The Masala! May cover has created ripples! From Pakistan to India to the UAE, fans can’t stop raving about how stunning Fawad Khan and his wife Sadaf look! For the first time ever, the superstar has opened up about his private life, his children and the fashion brand created by his wife, Silk By Fawad Khan. Needless to say, the pictures tell all about their sizzling chemistry!
When it comes to films, Fawad shines in the spotlight with his wife firmly by his side. And when it comes to the business of fashion, he plays the supporting role, endorsing his better half’s venture. It is no wonder that the paparazzi can’t have enough of them wherever they go. Yet it’s remarkable how real and simple Fawad and Sadaf keep it, despite the glitzy, glorious uncertainties of showbiz.
In this exclusive interview, the Khoobsurat actor tells us all about his life with Sadaf, his fashion dos and don’ts and the joys and challenges of fatherhood! Excerpts…
You have lent your name to your brand Silk by Fawad Khan. Does that automatically increase expectations from the collections?
I think it’s in very responsible hands and I really admire my wife’s style sensibility. I have borrowed that myself several times.
But do you have creative differences with Sadaf?
Well yes, because maybe I do not have the eye that she has! She has a far more trained eye; she is constantly on social media so she’s better versed with fashion trends. I have an extremely classic style sensibility; some people might even call it boring! But I guess simpler things in life make me happy! When it comes to the expectations from the brand it’s in good, safe hands and I can trust it blindly. Even if there is an argument, she has a way of going about it and convincing me, which all wives do (smiles). So I just shut my mouth and follow the leader!
Fawad, you are known as one of the most stylish celebrities around. But how have your style sensibilities changed over the years? Sadaf says you’re very simple and don’t like the OTT look...
It depends from occasion to occasion on how OTT you can go! I believe in the classic. Of course, over the years I have become more ‘civilised’; Earlier, I used to be quite an animal when it came to dressing up (laughs). However, I have never been ostentatious in my approach, I am quite simple.
Fawad with wife Sadaf Khan
How important is it for an actor to be on trend? Or do you leave it to stylists entirely?
In India, I used to work with Abhilasha Devnani and I think she did a wonderful job in whatever we put together. In Pakistan, I have often worked with Omar Farooq. I think both of them have got a very mature sense of style. But I do have a final word on the looks since, at the end of day, I have to wear it and I need to feel comfortable in it as well. I give my inputs and work on the combinations. So far I don’t think I have gotten it all that wrong.
Is it essential for an actor to be aware of fashion dos and don’ts?
My view on that has changed a bit. I think you need to be the way you are without bothering about what people think is fashionable and not. Yes, one should be well groomed all the time. But I have had lazy days when I just don’t want to do anything and I have literally stepped out in slippers and pyjamas! So that’s my opinion currently though it might change in the future. These days I am relaxed but when I get into work mode full time, I will take more care (of what I am seen in). Otherwise on an average day, I have a ‘who cares’ attitude (smiles).
You became a father again recently. How has life changed since the birth of baby Elayna?
It gets better and better every day and I think that’s the case with fathers! Normally a woman carries a child for nine months and those feelings are very internal. The guy may not even know the details of the situation. That changes after a child is born which is when the responsibility actually dawns on you as a father! Since this was the second time after Ayaan (his elder son), I was more prepared. But it’s the most amazing and emotional feeling. Right now I just hate staying away from my kids. I have all the affection in the world for children. Not because it’s clichéd to say that, but I actually believe they are the future generation and how you nurture them and the environment they grow in will reflect on our own future. That’s why I feel love and care will breed more love and care. It’s all about the energy you give out and frankly, I fear that about the world now. The vibe being sent out is very dark and negative…
Fawad with wife Sadaf Khan
What do you blame for this? Social media has changed things a lot…
(Laughs) Social media is obviously playing a massive role… I used to discuss with Shakun (Batra, the director of Kapoor & Sons) at length about this. He used to argue that technology is great for the world and he has a point. If used the right way, it can actually revolutionise the world. But it’s not being used in the right way now.
How you educate yourself when you are on social media be it Facebook or YouTube is important. For instance, my recent obsession is astronomy. I watch every other documentary on the subject since it intrigues me. Everyone has different interests but instead of constructive learning, people generally tend to lean towards the negative…and I think social media has somehow given fuel to this kind of thinking. So if used the right way it can be great but unfortunately we tend to gravitate towards the other extreme.
Finally, have the lessons you learnt in entrepreneurship with Silk by Fawad impacted your approach to acting in any way?
If I were to play a designer, I will probably have good homework behind me now (laughs). Well, my entrepreneurial skills have definitely improved as compared to before, although I think I’m the last person who should be handling someone else’s money! But I am managing my own so that’s why I am comfortable. If I lose anything, I only have myself to blame and to hold accountable. However, as of now Silk by Fawad Khan is all Sadaf’s and I am just there to lend a helping hand. She’s doing very well without my support! You can say, I’m actually here to bask in the limelight (laughs).
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PHOTOGRAPHS: ABDULLAH HARIS FILMS; MAKE-UP: ADNAN ANSARI; HAIR: RASHID SALON UNISEX