Spotlight: Shahana Khan Khalil
By Sadaf Fayyaz
I first met Shahana at ‘Kuch Khaas’. She appeared cheerful, vibrant and full of life. She is an actor, writer, model, stage performer, RJ and Director Programs at ‘Kuch Khaas’. She has been a part of Islamabad theater and has acted in some plays like ‘The Suicide’, ‘The Producers’ ‘Come Again’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’,
‘Moulin Rouge’, and ‘Bram Stoker's Dracula’, though she is more recognized for ‘Slackistan’.
Things that turn me on:
Great music, traveling, fantasy, books and films
Things that turn me off:
Plans that go haywire
My philosophy in life:
As long as you’re dreaming, that flying broomstick will eventually show up. Anything is possible. You’ve just got to believe in it.
My Secret ambitions:
To be able to speak in perfect Punjabi
Favorite Cologne: Deep Red
Favorite Car: Mini Cooper Red. It’s my dream car.
Favorite Dress: Anything that boasts personality.
Favorite place to hang out: Ha! Kuch Khaas.
Too long a list: Benny and Joon, Little Miss Sunshine, 4 Lions, Scent of a Woman and Legends of the Fall. This will go on.
They are Depp, DiCaprio, Clooney, Ledger, Pacino & Fiennes. And the rest of the brilliance that makes the world of cinema what it is today. Again, this list will go on.
Characteristics that attract me to a person: Spontaneity, wit and style
Things I hate to do: Make small talk. That’s why I make the most of awkward silences.
As a kid I was: Somewhere else. Not much has changed.
What I always put off until tomorrow: Everything.
My craziest fan: A guy who wrote a song for me that was a little off-the-rocker.
Success to me is: Leaving your legacy
Acting for me is like:
Second nature or may be even first. It’s diving into the many facets of the human condition. It is something always new and always real.
When no one is looking, I like to:
Smile at strangers. It’s pretty creepy, but people are really funny when you’re not paying attention.
Describe a moment in my life that was truly romantic: Or the lack thereof?
What is the real me like: Pensive, hyperactive mind and always miles ahead of where I actually am.
“Slackistan” for me is: The coolest thing in the world.
My idea of perfect happiness: Achievement, in any form you’d imagine it.
Three things that I like about myself:
These are my mind, being able to talk to anybody off the road & the dot on my nose.
Three things that I dislike about myself:
It’s my chronic procrastination, my self-deprecating tendencies & my inability to sleep at night.
Beauty according to me is: Misunderstood.
My biggest regret:
None; you learn, you move on.
My favorite quote:
“If being sane is thinking there's something wrong with being different, I'd rather be completely fucking mental.” Angelina Jolie.
My biggest passion:
Overthrowing the conventional.
My biggest desire:
It is to receive my letter from Hogwarts.
My favorite food: Food.
My favorite drink: Cade – Blue
My biggest expectation: To be able to sit on the moon.
My favorite pastime: Swinging.
My favorite song: Too many.
My co-workers: Paint a diverse picture.
My source of learning: The Internet.
My source of inspiration: The impossible.
I hate people who: Tear other people down because they’re afraid to find and nurture their own potential.
My favorite season: Autumn. Hands down.
My zodiac sign: Aquarius.
My biggest strength: I’m a survivor.
The biggest hurdle in my way: Myself.
How many mental categories/labels/boxes do you classify guys into? List them down.
Here’s the irony. As much as this is something I could write a thesis on, I’m really not that bothered.
How would people or let’s say really beautiful girls who also become more famous and rich along the way, ever know whether someone wants to be friends with them for 'who they are' and NOT 'what they are’ (high profile public figures). Facing the same dilemma in terms of love?
I’m black and white about all my relationships. As long as you avoid the grey, you’re fine. Most people seek out the grey in hopes of finding something clandestine and exciting. It’s pointless at the end of the day.
In your view, what are the disadvantages of fame besides having little privacy and loneliness after having reached the top?
I wouldn’t consider myself famous just yet. I know people, they know me. For those who don’t know me but want to, they know all they need to know and I’m perfectly adept at keeping that relationship happy and complication-free. Fans have this ‘beyond imagination’ idea of you, it’s highly unrealistic. But then again, I’d do the same over someone I idolize.
Name a few of your favorite seasons/sitcoms, name your favorite characters in them and reasons for liking them?
Oh so many. They are Friends, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, Glee, The Big Bang Theory & Modern Family. This will go on. It’s mostly the ensemble. They just make me happy in ways that actual situations don’t. But then again, our lives could easily become sitcoms. Ever imagine some light background music to a family’s fight? Try it.
My message to the readers:
Go out, roll down a hill, swing. sing and breathe. We’re really just 6-year olds stuck in big bodies. Don’t be fooled by your height, everything still is just as wonderful as the first time you saw it. Do not let anyone tell you it can’t happen.