The actor reflected on his time in India during the shoot of his latest outing Kapoor and Sons, and his introduction to the Dharma family. He said: “I’m notorious for working less and partying more and the shoot was a roller-coaster ride with firecracker Alia (Bhatt), naughty boy Sidharth (Malhotra), the legendary entertainer Rishi Kapoor, cool guy Rajat Kapoor sir and my easygoing maa, Ratnaji (Ratna Pathak Shah). Acting can sometimes feel like 9 to 5 job but in this case, it’s been a blast.”
He also joked that although he works less and parties more, he doesn’t receive many invites. “I wouldn’t know if they are the wildest Bollywood parties but you could definitely describe Karan Johar’s house as Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in Mumbai! But I wouldn’t know what to compare it with because I haven’t been invited to any other parties. Nobody calls me,” he said looking forward to his third Bollywood outing “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” with Karan as the director.
The actor is almost done with the shoot in India and will be returning home soon to start working on his upcoming Pakistani project, Albela Rahi .
Albela Rahi a biopic on the legendary Urdu pop singer Alamgir with Fawad playing the 61-year-old musician. Alamgir was born in East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, into a Bengali family. His father Farmuzal Haq was a politician with the All India Muslim League and at 15, they moved to Karachi before Alamgir immigrated to the US.
“I’ve visited Dhaka and love the vibe. But the film will be shot in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan, where Bangladesh will be re-created. We are cheating the locations,” he informs excitedly.
Balancing careers in India and Pakistan have made him a star on both sides of the border, he admitted, optimistic that like his TV shows, his Pakistani films too will work in India as successfully as they do in other parts of the globe.
“The only downside about working in India is that I am away from my son (Ayaan) and wife (Sadaf),” sighed the squeaky clean, family man, who never loses his cool or gets embroiled in controversies.
Praising his bond with his wife Sadaf, he said: “I share a strong bond with my wife. No one else was willing to put up with me once and that’s the truth.”
He married his childhood sweetheart in 2005 after eight years of courtship.
Fawad has collaborated on screenplays back home and at some point, aspires to become a director. “Not immediately, though, I’d like to study the craft first in different parts of the world,” says the actor, who refuses to be a prop, but for the moment would let those making the film do their job. “If it works they take the credit, if it doesn’t, they take the flak.”
His Humsafar co-star Mahira Khan is in Mumbai filming her debut Bollywood outing Raees alongside megastar Shah Rukh Khan. Have Fawad and Mahira caught up? “We did meet once last year in Mumbai. But our schedules are tight now. She’s a busy person shooting a big film. Badi star ke paas, hum jaise chhote logon ke liye time nahin hoga,” he quipped and signed off with a laugh.
Source: Mumbai Mirror