An inspiring interview with the handsome charming sophisticated London based model, FarhanKhan (Mr Commonwealth Pakistan 2016). His views perhaps are way deeper than what we may expect from a model and if looks could deceive he has what it takes.
So Farhan, first of all have a bundle of congratulations for being a part of Commonwealth pageant representing your country, although the results were sound a bit harsh and unjustified but you did well. How would you like to describe?
Well, I learned a lot during that how pageants actually work like, I did not win but still I feel proud to represent my country which itself is an honour to me. Judges were the authority to decide whom they wish to represent commonwealth countries as ambassador and what they wanted to achieve from it. They did what they felt is better, although I would like to point out that both other contestants breaches a term of the contest during their walks by wearing inappropriate clothing as was described in the guidelines, does and don’ts but still if judges believed they would find that a winner so I would rather not comment about that.
How would you describe yourself in a few words?
In my whole life perhaps my mom could not understand me so how come I would? In general, I am cheerful, well mannered, civilized, humble, creative, friendly, helpful and not serious and at the other side very deep, serious, moody, impulsive, a wildly insatiable horse in head who keeps his words. J
How long have you been a model? How did you get into modeling?
At the age of 19 during my college days I was asked by a photographer to be part of his blog for teenage fashion, so started from there let say! I even took a short break to focus on my studies and once again decided to be a part of this glittering world of glamour 3 years ago when I was published all over the world for the international campaign for my own university 5 consecutive times in same booklet and even at present my photos are used in their banners, brochures and pamphlets and then I had immense encouragement from my university friends and family. Thereafter during some events I was spotted my fashion photographers, they showed interest in working with me. I was offered few shows and this is how I got the opportunity to walk on the runway for the first time in my life, it was London Fashion Week.
What does modelling mean to you?
I am naturally a social soul, you can call me ‘Casper – the friendly ghost’ and this industry was always ready to introduce me to new beautiful faces and talented people from all over the world, this quenched my thirst to learn new languages, and realise a moral dream of removing the differences among people from everywhere. Since childhood the art was somewhere inside me and I used to draw a lot, with no lessons or learning, and this even turned me into a photographer as well and I always find it fascinating to do or be a part of artistic things whether its fine arts or performing arts, almost everything and the glamour industry really gave me chance to be with similar minds who are visionary and want to do something amazing. I’m not after just photos where I look a charmer, a lady killer or gangster but I am always up for new ideas which involve something new and creative. I like work that reflects my inner self and that is why I have recently acted in negative role and have taken part in some photography projects with deep ideas having social sides and outcomes instead of just glamour.
You look very different in all your photos many times like Mexican, Italian and even you have some hint of Arab looks as well. What is the reason, and what is your actual ethnicity?
Well I am Pakistani…no idea why my looks make one guess my ethnic background from all over but maybe it’s just lights and camera play the trick. My paternal family is Pathan while maternal family are Rajputs, my Grandmom was also a Rajput so may be it reflects on my face but its just a ‘maybe’ nothing else…
I think it’s because we all humans are siblings of the same father Prophet Adam (may peace be upon him) so similarities are there somewhere. I wish people think this way and we all love each other like family instead of wars.
What kind movies do you like?
I rarely watch movies, am very selective with that but usually I like suspense, thrillers and art movies
Would you prefer to act in movies? What about Bollywood since you belong to Pakistan, and you also share the second name of ‘Bollywood Khans’?
I have acted in some conceptual short films containing some depth of ideas, social issues like domestic violence, extremism, I like unique ideas, I already mentioned I am very selective with movies. Their movies usually are inspired of movies from other parts of the world and I do not like to see a prototype or copied idea. Those are formula movies very commercialized and money oriented and to me they are not really serving art being industry although they still have few great actors in their area .. but what they produce is so not my thing as beside having few great actors no doubt, still they are not serving art as they follow formula style of hero heroin similar style or pirated ideas with songs people dancing on roads which never made any sense to me….but with good concepts why not…as I am not after money in this industry, all I care is my collar and my respect so for good descent roles I am always up whoever asks me for as its work at the end of the day so it depends what am I being offered..Khans of Bollywood I have watched in some movies and yes they are doing well specially SRK but still am more into art of acting not heroism…am more impressed with Johnny Depp, Antonio Banderas or let say in Bollywood I like Manoj Bajpai more. I am Khan but does not mean I am having this word inspired from Bollywood. I belong to the Pathan dynasty and it’s my original caste its my blood that boils and makes me Khan not just a name.
What’s your next goal?
I really wish I can capitalize all what I have in me, and implement all my ideas to my life, to the world….millions of dreams but….Okay let’s talk about a goal…so for now I am just willing to gain more name and then use my name for building my own empire and utilize the name and empire both for the sake of humanity and peace…may ALLAH help me in this noble cause.
Okay today we would like you to share your views about other aspects of your life, your vision and something which may put some light on your personality…
So, what is happiness to you, what makes you happy?
Happiness cannot be defined with just one word, it’s actually very situational and we all act differently from each other and in different situations. Sometimes we achieve all that we want but we achieve in a way that we feel its too late or we should have never achieved it, and it cannot really make us happy, but sometimes we just find few pennies inside the pocket of an old jacket in the wardrobe and it makes us happy or at least makes us laugh and makes us forget anything else for a moment. I personally feel very relaxed and soothing after helping someone who is in need, seeing their face and finding peace there makes me calm.
Do you believe in Love? Have you loved someone?
Do I really have to believe in love? Let’s say maybe this chapter is not in my life, my answer to this question can be controversial or may reveal some deep covered faces so…for a gentle reason I would say…World was formed by God zillions of years ago, but historically we only found few true stories of love…like Romeo Juliette and few others… Why not there is same number of love stories as the number of people? This shows love is surely not for everyone. I learnt that it’s only a one sided thing…One person falls in love and other only responds if he wants to, even in two sides love stories one person is always more giving and true in his feelings…other appreciates otherwise the first one is just left with nothing… One person keeps loving and other keeps enjoying it to fulfil his/her thirst of being loved or let’s openly say lust….yes I love too… I love animals…They do not know what is love, we chose to love them based upon their colour, breed, size or qualities, and those innocent creatures die with us but do not leave us…they cannot pay back but they stay…they neither get confused…nor use distance and confusion as lame excuse to move on to another owner…they are very clear …we humans should learn from them…they simply do not change the owner because of money, success, luxuries or even lust like we humans change partners…so what is love? It’s nothing…It’s when we like someone to an extreme extent we call it love…and when dislike we call it hate..Animals and Kids are better humans… They are pure and honest.
Well this question can be best answered by my friends as usually I never plan weekends and go with the flow, whatever they plan…otherwise I am normally very busy whole week due to my job, and my many activities so prefer to be home on weekends.
Well Farhan, I would like to mention you are among very few people I really wish to listen more to, your conversation is really binding and your expressions are showing how true you are inside…Here something we would like to know about your likes dislikes or let say some facts about you.So
Tell us about family..Do you have a nick name?
Well I am the eldest of my siblings, in both maternal and paternal trees of the family am the first kid from both sides, so for all young ones, cousins I am a “Bhayya”means elder brother, and for that reason many other call me same including our servants some even call me Lala as its rural tribal style of calling a brother with affection in Pathan way. My papa and cousin sisters call me ‘Farry’ as to them I am still a fat baby boy they use to play with like a doll. 😀
But Khan, we heard another word spread among people something to do with 007, James Bond?
With a loud laughter Farhan replied, “Seriously?? Well this all started by a joke made by a friend of mine. I was always fond of reading novels and other books and honestly have read thousands of books. Spy literature and mystery were my favourite subjects and have read almost all books by Ian Fleming, Agatha Christy…and some more well-known names of the same area in English and Urdu and even have enjoyed translations from other parts of the world…I always used to dress well and suits were always my favourite thing…Guns always I attracted me being a Khan… years back I had a shoot when I was wearing a suit inside a swimming pool, a close university friend of mine commented under it… ‘always knew one day you will become a secret agent Mr. Bond…’ and my other friends liked it and even then other pics in suits they found similarities from god knows where and then it started and they in real started calling me ‘Bond’, …Since I personally was in love with that character so I never mind and really enjoyed being called 007 and sometimes for fun reasons if one asks my name I say.. Bond.. After Bond..008 :D”
Well, You shown your love for spy literature, what would you do if offered a role in a movie in similar capacity?
Oh My God! You just made my day saying this! Why Not! I will immediately accept it with ‘pleasure all mine’ as it will be an honour for any actor to have such offer. It’s a very masculine worldwide recognized character many great names played so being a part of that tremendous serious of extra ordinary gentleman, why not !
So Mr. Bond….Since 007 is the name of dashing personality, charming masculine look with very descent classy dressing… How about your wardrobe, what we may find in that?
Same 007 stuff I can bet 😀 so many Suits, So many classy ties and my big collection of cufflinks… Collection of perfumes especially my addiction ‘IcheMiake – Blue limited’, Shoes with matching belts and if you go back home then in that wardrobe you may find my silver gun as well 🙂
What can you do many times in a day without getting bored or annoyed?
I can take tea anytime all the time and actually dive into a sea filled with tea..
What things you cannot live without?
Since my early ages around 3, I have been a fish keeping addict so can’t really live a long time without having a fish tank closer & also my cell phone has my almost everything connected so yes it’s also what I always need near me to stay inside the world.
What drinks do you like?
Fruit Juices, Milkshakes, Mocktails(nothing alcoholic).
Do you smoke?
I love cigars and I definitely look more masculine and strong with cigar in my hand 😀
What sports do you like or play?
I play cricket for clubs, and am a gym person once was even a title holder and in my university days I was always among top three muscle hunks and was very known for it.
What food you usually prefer?
I am very moody and more into traditional Pakistani food, but still am up for anything yummy specially the sweet dishes…I like Biryani, Paey, Pizza, Friend Rice, Shawarma, Nihari, Kebabs and loads but anything really what I feel like.
You sound like a big time food lover…how you keep such sexy muscles. ?
Now you are making me blush 😀 I never really care hahaha I eat what I want and as much as I want.I do workout and will give credit to some of my senior gym friends and my coach back home who learnt it from some very well-known international names, who taught me well how to handle my own body, but let me tell you I really do not work out for my abs so it’s just something god gifted .
How do you treat the others….models…other colleagues at work…and people in general?
I am Khan, so helping people, strong long time loyal friendship and hospitality is in my blood. I really can’t see anyone in pain and am always up to help any needy person, especially friends. My doors are always open for my friends and some even wake me up in the midnight when they find no other option left. I feel proud they trust me that way. It comes from my dad who once told me that help everyone who asks for it, as in millions of people in the world if he has asked you for it, its ALLAH who gave him the hint that you are solution to his problem, this is how ALLAH also examines you showing His trust so call it blessing of God upon you and serve them. I treat people with respectful and humble behavior, and I am proud that I have introduced few people to different industries including showbiz and they clicked. I am proud my helping hand always works well for others. I love having guests visiting me anytime no matter what.
Would you like to say something to readers?
I have one message for youngsters, I do not know if I am an icon to you guys but if you really find me inspiring then do not just fall for my looks, glamour or model status, but also learn how educated I am which actually is the biggest reason behind who and what I am today and never stop your progress and educating yourself no matter what. God bless you all.