Why Fawad Khan is so ‘Khoobsurat’!

Published: September 23, 2014

All of us counted the hours, minutes and seconds for his new movie... just to be able to look at him some more.

Jutt and Bond was where most of us first saw Fawad Afzal Khan. He was a skinny, lanky, clean shaven guy with bangs. Soon after, we were surprised to see him as the lead singer of Entity Paradigm (EP), a Pakistani nu metal band, with his husky, soulful voice and that pained musician look. That was when we, the female population of Pakistan, said to one another,

“Hey, this guy’s not bad looking.”

But little did we know that he would soon be making waves and creating magic on TV and the big screen. By frequently featuring in commercials, a few songs and TV serials here and there, Fawad was slowly climbing the ladder of fame. His first film, Khuda Kay Liyeearned him critical acclaim for his role of a confused young man who falls into the claws of religious fundamentalists.

Then one fine day in 2011, Fawad became Asher Hussain. That was when girls in Pakistan, and many older women too, kind of lost it. Then it was all Asher this and Asher that. Fawad not only played this character, in the TV serial Humsafar, he became the character.

He was a compassionate, arrogant, loyal and absolutely beautiful man who loved his wife to the core. He befitted the definition of a ‘perfect man’ and we fell head-over-heels at every word he uttered from that gorgeously crooked mouth.

Our love for Fawad followed to his next romantic drama, Zindagi Gulzar Haiwhere again he played a stubborn, soulful and heart-meltingly adorable guy who is just the right amount of romantic.

When the news of this hunk starring in a Bollywood movie reached our ears, our reaction was,


And that word or no words perhaps, will be good enough to describe the exhilaration we feel over Fawad crossing the border and acting in a movie that is surely a blockbuster and is giving him the global fame he surely deserves.

Why? Well, of course, because this man is undeniably beautiful! But that’s not all.

Here are 10 reasons why I think Fawad is so unquestionably yummy:

1. His eyes

That piercing look he gives you – that could just make you cry… with joy. 

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2. His music

The way he plays the guitar and sings like his life depended on it. *melting*

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3. His boy-next-door smile

The way he looks down shyly, right before he looks up at you and flashes that dreamy smile.

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4. The way he blinks

I bet you never thought blinking could look so seductive, did you? Well, look for yourself!

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5. The ideal son-in-law

He is the perfect guy to take home to your parents; with his honest, believable face and that ‘I’d do anything for you’ demeanour, I guarantee he would have your family bewitched. Yup, he’d totally burn his hand with hot chai to keep you safe.

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6. That stubble!

OMG! OMG! OMG! That beard of his! How can facial hair look so incredibly stunning?

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7. That swagger

How he puts the entire screen on fire the minute he enters. Did I mention the suave beard?

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8. The throaty chuckle

The way he squints his eyes, breaks into a dashing smile and surprises you further with a hearty chuckle. Yup, we’re dying.

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9. What he wears

Whether he wears a suit, a waistcoat or a sherwani, he always looks dapper as hell, with impeccably styled hair. Though I still prefer him in a sherwani. Yup, anyday.

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10. His modesty

Though he’s taken over social media, and the hearts of all the girls in both Pakistan and India, Fawad remains humble and blushes every time he is praised. It’s adorable!

Keep Calm and Stare at Fawad Khan

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So, now you know why we’re hopelessly, helplessly and irrevocably smitten by him and his Greek god looks. Girls are dying to just be in the same room as him and boys (0bviously) want to be him. All of us counted the hours, minutes and seconds for his new movie… just to be able to look at him some more.

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After watching Khoobsurat, first day first show, I reacted to it, just as all the women in the cinema hall reacted to it, with a huge and heartfelt,


Although the movie has the stunning Bollywood actress, Sonam Kapoor, as the protagonist, it is Mr Khan that befits the title of the movie in every sense possible.

Is the movie worth watching? Yes, definitely!

But is it the best movie ever? No, not even close!

The story is clichéd and annoyingly predictable. When you are introduced to all the characters, you can easily guess what each will do in the movie and how they’ll end up.

The plot revolves around a clumsy Dr Mili Chakravarty (Sonam Kapoor) and her many endeavors, as she takes up a project to treat a Rajasthan royal by the name of Shekhar Rathore (Aamir Raza). The Rathore family live in huge mansion and every thing about their lifestyle and mannerism signifies royalty. There is a lot of discipline in their house, administered by the royal wife Rani Nirmala (Ratna Pathak), and Dr Mili just can’t seem to adjust to all the rules. Then she meets the prince, Yuvraj Vikram Rathore (Fawad Khan), and that’s when things start to get interesting.

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In the beginning, the pace was really fast and, personally, I think both Fawad and Sonam deserved a spicier entry (it is a Bollywood chick flick after all). Also, the scene where both their characters meet for the first time is abrupt. Had it been a stronger and funner meeting, their relationship would’ve seemed more interesting.

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Another fun character was Dr Mili’s mother Manju (Kiron Kher). As always, Kher plays a typically loud and overprotective Punjabi mother but she does the role justice and adds humour to the storyline.

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Sonam’s character was cute and her acting was pretty likeable this time round. While she was full of energy, Fawad’s character was intense and sombre, which he played perfectly.

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Many reviews say that Fawad overshadowed Sonam. Perhaps this is because Fawad’s acting is different than a typical Bollywood actor’s. Sonam is not a bad actress but her performance was not as natural and easy as Fawad made it his seem.

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If you compare Fawad to Ali Zafar, who has also been trying his luck across the border, Fawad remains real on screen while Ali, although very talented, seems like he is trying to hard to impress the Indian audience and ends up crossing the line to ‘overacting’. This is why Ali Zafar would do well in comical roles whereas Fawad would excel in roles that highlight his raw and strong expressions.

Popular Indian film critic Anupama Chopra described the movie,

Khoobsurat is sweet, benign, and bland.”

The ending of Khoobsurat was typical, mediocre and, for a lack of a better word, lazy. Fawad is the saving grace of the movie and, all in all, money well spent. I’d surely recommend everyone to watch it.

Here are five of my favourite moments from the film:

1. Fawad is as royal as a prince can be and, throughout the movie, Sonam shoves him around. It’s incredibly cute because he’s so skinny and often looks shaken when she shoves him. This is during a phase when he really doesn’t like her; hence, his expressions are priceless.

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2. When Sonam confesses out loud to having dirty thoughts about him and he confesses the same to himself (in his head). They both are drunk, this scene is extremely adorable!

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3. When he sees Sonam dancing in her pjs and is shocked by her craziness. Engine ki seeti is one of the best songs of the movie.

Keep Calm and Stare at Fawad Khan

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4. How throughout the movie he hates that she wears short clothes and sits ‘inappropriately’.

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5. The kisses – I like how they didn’t make it gross and kept it adorably decent. As a random aunty sitting behind me in the cinema perfectly explained it,

“He didn’t do real kissing because he is Pakistani.”


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For me, he is what will sell Khoobsurat to the viewers. I don’t about you guys, but I think Fawad has made this country, and us girls in particular, really proud. So make sure you watch this movie and get smitten by the beautiful phenomenon that is Fawad Khan.

Sonal Arshad Siraj

Sonal Arshad Siraj

A student of psychology and social sciences, who likes to eat and write in that order. She tweets @Sonal_arshad (twitter.com/Sonal_arshad?lang=en)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Ayesha

    Haha I cant stop laughing here :) The way you described every single thing about his looks and acting is hilarious :DRecommend

  • Khurram

    well..the writer thinks too much about FK…she is still a student so its better if she concentrate more on studies rather than FK’s smile, beard, dimples, clothes, shoes and hair cut. That’s not gonna help u in examsRecommend

  • Salim Alvi

    we make alien in name, look, language and dress as khoobsurat. surat literally means image. Sundar is Su (pure, divine auspicious).

  • tani

    i so so so like ur review..it’s sooo sweet..really ur words’re depictin ur luv 4 d guy ;) obviously he’s soo adorin’
    but i’ve a slight contradiction wd u about sonam’s actin’ it was not good..she kind of made it seem lyk she’s tryin hard for somethn n while doin this she clearly slip from the path..i donno what ‘coz i’m very weak at xpressin or xplainin’ what i feel..so i had tottly this feelin’ yar wht this gal is doin? yeah i totally agree wd u that thair entry n meetin unconsciously sliped in a casual n plot n story was loose..there was no strength that should b holdin the incidnts together..they were like scattrd n very pridictble..
    we were discussin the other day..milli’s character was not that weak as it’s presented by sonam despite her record breakin efforts..had it played by some other acctress..i dn knw but i’ve this vibe..it would’ve been like or even loved by masses..
    anyhow sonam did somewhat better than her all previous works..
    n fawad..no words..Recommend

  • AJ

    you clearly seem to be smitten by him to the level of obsession.. but that does not mean everyone else is as well.. i do not find him good looking at allRecommend

  • Aaliya

    You sound way too smitten to objectively critique Fawad’s acting skills. Recommend

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  • Parvez

    It seems the movie is made by Sonam’s dad…….and if Fawad has managed to hold his own, then he’s done well. Going to see it on Friday and then will know more.
    While on the subject of movies….just saw Dukhtar….and was pleasantly impressed.Recommend

  • NJ

    Author should get a PhD on FK. She is half way there.Recommend

  • L.

    I think you are more in love with the characters he plays than fawad khan himself. But having said that, he is an excellent actor. Recommend

  • Abuzar Durrani

    Its pretty impressive how uve been extremely precise about the very looks of fawad and not for the fact that us guys are jealous of him or anything of that sort but do u really feel that the.film itself deserved the praise and applause provided by the audience? I mean to say that the pakistani flick Dukhtar, which was released at the exact same time, was given a total cold shoulder in all this glitzy glamoury fawad sonam talks. We are extremely proud of fawad and i myself am a huge fan of him since the time of jutt and bond but i personally feel Pakistani media is the one to blame for not promoting our countrys own production and going over to our neighbors and acting upon their minds. A lil depressing if u come to think bout it….p.s. just sayingRecommend

  • IBAnalyst

    Just because he is Pakistani doesn’t mean that he is a good actor !! Ok, I admit the guy is handsome but to wax long eloquent essays on his acting skills is just plain delusional. I see him going the way of Ali Zafar.

    The reason Pakistanis are increasingly being cast in Indian movies has nothing to do with their talent or their looks but rather to do with the economics of it all. All said and done, Pakistan is a huge market with a population of about 180 million people who increasingly seem to derive their entertainment from Arabic and Turkish dramas as opposed to the traditional sources of entertainment such as Bollywood. To prevent more people from leaving Bollywood, Indian directors and producers see it fit to cast Pakistanis as it increases their appeal in Pakistan thereby preventing further erosion of Bollywood’s appeal. It is all about the money folks – simple as that.Recommend

  • andie

    Really sweet …BTW I think this movie proved nothing of Fawad’s acting abilities .Loved him (and Sanam Saeed) in ZGH .Want more stuff like that ….Recommend

  • guest

    Enjoyed reading this. Loved point #5. You are a true Fawad fan!Recommend

  • Iqra Sarfaraz

    haha sssssssssssssss ;)Recommend

  • S Z

    OMG… I can’t believe this piece got through. Seriously ET?Recommend

  • Queen

    Wow, This blog must be read by Fawad Khan, I am sure he will be happy to see how fans adore him :)Recommend

  • http://www.pakace.com Abdul Mannan

    :-D same here :-D I think Sonal you are in love with HIM if i am not wrong :-pRecommend

  • Guest

    Sanam Saeed playing the role of the anti-hero ‘Bloody Nasreen’ would be worth watching.Recommend

  • نائلہ

    Since when did humanity’s ‘traditional source of entertainment’ become Bollywood? Lol. Recommend

  • Aftab Riaz

    No, correct please. Actors and Actresses in Pakistan are ‘Actually’ far better than any of the Indian celebrities (who pay more attention to their looks and appearance). And, we are not derived and drived by Arabic and Turkish plays bro. We, have our own identity and culture. Got enough talent to celebrate :) Well, why Bollywood takes Pakistani celebrities, ‘Yes’ thats definitely to capture viewership from 180 million Pakistanis :) Chill broRecommend

  • Sane

    This is confession of a love and nothing elseRecommend

  • Sane

    Rather loverRecommend

  • https://twitter.com/Urooj__Hayat Urooj Hayat

    uffff.. the way you described him is more amazing than reality :)Recommend

  • Jor El

    “He didn’t do real kissing because he is Pakistani.”
    Pakistanis don’t kiss ???Recommend

  • Ammar sajid

    Perfectly he is better than many of the bollywood stars. He will shine there soon ,though that i would definitely agree that he overshadowed Sonam in this Movie. He is future star of the bollywood.
    Mindblowing description absolutely worth reading. but “DAT SENTENCE”
    #Pakistani #Guys #Dont #Know #How #To #Kiss O.oRecommend

  • AB

    What a nauseating overload of drool. This is not an objective piece.Recommend

  • nitish

    “We, have our own identity and culture. “that something came as a surpriseRecommend

  • nitish

    me too…why do i feel like this same piece could have been written by a male fan about his favorite female star. I am not able to digest this writingRecommend

  • gp65

    Pakistan does have 180 million people but it is actually NOT a big market for Indian movies or for that matter any movies because it has very few cinemas (200 compared to 20,000 in India). For most Indian movies the revenue generated in Pakistan is less than 1% of the global revenue. Not just that, most of that revenue goes to Pakistani distributors nt the Indian producer.
    Accordingly, we must give credit to the Pakistani actors who get selected on the basis of their potential. Like any other Indian actor, eventually teh audience will either embrace or reject the person and that would become obvious after a few movies. But till then , they deserve credit for being picked for their looks/tralent and not due to economic reasons.Recommend

  • gp65

    “No, correct please. Actors and Actresses in Pakistan are ‘Actually’ far better than any of the Indian celebrities ”
    That statement would have been just fine if you had prefixed it with the term ” In my opinion”Recommend

  • gp65

    Changed your mind – eh? Originally you were not planning to see it. Incidentally I enjoyed both Khoobsurat – sweet timepass and Daawat-e-Ishq. But I marginally preferred Daawat-e-Ishq because I felt its story was more substantial.Recommend

  • gp65

    No. It is not supposed to be objective. It is a blog and represents the writer’s opinion. I do not necessarily share her obsession for Fawad but thought it was quite charmingly written.Recommend

  • gp65

    He may indeed surpass many of the Bollywood stars. But you cannot make that claim based on a single movie. He has to work in a very wide array of roles to prove that he is a good actor.

    As far as being a star is concerned, star power requires that movies you are in should succeed consistently at the box office. His first movie certaily does not meet the test.
    He seems to have potential and one would like to keep an eye on him. Wish him good luck.Recommend

  • http://www.mobilepricepakistan.net/ jjthemanjunaid

    One of the best movie i ever watch. Love you fawad khan you are looking sooooooo awesome.

    Q5 price paksitanRecommend

  • x

    Nope. We believe in love not lust, blushing and looking down is how we express love and yeah, the stork drops our babies.Recommend

  • x

    I watched the movie and it is poorly made, loud and a drag too. I don’t know why people said its light and silly, it’s downright stupid and quite annoying. Fawad is the saving grace in terms of looks, screen presence and even acting but even he couldn’t salvage such a pathetic movie. I would like to see dukhtar. Is it too depressing and bleak though?Recommend

  • x

    It’s a love letter to FK. We pakistanis may not kiss but we are allowed crushes lolRecommend

  • Ahmed

    Do you have any idea of what you are saying? Tell me one Turkish movie that has hit cinema screens in Pakistan? Tell me one Arabic soap playing on TV in Pakistan?? Further erosion of Bollywood?? LOL. Dhoom 3 earned more on its first day then the Pakistani film Waar!! Pakistan’s contribution is only a trickle of what they make out of India!! google gross earnings of bollywood films in India and compare with Pakistan!!

    So you are telling me the Indian producers will risk all just to please a handful of people in Pakistan??

    Also, dear, not all of 180 million people in Pakistan watch movies. It is actually a much smaller market with multiplex penetration which help generate most of the revenue limited to only a few major cities!!

    Question: Since you did mention, is IBA really that bad?? What kind of graduates are they producing? :)Recommend

  • Parvez

    Thanks for that……now I’ll be prepared for a ‘dud’ and if it proves otherwise then I’m one up :-)Recommend

  • Parvez

    Yup !…… I’m not paying…..I’m being given a treat :-)
    As Dawat-e-Ishq is also playing at the same venue, my preference was to see that……BUTRecommend

  • Naman

    ha ha ha !!! loved the lined which ended your commentRecommend

  • AJay Gupta

    @IBAnalyst: it is economics, but not the way u mention it. Naturally a pakistani actor trying to make it big in bollywood will charge dar far less than established stars. while pakistan is going overboard about him, in the original khubsurat rakish roshan was just a prop. It was rekha all the way. here the role of the prince has been beefed up, but the film is not doing well in India.Recommend

  • Hiten

    Yes, I do agree casting Pakistanis in Bollywood is all about economics and nothing else. Sonam Kapoor is the official lead in Khoobsurat much the same way as Bipasha Basu is in Creature 3D. Fawad & Imran Abbas were casted in those films much later. Same is the case with Ali Zafar who is the second lead in Kill Dil.

    P.S.:- Indian producers find Pakistani actors economical to cast them in their movies. Here is the reason why Pakistani actors are casted in Bollywood


  • gp65

    SInce you are curious how anyone could have liked it, let me provide an opinion. The movie gave several messages in a light hearted non-preachy manner
    1) Parents should stay engaged and communicate with children, trying to understand them instead of simply judging them. This earns their trust and children are able to share what they feel to receive appropriate guidance rather than taking an extreme step.
    2) It is not necessary to be unselfish to be nice. You can be selfish and nice if you pursue win win situations.
    3) If you speak your mind rather than keep everything bottled up under the veneer of ego or vanity, you are ikely to have fewer regrets when you are older.
    4) You do not have to be serious in order to be responsible. You can be easygoing and fun loving and still be responsible.Recommend

  • nazia

    This is just plain gushing!Recommend

  • hassan

    We don’t kiss in public !Recommend

  • Parvez

    The beauty of being intelligent is that you can actually make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.Recommend

  • Gratgy

    No Indian male star would have played second fiddle to Sonam. It would be bad for their carerr in the long runRecommend

  • Jor El

    So, kissing in public is “real kissing” and kissing in private is “fake kissing” ???Recommend

  • gp65

    Thank you for the back handed compliment. I would put it differently. The beauty of being open minded to diversity in stories and story telling means that you can enjoy many more movies than if one were highly judgmental.
    Take it that you saw it and did not like it?Recommend

  • Parvez

    Watched the movie today…..and to be honest thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light, funny and entertaining without being draggy or preachy.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Saw it and liked it……my comment was in haste being influenced by X’s comment and the short trailer of the movie I saw a while back…….my apologies if my comment upset you.Recommend

  • Tweety

    It’s not his opinion it’s mine as we’ll and everyone’s too whom I know they r more than 1000Recommend

  • Tweety

    You said we r drived by Arabic and Turkish dramas HA HA HA that’s so funny of you. Then Indians are drived by Pakistani dramas as Pakistani dramas a are very very(infinity verys) successful in India.Recommend

  • Tweety

    No need for ”in my opinion” as it is everyone’s opinionRecommend

  • Tweety

    We do have our own identity and culture WE R MUSLIMS. IRecommend

  • Tweety

    This article is excellent and really true. I loved it.

  • Parvez

    Saw the move and loved it.
    My comment was influenced by X…..my bad…… apology tendered.Recommend

  • Gp65

    Kind of what I had said. So you are joining me in the silk purse making industry? Poor sows .Recommend

  • Oh Adams

    I have never seen a more stupid article. First of all he is a good looking guy but he is nothing extra ordinary in any way. Come to US and I will show you models that are drop dead gorgeous.Recommend

  • In Love with Fawad

    I dont know anything else.. But just like I LOVE HIM… HE is toooooooooooo HOT! Uffff those eyes…. God save the grls!Recommend

  • Parvez

    Trying but unfortunately haven’t acquired your level of skill :-)Recommend

  • aditiverma

    I’m Indian. A channel has recently started broadcasting some Pakistani TV dramas here, and I feel they are far superior to the usual Hindi-language content in every way, including acting. I think Fawad is a good actor, and so are many of the other actors who have been showcased through these serials.

    I’m glad Fawad is working here. I hope to see more of him, and other talented Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Gp65

    Was not in the least upset. Even if you had hated the movie, that is okay. Different strokes for different folks is quite acceptable. Your comment was polite enough and that is what matters.Recommend

  • Gp65

    If it was ‘everyone’s opinion then movies with Pakistani stars would consistently gross higher than those with Indian stars. Clearly not the case. This is not just in India but even in UAE which has equal number of Indian and Pakistani residents.Recommend

  • Minhal Fawad

    Omg! He is so adorableeeee. :’)Recommend

  • Ayesha

    Seriously Sonal its amazing Piece (Y)Recommend

  • sara

    lol but its true…most of us are in love with him …this is my first serious crush on an actorRecommend

  • AB

    Even if it’s a blog, she is in no position to objectively critique Fawad’s acting skills because she is way too smitten by his physical attributes to put any critical thought into his performance. All this hero worship is quite cringe inducing and totally unnecessary. Recommend

  • ABriggs

    While this piece will undoubtedly resonate with all the feather-brained, love-struck (and often hysterical) Fawad Khan groupies, for those seeking quality content with substance and maturity, this blog will be a real test of your endurance. Read it at your own risk. Recommend

  • truth

    We get a girl’s Whatsapp and message furiously, and then our mom pressures us to marry our cousin. We have a mehndi, nikah, walima…and nine months later, a baby.Recommend

  • Jor El

    Oh come on !!! Surely, u r joking …Recommend

  • Tariq Ahsan

    Hahahaha Fawad Khan didn’t kiss just because of that he is a true lover of his wife not because he is a Pakistani.

    Don’t forget Veena Mailk and Humaima Malick have already worked in Bollywood were almost given nude scenes. This is really great that your guyz shy to do Kiss scenes but on the contrary this is shamful that your women are ready to do every thing just earning money in Bollywood.Recommend

  • Tariq Ahsan

    But don’t worry Sonam Kapoor will not leave him this time.Recommend

  • Hira

    Rabbish ! Got a real life girl. Recommend

  • Tehmeed Ahmad

    You are confusing looks with charm. I know its subjective but I don’t find this guy handsome in any way. He is a charismatic guy though.
    PS I’m a guy and yes we can tell if another is handsome or not. Recommend