Shayan Khan, an actor, and producer who was born in Pakistan, recently spoke about his current film. In addition, he spoke at length on many issues plaguing the Pakistani film business, such as nepotism and government censorship.
Money Back Guarantee is a comedy starring Wasim Akram, Fawad Khan, and Mikaal Zulfiqar about a diverse group of people who have had enough of the wealthy taking advantage of them. Khan claims the video is not anti-government but rather a critique of authoritarianism and inequity. In addition to being the first Pakistani film to be released in Sri Lanka, he praised it for having some really amusing moments.
Shayan Khan has discussed his character in the film, Ilyas Kashmiri, revealing that he portrays a man who has never been to Kashmir but is very committed to freedom. Kashmiri doesn’t need the money, but he hangs out with the wrong crowd, so he’s kind of a misfit in the group.
Shayan Khan added his two cents to the debate around Javed Akhtar’s controversial trip to Lahore. He remarked that animosity across the border can cause people to misunderstand each other. He emphasized his preference for making love rather than fighting.
“I am not very familiar with what has happened,” Shayan Khan said. I think I read part of it, but words may be taken out of context when hatred is being fostered, right? At the border and beyond. While Americans might just shrug and say, “Ok, we got hit,” their Indian counterparts might respond, “We punched them.”
He elaborated, saying, “Javed Akhtar Sahab didn’t come over here to hate. In order to speak, he came to this cultural celebration. That’s a potential issue. For me, making love is more important than fighting.
Shayan Khan, when questioned about the current Bollywood blockbuster Pathaan, said it was fine but not outstanding. Still, he emphasized, it was an important step forward for Bollywood.
Shayan Khan’s remarks against nepotism in the Pakistani film business were a particularly interesting part of the interview. He claimed that ninety percent of TV personalities in Pakistan were either actors’ offspring or friends and family. He lauded the success of performers like Fawad Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and emphasized the value of being an entrepreneur who rose through the ranks on one’s own merit.
In a recent conversation with Kiran Malik, Khan said, “Recently, I was telling Kiran Malik that 90% of the people that you see on TV in Pakistan are children or relatives (of known individuals). Lots of insider dealing goes on. In other words, I made it on my own. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actress, but my family wasn’t particularly well off.
“I figured and thought I would make money and then chase my dreams,” he elaborated. That’s why I like Mikaal so much. His independence is a strength. Fawad found a spot for himself, too. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has my utmost respect.
Shayan Khan shared his own observations about the entertainment business, including the importance of physical appearance and the prevalence of envy and animosity. He implied that robustness and enthusiasm were prerequisites for making it in the field. That’s the sort of business where appearance is important, in my opinion. Jealousy exists. Many people despise you. What they want is for you to give up, cry, and run away. If you truly care about anything, you must be courageous.
But I took it as a sign of their interest in me that they hated me. Their enthusiasm will make my job simpler. That’s basically what went down.
In his final remarks, Shayan Khan discussed censorship and the recent decision to remove Joyland from circulation. He said that the most successful individuals in the world were the ones who faced their concerns and that prohibiting something was a sign of fear. He advocated for people to be more open-minded and tolerant of others’ choices.