After coming back, Ahsan did the late Ashfaque Ahmed’s Shala Kot. “I was offered so many good projects that I decided to work for TV only.” And as for films, he decided that he won’t do one unless it was something as great as Ghar Kab Aao Gay or Nikaah.
So why did he accept Imran Malik’s Tere Bin Jiya Na Jaye? “It was not a typical Pakistani film and I think I made the right decision, not because Imran Malik is the son of Pervez Malik sahib, but because he is an educated guy who is also technically correct, and whom I had worked with in ARY’s Taqdeer. He gave me a role that mattered and I also got a chance to choreograph the Shaan-Shreya Ghosal-song Pagal Nahin Tha which was liked by many in India and Pakistan.”
Ahsan believes PTV has played an important role in making him successful.
“I was lucky enough to work with PTV’s best last year when I got a chance to work in Peshawar Television’s Ajnabi Raastay Ajnabi Manzilein. The play was written by Naseem Nasir, with whom I share an excellent rapport. But I still accepted the project after declining it for four months. it went on to be declared a hit by PTV’s Gallup report.”
Ahsan describes his love for acting as boundless. “I want to be loved by all, be it the elite or the middle class or anyone. I want even a thelewala to love me as that’s the main reason I act. I try not to be become popular by cheap means because I believe that actors are the only people who can improve the aesthetic taste of viewers by opting for better roles. I am in love with acting and I am still getting good projects and a chance to work with the best people in the industry. I’m happy that Safaid Posh, in which I played the lead, was declared one of the best plays on local TV in 2004.”
As for international exposure, he says, “I acted for a British play a couple of years back in London and learnt a lot about acting on their television. Recently I was also approached by a Scottish TV channel for one of their plays. I am doing Kuch Rishtey Kachchay Dhaagon Kay for an Indian channel, which has been directed by the person who directed Des Main Nikla Hoga Chaand. I was referred to him by Indian choreographer Saroj Khan who worked with me in Ghar Kab Aao Gay. I also have a Bollywood film offer from a ‘big’ director whose name I won’t disclose since I don’t know whether I’ll be doing the film or not. It might sound like the typical ‘O ji mujhe bhi offer aayee hai Bollywood se’ but I’ll name the director only if I agree to do it.”
On the personal front, Ahsan has an identical twin brother besides two elder sisters and an older brother. He is the youngest in his family, along with his twin, of course. As for his education, he never stuck to one school because of his family’s constant shuffle between England and Pakistan. “I was doing my Masters in English Literature from Government College, Lahore, but had to postpone it because of acting. But I plan to complete it in the future. I also want to study acting and even talked to Anupam Kher who is running an acting school in India.
Lastly, what’s the difference between Ahsan Khan of yore and the one today? “The Ahsan Khan who started acting out of passion knew nothing about it, was a non-serious guy and hated the camera.