Actor Fahman Khan moved to Mumbai from Bangalore in 2014 and started auditioning for acting projects. Today, he is one of the leading men of TV with a loyal fan base. However, he admitted that fame has not shied off his shoulders. “I’ve paid my dues for so long,” he says. He was never lured by fame but “the art of acting attracted him to the profession”.
Khan’s first show was Kya Qasoor Hai Amala Ka? However, debuting in his kitty is quite the story for Khan. “There was a waiting period of eight months for that show to start. At that time I was living in a house with 17 people. It was 2.5BHK in Santa Cruz and accommodated 17 people. Even the sugar had to be locked in the cupboard,” he recalls. After shooting the pilot and waiting for four months, Khan dropped the project like a hot potato. “It was a morally depressing time. You think you’re so bad that people have to change you. I couldn’t talk to anyone. I started auditioning again, but my mental health wasn’t good. ”
Luck came into Khan’s clutches. He was again offered the show with an increased fee. The show brought him a lot of fame and little airplay. “I thought I should lead now. I increased my budget as well. (But) I didn’t understand the rules of TV. After that I didn’t work for eight months. People kept calling me and I kept saying no. Then the name died. Suddenly, I realized that no one is calling me now, I am not getting any work,” he shared.
One of the shows that he remembers refusing, which he believes was his folly, was Isha Subhan Allah. “[That]was a show I rejected, it was stupid of me to do that.” Had he refused it for monetary reasons and he admits, “Yeah, imagine. Looking back on it, I think it helped me understand how to hold my head high. Maybe if I had accepted it, I would have had a hit, success would have gone to my head and I would have screwed up a lot of other things.
In his nearly decade-long journey, Khan has met a wide variety of people, some even trying to lay hands on him. “I have modeled in my life… I have been with designers, people who are like that. I know people who are very open about it (their sexuality) and very cool about it. I have also met people who are pleasant and they make you uncomfortable. Early in his career, Khan met a casting director who was taking names of popular actors and what they had to do to get work (alluding to the casting couch). “I understood what he wanted. So I asked him at the end, ‘Tell me what you want’. He told me and I said, ‘Okay, thank you. I respect you and respect that You are so forthright but I am not that kind of person’. I started to move out and the man immediately came from behind and grabbed me. He hugged me very uncomfortably. So I pushed him. He said that he The police were called on me. I told him that it will take 15 minutes for the police to come here and in the next 15 minutes, if you touch me again, I will kick your head.
However, Khan refers to these poachers as the “outer ring” of the industry. “These are not real people who are working in this industry, who are doing well in this industry. The inner circle is quite professional,” he concludes.