Fawad Khan’s most iconic roles

While we anxiously wait for his return to the screen, we're taking a trip down memory lane and visiting Fawad Khan's most iconic roles to date.

By Aliya Zuberi

KARACHI: With the news of an upcoming web series and the interview with Anupama Chopra, it seems as though we’ve caught a bit of the Fawad Khan fever that seems to be making rounds. It’s hard to sit patiently and wait to see Fawad Khan grace our screens with his upcoming movies and web series and so in order to calm our impatience we decided to take a trip down memory lane. We’re revisiting some of Fawad Khan’s most iconic roles in movies and dramas that made us fall in love with him.

1. Humsafar

Our obsession with Fawad Khan began with Humsafar when he played the role of Ashar. Ashar had all the elements that the guy of our dreams possesses. He was brooding but as the drama went on he was incredibly romantic, had a sense of humor and said all the right things that melted our hearts. And there’s no denying the sizzling chemistry between Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan. In all honesty, no one could have done a better job than Fawad Khan did.

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2. Zindagi Gulzar Hai

Where Fawad Khan was the perfect man in Humsafar, he took on a completely opposite role as Zaroon in Zindagi Gulzaar HaiSure Zaroon was good looking and he was full of charm, but underneath the charisma was a chauvinist. Someone who expected women to be subservient and who expects his wife to be conservative and wants to control her.

From the get go, sparks fly between the two main leads but not always in the best of ways. But what made Fawad Khan’s role in Zindagi Gulzar Hai interesting is the character arc. When he meets Kashaf (Sanam Saeed) after years and falls for her and ends up marrying her, he puts to rest all her fears about men that she developed courtesy her father and is incredibly patient with her. Sure, the journey had it’s ups and downs but Fawad Khan did a great job in convincing us that Zaroon really did change for the better.

3. Behadd

In his recent interview with Anupama Chopra, Fawad Khan had said that he doesn’t worry about the number of projects he stars in but rather focuses on the content of his projects. And his roles in dramas prove just that. In Behadd,  he starred opposite Nadia Jamil and Sajal Aly. Charismatic as always but this telefilm was slightly different than most love stories.

As Jamal, Fawad Khan plays the role of a man who is interested in his widowed friend. While she tries to set him up with younger women, he only has eyes for her and when he finally proposes he assures her that her age and the fact she has a daughter doesn’t bother him at all. Jamal is an incredibly mature man and is also patient. When his stepdaughter rebels out against the marriage he handles the situation calmly and doesn’t let the incident affect his relationship with the mother or daughter. Jamal is the kind of man our society so desperately needs!

4. Khuda Ke Liye

While Humsafar marked the start of our drama based obsession with Fawad Khan, we also were awed by his acting skills in the critically acclaimed movie Khuda Ke Liye. For this role, Khan took on the role of the antagonist Sarmad. A young man who is influenced by an extremist scholar who ends up hurting people in the name of religion, he really has no redeeming qualities. Fawad Khan plays the role convincingly, between his tortured brooding looks and his despicable actions, he makes a good villain!

5. Kapoor and Sons

Kapoor and Sons was a movie that touched our hearts and Fawad Khan’s performance played a huge role in making it such a huge success. An age old story of the imperfections of a seemingly perfect family, Khan played the role of Rahul Kapoor. The elder, charismatic and successful brother, he was his parent’s pride and joy. Which obviously meant that he was also in a constant clash with his younger brother, Arjun (Siddharth Malhotra).


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Watching Khan as Rahul took us on a journey as we learnt how people struggle with the weight of their families’ expectations while battling their own personal struggles. We laughed and cried along with the characters and when Fawad Khan dropped the biggest bomb on behalf of his character we were left shocked. Kapoor and Sons gave Khan a challenging role to take on as a closeted gay man but there’s no doubt he did his role justice!

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