- 16 Oct - 22 Oct, 2021
Becks Khan - Out to conquer!
- 31 Jul - 06 Aug, 2021
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From playing significant roles in dramas like Mere Baba Ki Ounchi Haveli, Muthi Bhar Chahat, and Gustakh to starring alongside Zahid Ahmed in a recently released short film 2 Sey 5 and then trying her hand in music with her own original song, Bakhtawar Khan AKA Becks Khan has made her presence felt in showbiz. In conversation with MAG, she opens up on how destiny has had a huge role to play in her journey in showbiz, her love for music and much more. Excerpts:
You started your acting career only recently, can you tell us about how you got into acting?
I used to VJ for a music channel and that’s where I was spotted by Big Bang Production and was offered my first acting role.
You’ve studied music in college and you also have an original song to your credit. What sparked your interest in music?
I started singing at the age of 14. I have always been interested in music, be it in writing or singing. It’s a form of self expression and even catharsis. I am not sure how exactly my passion for it came to be but it has always spoken to me in a way that others couldn’t understand. It feels like a personal friend.
Apart from singing and acting you’ve also tried your hand at hosting. Which one of the three did you enjoy doing the most?
To be honest, I loved it when I would host. Music, as I stated earlier, is so me and how I express myself, but acting is where I get to play different characters. So no, I don’t think I can pick one at the moment.
What do you think it takes to be a good actor?
You know how they say that being a little too graphic about your feelings and emotions in public isn’t the best trait for a person? That could not be further from the truth for actors. As an actor, you cannot be timorous about emotions because that is basically the death of a good actor. You must remain vulnerable and keep your emotions on the surface so that you can easily access them.
What kind of roles would you like to perform in your future projects?
I would love to do character roles where there is margin for one to really exercise their full potential.
What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?
The most challenging aspect of bringing a script to life would be feeling the character, only then you can do justice to it.
Every industry, including the entertainment industry, is full of competition; what do you do to stand out amidst competition?
I honestly don’t do anything to stand out amidst competition. I just give my 100 per cent to my work and let the viewers decide what they like.
Actors are people of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring good to a huge number of people, what would that be?
I would like to voice and educate people about Islamophobia in the West and how misunderstood us Muslims have become all overthe world.
What is some advice that you would give to someone aspiring to step into the field of entertainment in general?
Don’t let people change you. Each and everyone of us is talented in our own unique way and that’s what makes us different. Stand strong and your time shall come.
Tell us about your most recent and upcoming projects?
I recently did a short film with Najaf Bilgrami for Digestive Showtime and in between, I’m launching my own show.
Rapid but fiery
What do you first notice about someone when you meet them?
The way they communicate.
If you could make a documentary about anything what would it be?
Makeup, because that’s what I love.
Television show you’ve binged on recently?
Trend you would like to see disappear forever?
Dresses worn over jeans.
Favourite fashion trend of all time?
Extra large T-shirts with joggers!
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Binge watching Netflix and eating pizza.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
What’s your favourite beverage?
What’s heavily played on your music playlist right now?
Fire on Fire by Sam Smith.
• Coordination: Umer Mushtaq
• Styling: On Fleek
• Hair & Makeup: Nabila Salon
• Photography: Yasser Sadiq
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