Kashmiri artist Ayaan Khan makes it to ‘Forbes India’

Kashmiri artist Ayaan Khan makes it to ‘Forbes India’

Besides acting, Khan is a passionate Philanthropist

Sajidah Yousuf

Srinagar, August 12: First time in the history of Kashmir, Ayaan Khan, 24, a budding artist from the Kashmir valley has made it big by featuring in the most prominent magazine ‘Forbes India’.

Khan has made his entry into Bollywood. He made his cameo from Big Magic production but it was Misty Cine Films (MCF) which made him their brand ambassador from which his popularity began to grow largely. Khan has also signed a music video with the Misty Cine Films.

Ayaan Khan hails from downtown area of Srinagar and is alumni of Green Valley Educational Institute. He has done bachelorette in Commerce from University of Kashmir.

Talking to Kashmir Despatch, Sahil, media manager of Ayaan Khan said that, “Khan went to Mumbai at the age of 18 and pursued his acting courses there.”

He said that Ayaan Khan has assisted one thousand families who got affected due to pandemic lockdown. He distributed ration kits, ten thousand masks and sanitizers in collaboration with Misty Cine Films, Mumbai. He went door to door to create awareness about coronavirus across not only in Srinagar but across Kashmir. He is an unsung hero of COVID-19 relief.

Khan has been given the title of “Youngest Philanthropist”. Apart from most prominent magazine ‘Forbes’, Khan has been featured in many international magazines too like Washington post, Khaleej times, America’s daily post etc and has been the on cover of “The Respected Magazine” also.

“Khan’s all projects are at halt due to pandemic, as we don’t want to put our crew in danger. Before pandemic, Khan has signed a movie and music video with Misty Cine Films,” said Sahil, he added that, “He got tremendous response from Bollywood. Many leading directors approached him because he is a brand and icon of Kashmir now. Ayan is upcoming superstar of today’s generation.”

He further said that in a very unfortunate incident Khan’s hoarding and banners with doctors that were put across Srinagar City for awareness purpose, which were put down by radicalised groups and Khan was also threatened not to go further in this field and even his posts were trolled on his social networking sites.

About this incident Ayaan Khan said that, “I won’t give up on my passion no matter what, this trolling, abusive content and threats by radicalised groups won’t stop me in pursuing my dream.”

Khan said that these trollers should come in front, speaking and threatening behind is no bravery. Kashmiri youth isn’t afraid of this trolling.

“Kashmir is burning from last 70 years, these curfews and strikes haven’t given us anything. Our youth is being pushed back while they want come forward and showcase their talent,” said Khan.

Ayaan Khan wishes to get Kashmiri out youth from the darkness of strikes, curfews, violence and wants to give peace a chance.

Khan’s message to the youth is to contribute in different platforms, be it sports, cinema, fashion anything like any other state of India and don’t think what other people thinks about your passion.

Ayan’s dream is to bring Bollywood back in Kashmir and which will help in generation of employment, like it used to be earlier when Bollywood movies used to shoot here in Kashmir.

Khan further said that, “Our youth’s mind is occupied with traditional strains and it’s no longer beneficial to them and won’t help in long run. We were born here we will die here, what we will leave for our future generations apart from curfew and strikes. We will have no answer to their questions if this violence won’t stop.”

Ayan’s inspiration is Bollywood King Khan, Shahrukh Khan but he has not met him yet.

“It would be a fan boy moment for me when I will meet him. I have grown up watching his movies, he is my inspiration and I would like to be another Bollywood Khan like him,” said Khan.

Ayaan Khan has received awards like “Rising star of the year”, “Fresh face of the year” from MCF.

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