you forgot your lines. But I realised the truth was completely contrary to that. He is a wonderful person to work with, and an amazing person to hang out with.
We have noticed that you are a little choosy when it comes to narrowing down scripts. Aren’t you?
I am a bit of a bear, I like to go into hibernation for a long time. I don’t like working too much.Doing one film a year suits me, and my temperament because it’s difficult to jump from one film to another. I wish I were talented enough to go from one set to another and just change my costume and be a different character, but I’m not.
We have heard many people say a lot of nice things about working with Alia Bhatt. What was your experience?
We talked very little off screen because she’s a very busy actor. She would come on set, work long hours, go to sleep and then leave for her other project — I think she was shooting for UDTA PUNJAB at that time.But you know, as a human, Alia is very sharp and smart. She’s as intelligent as a 35-40 year old person. Her observations about the film industry are really clear. Honestly, She’s very intimidating. She’s spontaneous, who enters a room and lights it up. Frankly, I was taking her lightly, but she’s on fire.
Speaking of back home, what are the projects that you are working on currently?
I have been doing advertisements in Pakistan for the longest time. I’m not doing much work in films or television. I am an unlucky hero. Films haven’t been offered to me in the last three years. I’ve been offered one now, and I have accepted it.
Now that we would see you in AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL again, our excitement levels are rising up. What excited you about signing the film?
I don’t play the main character in AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL but he is embedded in the story. Karan Johar told me that he would like me to play this character, which is not exactly a cameo but a very important role in the film. I was fine with that. I feel you should focus on what you are doing in a film rather than seeing how much screen time you’re getting. I play a DJ, a very interesting one. The beard that I’m sporting again is for that character.
You are loved immensely in India and Pakistan but the way women fall for you is astonishing. But we have noticed you shy away from them. Why so?
Because I am scared for my life! If I don’t shy away from that attention, there will be someone waiting for me at home with a knife in the hand ( Laughs).
Karan Johar had said that you’re the only one who can make his mother smile. Alia said her mother is your fan too. Are you aware about your popularity with every generation?
Yes, everyone keeps coming to me and saying that their mother is a big fan. That sometimes makes me sad but I am enjoying it (Chuckles). It will be a trickle down-effect: if the mother likes me, the daughter will too.
Your television shows struck a chord with many in a way that they hold you very close to their heart. Despite of many good films that are coming your way, will you be up to sign up for television ever again?
I’d love to do television again but in a different way. I’m a big fan of shows like TRUE DETECTIVE and HOUSE OF CARDS and do something on the lines of that.I am also working in a biopic of a Pakistani pop star named Alamgir. He came to Pakistan in the 1970s when the Fall Of Dhaka happened. The biopic goes across four decades.