Grandson of superstar of yore Madam Nisho and offspring of film and television veterans Afzal Khan and Sahiba, upcoming actor, model and social media influencer Ahsan Afzal Khan is an amazing blend of contemporary grace and uber-coolness. Carrying a legacy spanning generations on his young shoulders, Ahsan has been trying to make a mark through his social feeds, stories and television serials, delivering an expansive range of versatility in varied avatars – be it dancing, singing, acting, modelling or comic skits, his confident portrayals resonate well with young people.
With a bachelor’s degree in economics from LUMS, Ahsan aims to continue his studies. In showbiz, he intends to win over the industry as a comedy hero. After a number of brand shoots, TV commercials and the short story music video ‘Pehli Muhabbat’, he has made the transition to television and made his debut with Heer Da Hero which has helped him comprehend the nuances and subtleties of acting.
With all his vigour and energy, Ahsan is all set to surprise audiences with his upcoming projects.
Us: What does success mean to you?
Ahsan Afzal Khan: Being able to create massive impact from my work, and that I reach a stage where I generate employment for others. In the showbiz industry, I want to work hard to achieve modest success.
Us: What is something you learned early on in your career which helped you become a better actor?
AAK: You really need to get involved in your scenes and bring in your own punch by recognising your strengths and weaknesses to play them well.
Us: What is the most challenging thing about this career?
AAK: Being patient.
Us: Did you get any formal education for this career? How did you learn the craft of acting?
AAK: Not formally, but I learned it from my father and followed advice of most of his co-actors who are veterans of our showbiz industry. For newcomers, you should first learn the basics through YouTube or any formal training, then observe and bring in your distinctive styles to it.
Us: Who are some of your role model actors and actresses, and what do you like about their work?
AAK: Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Hrithik Roshan. I like the way they are extremely invested in their work and haven’t made their good looks their entire personality.
Us: Out of your projects, which one is the most meaningful to you, and why?
AAK: It is yet to come. I am playing a student and aspiring journalist in an upcoming series, and I am really looking forward to it.
Us: Do you believe good looks and connections are the only things that make a star?
AAK: No. Though both are important, the audience will eventually reject you if you don’t have talent and intelligence.
Us: How has social media changed things for you?
AAK: It has helped me create a perception of mine to some extent.
Us: How do you deal with self-doubt?
AAK: I never doubt myself. I understand that people are like fingerprints: unique, and that all of us have our own strengths and weaknesses.
Us: Please share three pieces of advice for aspiring actors.
AAK: Be clear what kind of actor you aim to be, work on that and learn beyond just acting; be creative.
Date of birth and zodiac sign
14 July, Cancer.
The best thing about being a teenager was
You had time to explore yourself.
The worst thing about being a teenager was
You thought you had too much time.
I was always listening to
Lane 8, Weeknd, Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali.
My favourite actors were
Christian Bale and Shahrukh Khan.
My favourite singers were
Ali Zafar, Ali Sethi, and Javed Bashir.
My favourite superhero was
My favourite movies were
Fight Club, Good Will Hunting, and Before Sunrise.
My favourite book was
The Freakonomics series by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.
My closet was full of
What used to hurt me the most was
I wish I had known then
[That you should] invest more in your hobbies and passions.
Relations with family were
My favourite subject was
My least favourite subject was
I couldn’t stand
My favourite food was
Beef burger, steaks, nihari, karahi, BBQ … don’t know where to stop.
My favourite hangout
Playing FIFA with the boys.
My favourite sport was
Five things I couldn’t live without
Family, friends, food, gym and water.