Why Fawad Khan is so ‘Khoobsurat’!

Published: September 23, 2014
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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,

“Woah”

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,

“Hayeee”

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.

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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)

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