His debut Bollywood film Khoobsurat features quite a few fudged kissing scenes and Fawad Khan, the Hindi film industry's new entrant from across the border, says he refuses to do intimate scenes as he doesn't want to hurt the sentiments of his core audience.
He is seen as one of the most romantic hero in Pakistan, and
interestingly has earned the reputation without getting intimate in
front of the camera. In Khoobsurat he is seen romancing
Bollywood style icon Sonam Kapoor.
When asked did you refuse to kiss in Khoobsurat because
of the cultural and moral embargo in Pakistan, he said, "I didn't
want to hurt the sentiments of my core audience. The audience that
has got me where I am. I think I need to respect their
"A lot of my audience would be quite offended if I suddenly
started losing all my inhibitions. I just want to prepare the
audience for a gradual change."
So you'll kiss in the future?
"You never know. I never say never. I'd rather walk the
unpredictable path. Besides, I'd never like to throw in something
titillating just to spike and spice up a film," said the actor who
became a sensation back home post featuring in TV shows
Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai.
Tell him that a kiss in Khoobsurat where two people in
love express their feelings is quite natural, he said, "I agree.
But what I learnt from doing the two popular Pakistani serials
'Zindagi Gulzar Hai' and 'Humsafar' is that
audiences appreciate a romantic moment without physical
"There was not a touch or a hug anywhere in either series. And yet audiences loved my chemistry with my co-stars (Mahira Khan and Sanam Saeed). I kind of like the idea of virgin romance to just show the couple's feelings through words and gestures and then leave the rest to the audiences' imagination," he said.