Many might not even remember Gibran Khan from his debut role as a child actor in the film Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in 2001. At that time, he played Krish Raichand, son of Rahul Raichand (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali Sharma (Kajol).
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a Bollywood classic, watched and loved deeply in every South Asian household as it illustrates the importance of family and the effects of socio-economic limitations on love and marriage.
It was a masterpiece created by some of India’s finest actors including Hrithhik Roshan as Rohan Raichand, Kareena Kapoor Khan as Pooja Sharma Raichand or “Poo,” and Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan as Yash and Nandini Raichand respectively.
Gibran Khan eventually left acting. However, the film was a major success and it inevitably exposed him to the qualities of great cinema in his childhood. He has been so intrinsically tied to that childhood role that he even explained in a recent interview that he needs a new identity as his first role is the most significant one that people remember him by.
In the past, he has worked in related areas, for example as an assistant director in the film Brahmastra starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Amitabh Bachchan. At the moment, he is a dance instructor in a dance academy owned by his father in Mumbai.
It is true that, after his debut, he did resume his acting as in Kyo Kii Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta(2001), Rishtey (2002) and a number of advertisements but now he has decided to properly return to the film industry after two decades and he has begun shooting the sequel to the 2003 film Ishq Vishq starring Shahid Kapoor and Amrit Rao. He will be playing the lead role in this film which will be released next year.
For fans of his first film, this is an exciting moment to see the once young child showcasing ripe talent to the world and, in anticipation of his debut project, expectations are rather high.
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