Fawad initially received a lot of opposition from his father for his choice to join showbiz a By age 20, Khan could play the guitar, bass, and drums.He put his voice to use as the lead singer of the band Entity Paradigm.His last TV serial was Ahson Talish's sociodrama Numm.Broadcast in 2013, the drama saw Khan play a boy who secretly marries a girl in London and, after returning Pakistan, is forced to marry another girl.He sang for their debut album Irtiqa (2003), which contains six songs. He went on to achieve popularity with lead roles in the television series Dastaan (2010), Humsafar (2011), and Zindagi Gulzar Hai (2012).He made his Bollywood debut in the leading role of a prince in Shashanka Ghosh's romantic comedy Khoobsurat (2014), for which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
Khan began his music career by joining Entity Paradigm, an alternative rock band based in Lahore, Pakistan. Khan made his film debut with a supporting role in Shoaib Mansoor's sociodrama Khuda Kay Liye (2007).Raja Sen of said, "As the princely DJ, Fawad Khan has far too little to do in this film —though even a role with him on-screen throughout the film wouldn't have justified the ridiculous kerfuffle his casting has caused — but looks perfect for the part." Subhash K.Jha of Deccan Chronicle wrote, "Fawad's entry is welcome and his exit baffling. If you are a Fawad fan, his meagre presence and sketchy role would infuriate you." Following the Uri terror attack, bilateral relations between India and Pakistan took a downturn resulting in the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and The Film Producers Guild of India deciding to ban all Pakistani artists from working in India until the situation normalises.The film, which featured Khan with an ensemble cast including Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak Shah, Rajat Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt, became a commercial success upon its release, and Khan received almost unanimously positive reviews from critics for his portrayal of Rahul Kapoor, a writer who is revealed to be a closeted homosexual.Bollywood Hungama's review praised Khan's performance saying, "As far as performances are concerned, the film totally belongs to Fawad Khan, Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor." It continued, "He surprises everyone with his exceptionally sensitive performance that can be rightly termed as a 'straight-from-the-heart' act.