Exclusive : “I want to play a historic character,” Special Ops 1.5 baddie Aadil Khan reveals about starring against Kay Kay Menon, his favourite director, OTTs, RJ career and more

By : Harshita Dagha

Debuting big in 2020 with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Shikara, the RJ turned actor is an obsession among the youth for more reasons than one – he has often made headlines for the machismo he exudes, via both, physique and voice.

On changing Name and Profession

Cast as villain opposite Kay Kay Menon in Special Ops 1.5’s, Aadil Khan was previously placed among the top 5 RJs, India much before his first launch Shikara in 2020.

Ask him about why RJ Nasar decided to change his name to Aadil Khan, he confesses,

“My mother is unfortunately no more, and she used to call me Aadil. That’s how the name change happened.”

Khan’s Claim to Fame

Aadil Khan talks about how and why he got his first break as he reminisces about his mother’s unapologetic faith in him.

“My mother used to tell me as a kid, there are going to be hoardings of you when you grow up and I used to just laugh it off, but when I was an RJ at Red FM she used to randomly call me and say, “Beta sambhal ke show karna, ho sakta hai koi director, producer sunn raha ho,” and that’s exactly what happened.”

He agrees with his mother as he reveals that the director casted him for Shikara because his voice was perfect for the film and that the team also felt that he looked Kashmiri which fit the bill perfectly. His voice, face and build in amalgam with his acting skills are his claim to fame, he believes

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“It’s a Neeraj Pandey project. I knew from the start I was in good hands,” he explains when we asked him if he had anticipated Special Ops’ success while shooting.

He also feels that the strong cast and their warmth kept him going, “The time we spent and the chemistry Aftab bhai, Kay Kay sir, Neeraj ji and I shared made everyone comfortable. They’re there to guide and I’m there to learn. I was never intimidated, but I was excited. They are legendary people and such people can shape you better as an actor.”

Between Genre Diversity and Typecast

Khan admitted his love for being called a badass and has extended his character into his real life so much that he has also installed a punching bag at home. However, it is coherent to be typecast if the audiences applaud you in a certain role.

When we asked him if he was worried about being typecast as a villain, he chirped,

“I don’t think so much. As an actor my hunger is to explore myself more. I wish to see my own range, as I am doing these parts I’m discovering things about myself as well.”

While he dismisses any partiality towards his directors Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Neeraj Pandey and admits he loves both equally, he adds, “I wish to play a historic role now,” with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.

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