Fawad Khan leaves India after threats2,283 views
MUMBAI: In the wake of mounting pressure from hardline Hindu extremist groups against Pakistani artists, Pakistani star Fawad Khan has left India and apparently has no plans to return soon, reports said.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had threatened to beat up Pakistani actors if they didn’t leave India by September 25.
According to Times of India, Fawad, who is looking forward to the release of his next – Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,’ has flown to Pakistan. Fawad was on the top of the list of Pakistani actors, who were issued threats to leave India.
Karan Johar, in a statement given earlier, had already made it clear that Fawad won’t be part of the film’s promotions.
The film workers association of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday had set a 48-hour deadline for all Pakistani artists working currently in India to leave the country amid rising tension between the nuclear-armed neighbouring countries.
“We gave a 48-hour deadline to Pakistani actors and artists to leave India or MNS will push them out,” said Amey Khopkar of the MNS Chitrapat Sena.
Amey Khopkar even threatened to beat up Pakistani artists and all those who cast them in their Indian productions.
“Pakistani artists will be beaten up and so will the producers and directors,” he added.
Pakistani artists including noted gazal singer Ghulam Ali, have a history of being threatened in India by varying conservative groups, mainly political.
In the past, Shiv Sena had also forced Ghulam Ali to cancel his performance in Mumbai. They also threatened to launch a stir against a cricket match between India and Pakistan during the T20 World Cup.
Fawad Khan is a film and television actor, singer and model. Khan has established himself as a critically and commercially acclaimed actor in not only the Pakistani television and film industry but across the border in India as well.
Khan rose to prominence in the Pakistani movie Khuda Kay Liye released in 2007, and later as a lead actor in TV shows Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai, for that he won Best Actor Awards at the Lux Style Awards. In 2014, Khan made his Bollywood debut in a romantic comedy film Khoobsurat and received Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. His latest success is the Bollywood block buster Kapoor And Sons!
Khan was born on 29 November 1981 in Karachi to a family originally based in Lahore. He spent earlier years of his life abroad. Khan, as his father’s job required, lived in Athens, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Riyadh and then went to Manchester during the Gulf War, moving back to Lahore. He has lived in Lahore since the age of 13. He could play the guitar, bass and drums all when he was only 20. He put his voice to use as the lead singer of the band Entity Paradigm. Khan obtained his A-levels from Lahore Grammar School Lahore and went on to complete his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore. His first acting performance was amateur acting in a Theatre play called Spartacus during A-level in 1999.
Khan married Sadaf Aftab on 12 November 2005 in an Islamic Wedding Ceremony after a courtship of 8 years. He has a son Aayaan from her. Khan, in collaboration with his wife, established a clothing brand called SILK by Fawad Khan, the debut collection was launched in August 2012 at Lahore.
Khan, developed Diabetes mellitus type 1 at the age of 17 after he met an accident that damaged his pancreas.