Fawad Khan, who turns 41 on Tuesday, performed as a Pakistani actor in three Hindi films between 2014 and 2016, until the country’s strained Indo-Pak relations prevented them from performing.
Fawad Khan was already one of the most prominent figures in Pakistani entertainment when he made his Bollywood debut. Throughout his brief career in Hindi cinema, he left an indelible mark with his performances. Everything came to a halt, however, when Pakistani actors were barred from acting in Indian films due to deteriorating relations between the two countries. Fawad continued to work at home, although he admitted that he missed Bollywood. As he approaches his 41st birthday, a look back at when Fawad spoke about his time in Bollywood.
Before becoming an actor, Fawad rose to prominence as a member of the alt rock band Entity Paradigm. He made his cinematic debut in 2007 with the critically acclaimed Pakistani film Khuda Kay Liye, before becoming well-known for his work on TV dramas such as Humsafar, Dastaan, and Zindagi Gulzar Hai. In 2014, he made his Bollywood debut alongside Sonam Kapoor in Khoobsurat. He only appeared in two more Hindi films until the ban was imposed in 2016.
In a 2021 interview with Film Companion, Fawad was asked if he missed Bollywood. I do. I made some fantastic acquaintances there with whom I am still in contact. Oh, how I miss it. Mumbai is a great city that I miss. In fact, he commented, I’ve had a terrific experience in every city I’ve visited.
Fawad made his final appearance in Hindi-language films with a supporting role in Karan Johar’s 2016 film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. He will appear in an original Zindagi series that will be shown on Zee5 in India and on the internet. In the show, he reunites with his Zindagi Gulzar Hai co-star Sanam Saeed.
Fawad had a prosperous 2022. He first appears in a tiny role in Ms Marvel, a Marvel web series. He returned to the screen after a six-year sabbatical in the Pakistani epic The Legend of Maula Jatt, alongside Mahira Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, and Humaima Malik. The film has been the most successful Pakistani production ever, grossing over PKR 200 crore worldwide. In a number of global markets, including the United States and the United Kingdom, the film outperformed bigger Indian films like RRR, Ram Setu, and Thank God.