Before he became a heartthrob for his performance as Ashar in Humsafar; before he became the front man of Pakistan’s first nu metal band, Entity Paradigm (EP) and before he went to India to costar with Sonam Kapoor in Khoobsurat, Fawad Khan made his television debut playing the role of a bumbling spy, Bond in the sitcom Jutt & Bond in December 2001.
Khan is seen with his former band member and co-star Ahmed Ali Butt (L) and Zain Ahmed (R) on the sets of the sitcom Jutt & Bond.
Fourteen years back, the show not only became an instant hit with the masses because of its colloquial humour but also because of its opening theme song Hamein Azma performed by the band Entity Paradigm (EP). Entity and Paradigm were two separate rock bands in Lahore’s underground music scene and it was the producers of the show who suggested that the two bands collaborate with each other to do a title track for the show the video for which was directed by Zain Ahmed.
Fawad Khan eventually left the band to pursue an acting career, whilst Ahmed Ali Butt continues working as an on-and-off TV host, most recently last hosting music reality show Cornetto Music Icons. Time has lapsed so much that Zain Ahmed has now become a faculty member and artistic director at National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) teaching students the same age he is in this picture.
This picture is not only a throwback to the thriving days of Pakistani music scene but also serves as a reminder how Ahmed Ali Butt still looks the same, minus the mole.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2014.