I was bullied in school, says Fawad Khan

Published: October 12, 2015
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Actor made shocking confessions in Look Who’s Talking with Niranjan.
PHOTO: FASHIONCENTRAL.PK

Actor made shocking confessions in Look Who’s Talking with Niranjan. PHOTO: FASHIONCENTRAL.PK

Did you know Fawad Khan was picked on in school? And would you believe he studied software engineering? Well, it’s all true.

The usually reserved actor opened up on Indian TV show Look Who’s Talking with Niranjan, disclosing many details about his college days and early career — including a shocking revelation that he’s not always been Mr. Popular.

“I was picked on and I was bullied in school. Now I look at it in a very funny way, I studied in an American school and the idea of brown and white people just didn’t mix too well, I think,” he explained.

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But it wasn’t his size that got him bullied. In fact, according to him, he had an athletic built in school and participated in sports. “I was kind of bullied that way as well, and also because I was the quiet one in the class. I don’t like confrontation, I avoid it. I hate arguments,” he added.

Fawad also confessed to not being the brightest bulb in school. “I actually don’t know what I was doing in school. I think I daydreamed and slept my way through classes,” said Fawad.

While studies may not have been his strong suit, his love for cartoons kept him preoccupied and they still do. “I was a very big cartoon fan. I still am. I love watching cartoons in my spare time with my son,” said the actor.

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Fawad studied software engineering, and recalls his time in college as the “four most miserable academic years of my life”. However, that period was also a blessing in disguise because that’s when he met his EP bandmates and ventured into acting and music.

“I was bunking classes and working in a sitcom,” divulged the actor. “And then we started an underground band. By the time I graduated I was a C grade student… but I have no regrets about that,” said the actor with a smile.

Mujhay nawkri nahi mil rahi thi (I couldn’t find a job), and I had no other way of making money, so I became an actor,” he said

He clarified that this does not mean he doesn’t put his heart into acting. “If I’m doing something then I might as well do it right. I tried a 9-5 job, and I couldn’t do it. So I sat down with my wife and for the first time I was honest with my father and told him there was no way forward, and he said do what you think is right,” said Fawad.

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He also revealed that his favourite Kapoor in Bollywood is Rishi Kapoor. “As a kid back home in Pakistan, I did not have access to films so I used to rent VHS tapes and watch movies of Rishi Kapoor. Hence, today I am more than thrilled to work with him,” Fawad said.

The Pakistani actor who made his Bollywood debut with Khoobsurat never really thought he was an attractive man. “I’m probably better looking than the average person, but not beyond that. I guess that’s what keeps me in check.”

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Reader Comments (16)

  • whatever
    Oct 13, 2015 - 3:10PM

    thanks god you didn’t go school in Gujarat else every Modi basher had a field day today.Recommend

  • Salman Ali
    Oct 13, 2015 - 3:17PM

    How in the world would someone be Rishi Kapoor’s fan? I doubt even if his own son has ever sat through his entire film.Recommend

  • Fawad khan
    Oct 13, 2015 - 4:00PM

    Looks like he is quite a down to earth person. Unlike many of our superstars. Wish you all the luck my humnaam.Recommend

  • browser
    Oct 13, 2015 - 6:17PM

    HAHAHAHA Salman.
    Brilliant comment, and even funnier cause its true.

    Fawad bhai just trying to be nice to uncle Rishi.Recommend

  • Milind
    Oct 13, 2015 - 7:56PM

    @Salman Ali – … Kinda agree. But you’re being too harshRecommend

  • Ali
    Oct 13, 2015 - 8:40PM

    Thank you for coming out honestly on this. I was terribly bullied at school too and it had an everlasting effect on my personality. I was so scared that I could not even tell my parents about it. It has been 11 years but my confidence has never returned. Recommend

  • WD-40
    Oct 13, 2015 - 8:57PM

    I hope they only bullied you …nothing else !!??!!Recommend

  • Wallis
    Oct 13, 2015 - 10:31PM

    It surprising that he studied “Software Engineering” in Univ and couldn’t find a job?Recommend

  • Oct 13, 2015 - 11:39PM

    FYI,he did his schooling from Kasur.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Oct 14, 2015 - 6:31AM

    @Salman Ali: What’s wrong with Rishi Kapoor ? He always seems to have a pleasant disposition.Recommend

  • Agha
    Oct 14, 2015 - 9:49AM

    @Ali:
    That is so true. I went through the same and my confidence and self esteem has suffered. I dislike social situations so much that i avoid as much as i can. Recommend

  • ehsan
    Oct 14, 2015 - 9:50AM

    There are bullying victims everywhere and Pakistan is no different.I myself have been a victim of constant bullying for several years during my school life. It still has an effect on me to this day in my adult life.

    Bullying is disgusting and sad and has long term implications on the victims. It should never be ignored. The bullies should understand they are ruining someone elses life and they will be cursed and may never be forgiven by the victim.

    SAY NO TO BULLYINGRecommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 14, 2015 - 5:36PM

    @Wallis:
    Even with a degree in s/w engineering Muslims have a hard time finding worthwhile jobs. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 14, 2015 - 5:40PM

    Rishi Kapoor movies were basically fillers between Amitabh Bachchan movies. The producers didn’t care how long they ran as long as they filled the gap. He didn’t demand a high fee and his movies were generally completed on a modest budget mostly with new or Grade B heroines.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 14, 2015 - 5:43PM

    I like his candor. It is not looks that captivates people, it is the way he presents himself. He is a very classy guy.Recommend

  • Riz Ahmed- London
    Oct 15, 2015 - 3:34AM

    Watching this TV interview was interesting to know that Pakistan’s present pretty boy Fawad Khan waited a year for a chance to be on the Reluctant Fundamentalist he claims he put his career on hold but never got a call from my friend Mira Nair. as far as I know he was never in the running I know Ali Zafar was being considered before me but Meesha Shafi felt he was too pretty for the role and his acting skills were mediocre! Coming back to Fawad Khan now that he is a big star and refuses to do intimate scenes unlike me which I did with Kate Hudson he says he is playing to his fan base and they do not require such scenes I feel that is a typical cope-out what if he does an international film that requires total nudity as part of the story..what then Mr. Fawad Khan? your fake modesty can only take you so far if you want to be a serious actor like me you must accept the role because you are a professional actor not a TV actor trying to break on the big screen!Recommend

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