Recently, Fawad Afzal Khan and Sonam Kapoor came to Dubai to promote their new film Khoobsurat. Masala! quizzed them about the prospect of working outside their respective film industries
Did you ever watch any of Fawad’s shows?
Sonam: Unfortunately, no.
Fawad, we heard that Rhea and Sonam both bullied you with dancing. Tell us more about it...
Fawad: Dance to me is what mathematics is to a monkey. It’s something I would love to do and try but I need more than a week. I’ve got a track record of ignoring and avoiding weddings. Rhea and Sonam were a strong team, so I could not say no.
How did you prepare for the role?
Fawad: Classics come to my mind. Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp; I referred to Richard Gere’s character from Pretty Woman to understand his internal agony. I learnt how to carry myself, thanks to my designer Raghavendra Rathore, who coincidently is a Rajput royalty. So these people became my groundwork.
And what about you, Sonam?
Sonam: This role was specifically written for me by my sister. They wanted to expose my inner child. Unfortunately, certain attributes of Milly are in me. I am always going to be a child. I will always look at things with wonder! In the beginning, I was pissed off because I did not want people to think I am crazy, but now looking back, I am happy I took up the role.
Do you remember anything memorable your fans did here in Dubai or elsewhere?
Fawad: There are a lot of memorable moments when it comes to my fans. However, I respect my fans and their privacy, therefore would not like to discuss, also because I honestly feel it’s a bit braggish. But the amount of love and respect I have been receiving from all across the world, I am more than thankful!
You’ve never promoted your TV shows. What’s the most common question asked when you travel around promoting your films?
Fawad: In Pakistan, we never had to promote shows, more like I never actively participated in promoting my own shows. In India, I think it’s a norm of the industry that you go out there and promote your movies. Frankly, I am testing myself and it’s such a great experience because all this is new to me. Common question would be, ‘How is it to be a part of Bollywood film, what are you expectations’, because I am new to this industry so these questions are often asked.
Sonam, you are widely seen as a fashionista! Have you ever thought of opening your own line?
Sonam: That thought never crossed my head. Rhea and I are like less of sisters and more of business partners. At the moment, we have so many projects on our plate that I cannot give time to anything. But if I ever launch my own line, the clothes would be more durable, inexpensive and fashionable at the same time.
Who has been your favourite Disney Princess?
Fawad: Sonam Kapoor is my current favourite Disney Princess; I just turned 16 watching her! (laughs) Jokes apart, I liked Princess and the Frog, I think that’s what Khoobsurat is as well, I am the frog and she’s the princess!
Sonam: I absolutely loved Brave and Frozen. It feels amazing to be the first Indian Disney Princess!
Are you more like Ashar in Humsafar or Zaroon of Zindagi Gulzar Hai?
Fawad: Humsafar’s Ashar was madly in love with his wife and till date, I am in love with my wife like it’s the first time. Whereas Zaroon was a headstrong man, who respected values and was an open-minded guy, so I believe I am a mix of both.
Have you landed any projects from Pakistan, Sonam?
Sonam: Unfortunately, I have not been offered any projects yet but I would love to visit Pakistan and work there.
Any upcoming Bollywood projects for you, Fawad?
Fawad: There is discussion going on here and there, nothing has been finalised yet. I would love to do more work in Bollywood