After having done many advertisements for reputed companies like Coke, Airtel, Whirlpool, Peter England, Uninor, ESPN and many more, Tollywood Hero Shoaib Khan made his debut in the Bengali Film Industry with his film Knockout. Hailed as the first Khan of Tollywood, Shoaib expressed his ideas on acting and his future plans in a candid chat session with Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Hi, Shoaib! Please tell us something about your background and your formative years…..
Shoaib Khan – I am basically from Uttar Pradesh. My father is an advocate by profession and he is very much into politics as well. I have completed my studies- B.D.S from Delhi and I am a dentist. No one in my family has ever entered the world of entertainment before. I have entered this field after a stint in modeling. As I have no godfather in the industry I am taking small steps at a time.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You are hailed as the first Khan of Tollywood. How does this tag feel? Does it create more pressure on your performance?
Shoaib Khan– Yeah it really does feel special and also creates a lot of pressure on you. Like the Khans of Bollywood, they are brand names and hence they have a lot of pressure on them.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What criteria do you look for while saying yes to a role in a movie?
Shoaib Khan– When I select a role I see to it so that the common people can relate with the character. They will be able to see themselves through the character I portray. I also want to send out a message to people with the roles that I am doing. So many eyes will be watching me when I do a role. Hence I want to do a good role always.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Who is your role model?
Shoaib Khan– Aamir khan
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Do you have any dream role? If so what is the role?
Shoaib Khan– The role of the teacher that Aamir Khan played in the film Taare Zameen Par. It was really an inspiring character for others and helped to highlight the fact that kids are really the gifts from God and we should treat them as little angles no matter what.. !!
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Had you not become an actor, would you have continued with the profession of a dentist?
Shoaib Khan-Yeah definitely, I would continue as dentist. I love to see a smile on everybody’s face. So if I was not entertaining them and making them laugh, I would have surely tried to remove the pain and bring a smile on their faces.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What attracted you to the world of acting and cinema?
Shoaib Khan– I chose acting as a career choice simply because for those two hours when people are watching me on the screens I will be in full control of their emotions. I will be able to bring a smile on their faces and also reduce the stress from their lives. This is a great achievement and the feeling is just awesome.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Your grandfather was a Bengali. Has that affected your decision to join Bengali films?
Shoaib Khan– Yeah of-course this had a great influence. He was very much attached to Bengal and he always told me various things about Bengal-the culture, how lovable the people of Bengal are. Bengal always fascinated me and I really wanted to come here and enjoy the city of joy. After living here for almost 2 years now I really came to understand the emotions attached to my grandfather’s words. I love being here and I am thankful for the really warm welcome and love that the people here have showed me with.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You started your work with Rajib Chatterjee’s Bengali Film Knockout. How much has that experience helped you in your acting career?
Shoaib Khan– Oh yes it has helped me a lot in developing my acting skills. Knockout was a great experience.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Which directors do you want to work with in Tollywood?
Shoaib Khan– I would like to work with Sujit Sarkar, Raj Chakraborty and Rajib. Apart from that there are many other talented directors as well with whom I really want to work with.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What is your next movie? Can you share some details about the role?
Shoaib Khan– My next movie is “Gang Star King” and my name in this movie is Prem. The character is similar to Robin Hood and it is a completely different story when compared to Knockout. This film has more action and lots of emotions and I really loved the role.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Where do you see yourself in the next four-five years?
Shoaib Khan– I am doing my best and am giving my 100% towards acting. I want to see myself among the best actors in the industry. The rest depends on my audiences and where they would like to see me in the coming years.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– You have quite a lot of female fans. How do you handle the adulation?
Shoaib Khan– I am thankful and grateful to them and I would always take great care to ensure that their care and love for me keeps increasing.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– What kind of movies will you like to do in future?
Shoaib Khan– I am an actor and as an actor I would like to do all kinds of roles- action, comedy, romantic, emotional etc. However I would like to do mainly inspirational and motivational roles.
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– Are there any plans of doing Bollywood films? Have you being offered any?
Shoaib Khan-Yes I have received 2-3 offers from Bollywood but right now my complete focus is on Tollywood only. I love to stay in Kolkata and also the people in this city. I want to contribute in my own way to the cinema of Bengal. Bollywood already has a lot of Khans. So let me stay here as the only Khan in the Bengali film industry.
Shoaib Khan who stepped into the Bnegali Film Industry with the Kolkata Bengali Movie Knock Out seems to be all determined to rule the industry as the Mighty Khan and we wish him The Very Best for his Future Endeavors !!
Interviewer: Priyanka Dutta
Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.