Is this the best looking man in Bangladesh? An interview with male model Fardeen Faisal

An interview with Bangladeshi male model Fardeen Faisal.

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Published in Dhaka Live on 15 December 2010

Male model Fardeen Faisal talks to Dhaka Live about fans, fashion and why he’s not nice to strangers after midnight.

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Fardeen Faisal

Fardeen Faisal is the son of a naval commander who took after his father by never wanting a normal job.  Shortly after moving to Dhaka from Chittagong in 2002, the six-foot-two hunk quit IBM when he was talent-spotted by an advertising agency.  Fardeen has since modelled in some 400 fashion shows in Bangladesh, India and the United States and has appeared in countless television commercials, billboards and magazine spreads.

“After the first ramp show I was like ‘Wow!’ I loved it and never felt scared.  It’s the only place where you can show your attitude.”

However Fardeen describes the fashion industry as “tough and rude” and said that only four Bangladeshi male models have been prominent during his eight year career.  “Many came, but few survived.  If people in the industry decide you’re not worth it, you’ll be insulted.”  And as a really, really ridiculously good-looking person, Fardeen sometimes bears the brunt of resentment.  “I hear things like, ‘Fardeen is always chosen, why not me?’ But I say, ‘Come on, I achieved it through hard work.’”

When Fardeen isn’t modelling, he is busy playing football or trading on the stock market.  On the whole, he avoids socialising with models.  “I do my work and come home.  Our life is a little bit dreamy – I’m a bit more awake.”

Fardeen’s aesthetic symmetry makes him a perfect contender for the role of Dhallywood heartthrob, but when it comes to the big screen, it’s a case of being once bitten, twice shy.  In 2003 Fardeen had an experience nasty enough to merit a scene in an action film.  When he arrived on set to begin shooting his seventh commercial film, Fardeen discovered that the script and cast bore no resemblance to that stated in his contract.  “It was a dodgy movie and I quit instantly.”  The 21-year-old was then held at gunpoint for 20 hours in an effort to “persuade” him to take part.  Fardeen called a press conference the following day announcing that he was cancelling three upcoming movies and taking an indefinite break.  “I won’t say that I’ll never act again, but the industry isn’t my cup of tea.  Things have improved recently, but it’s still dominated by vulgarism.”

Fardeen Faisal

I asked Fardeen whether it feels strange to see himself on a billboard.  After hesitating a few moments, he replied, “No.  When I first see myself, I think about whether it represents the company well, and I scrutinise the quality of the billboard.  It’s not a question of whether I look okay – there’s no way that it would work in the first place if I looked bad.”  That said, Fardeen admits that he’s a perfectionist who is never satisfied with his work.

Such an assessment leaves him in the minority – Fardeen has a bounty of female fans.  He described an encounter that took place the day before while he was having icecream at Move n’ Pick.  He noticed a group of girls staring at him in the peculiar way people do when they identify someone famous.  A few hours later, his mobile rang.  The caller identified herself as one of the girls from the icecream shop and admitted that she had a tough time tracking down his number.  Fardeen flashed a perfect set of pearly whites as he said, “Sometimes I get calls from Sylhet and Jessore!  I’m always nice to people, but some lack a common sense of timing.  I’m not nice when the phone rings after midnight.”

When Fardeen received an offer to take part in Uttaradhikar, the first celebrity reality show in Bangladesh (filmed in 2009 and based on the concept of “Big Brother,”) his first reaction was “No way! I cannot sell my privacy.”  But after some persistence from Channel I, Fardeen decided that it was a worthwhile challenge.  “I was worried about one thing – Bangladesh has a culture of back-biting and I didn’t want to come out with a bad reputation.  Naturally, I care about that.  But I didn’t want to be a goody-goody – my strategy was to be myself.”  Fardeen became a finalist amongst the 10 housemates and he believes the experience taught him how to let go of small problems.  “But to be honest, it was very tough to cope.”

Fardeen hasn’t succumbed to pressures from the fashion industry that could potentially undermine his positive body image.  “I don’t listen to what I should or shouldn’t do.” He exercises daily and eats as much sushi as he can afford.  “I am a health freak.  I don’t smoke, drink or take drugs.”

In the years ahead, Fardeen dreams of opening a fashion house and grooming new models.  “As a fashion industry, we are a kid.  We have to make it as a teenager, an adult and an old man.  I want to be part of that growth.”  Ladies and gentlemen, watch that space – literally.

24 comments on “Is this the best looking man in Bangladesh? An interview with male model Fardeen Faisal”

  1. @Melissa you are so cold to put Fardeen out there like that but i guess a woman scorned…just because someone cheats on one person doesn’t mean they will cheat on everyone you know. As someone who personally knows Fardeen, i’m not terribly surprised though…he is super self absorbed among other things. All these years and he still isn’t married, maaaaa-go that should have been your first clue, sweetie. @Zakir Sajib by the way you are well jealous of Fardeen, he is tall, well-built, athletic and handsome, which is very rare in Bd. I lived there for years and can count the number of good looking guys i saw on 1 hand. And in fact he is well known to young deshis all over the country so we shouldn’t act like he is an unknown person as you and i are. Lol.

    1. Nice article. Fardeen is a nice gentleman but perhaps if you set a yardstick among Handsome Men in Bangladesh he would be labeled as an average. I believe Media actually made him more popular but one thing we cannot ignore is his talent and caliber which is not easy to acquire within a short period of time esp in our film industry.
      If I am not mistaken then If I consider Jessica to be living in BD for 5 years then it is quite evident since one cannot get to know and see everyone even though you live in a small Dhaka city. Now a days most smart and good looking boys/guys are not interested in Modelling and so do the same with Girls due to the fact of improper environment and future is dark and gloomy. Need a lot of investment to set a proper platform to raise the standard. As a result the flashy ones are hard to be noticed.
      During my 20 years living in Bangladesh, mostly in Dhaka, I have witnessed the most stylish and smart boys/men during the mid 90’s till end of 01. This is probably influential due to the rock culture we had during that era and people were more cautious with style and dieting habit. But ironically after 2001 most of them seemed to have gone lost somewhere, perhaps mostly went abroad and the ones who are left are well above 40. Those days were exceptional.

      1. Hi Rahul. Very interesting insights, thanks! Fardeen is certainly a professional and yes, it is hard to know who is the best looking of some 80 million deshi men!! I have been living in Myanmar since mid-2012… Best wishes to you and thanks for reading. Jess

        1. Thanks for the reply and please accept my sincere apology for answering late.
          I believe you are a Journalist and one has to be resolute and dauntless with this profession. I’m amazed and inspired the way you’re managing and enjoying your life. How do you manage esp in a country like Myanmar ? How is life there, tell me about opportunities, how people are treated, political condition, how much an individual needs for live and accommodation, language barrier, how safe is it, what future beholds for Myanmar and most importantly if someone from Europe would like to move there for few years, what is his/her luck to be like.
          I have asked a ton of questions, if you can answer them then I would be grateful or if you have a separate blog where these answers can be acquired that would also be beneficial.

  2. Well, I’m sure you haven’t seen model Regal Arman then.
    Let me link you to a few of his pictures, or a fine google/facebook search would work too.

    Let me know if you have changed your opinion or should I link you to other better looking models out there in Bangladesh?

  3. ha ha ha, when did fardeen become the best looking man ? lolz…..but he is good of course to certain individuals that he can take their breathes away. btw there r thousands of other guys here equally or more better and handsome thn fardeen, btw i do know him personally….i wonder what guys and girls of other states must be thinking looking at him to be the best looking man of bangladesh..lol

    1. are you just feeling jealous??! fardeen gets more hits than any other individual i’ve written about, including christy turlington!! he’s on lots of billboards in dhaka also… thanks for reading 🙂

      1. Exactly he is on lots of billboards in Dhaka. Who knows Dhaka?
        Dhaka doesn’t have any exposure like London, Milan or New York!

        To be honest with you I never seen him in any billboards. What a waste!

        1. I think your standards are very high! Nevermind if it’s not Milan – 20 million Dhaka residents and those elsewhere may have seen his (extremely handsome) face on billboards. i really enjoy writing about people who embark on a career in a fledgling industry – Fardeen himself says modelling in Bangladesh is like a teenager, waiting to grow up. It takes guts and every day i walk past a bangladeshi so beautiful i almost lose my breath!!

      2. Your “extremely handsome” is really irritating me, seriously!

        Anyways..

        I would like to call you regarding the price wars article you wrote recently. You asked me to call you. Ddin’t get time last week!

        Whats the best time to call you tomorrow?

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