Bollywood Actor “Imran Khan” interviewed instead of Pakistani cricket legend

Editor’s Note: On the lighter side, Pakpotpourri brings to you an entertaining spoof. Read at: .  On a serious note, it reflects on the American lack of understanding on the political & social dynamics in Pakistan. A friend who shared this with me,made the following tongue-and-cheek comment on it,”The next PTI jalsa should be held in New York. The many innocent and ignorant here need some spot fixing !”

New York based CNN correspondent, Julia Whitehead, who was supposed to interview Pakistani cricketing legend turned politician, Imran Khan, ended up interviewing Bollywood actor Imran Khan instead under a case of mistaken identity.

Julia had been recently assigned to the South Asian bureau and is working on an upcoming article on politicians from the sub-continent. Unfortunately, her knowledge of Bollywood, Cricket and South Asia in general is very sketchy, which led to her interviewing the wrong Khan. An Indian colleague had casually mentioned that Imran Khan was in New York shooting for a movie and the unsuspecting Julia promptly scheduled an interview with him before he left. Bollywood Actor, Imran Khan, in turn gladly agreed to the interview hoping it would fetch him some publicity and enhance his image with Indians living in America.
Here are excerpts from the faux interview CNN :

Julia: Thank you Mr. Khan for agreeing to the interview. Must say, you look quite young for your age. What is the secret of your youthful looks?

Imran (slightly taken aback): er… thanks. I work hard to pass off as a 22 year old although I am 28. Good sleeping habits, exercise and healthy diet do the trick for me.

Julia (giggling): Mr. Khan, your sense of humour is delectable… For a fast bowler, you have quite a small build and frame. How did you manage to be successful in your sporting career despite being so puny?

Imran (blushing): You yanks have a very weird sense of humour. Er… my cute looks and puny frame help bowl maidens over, you see. Hopefully, I will continue to maintain a good strike rate going forward also.

Julia (now laughing hysterically): I was told that Cricket is a sophisticated sport that we Americans will never be able to understand. I can see why now. On a serious note, how easy was it to make the transition to full time political activism?

Imran (raises his eye brows quizzically): er… I am not really a full time activist. I sometimes take a stand on issues of dubious public interest such as filing a PIL against increasing the legal age for drinking mainly to garner some publicity and increase my star value.

Julia: Wow, you advocate that drinking should be legalized? Mr. Khan, you realize that your life can be in danger for taking such a bold and extreme stand…

Imran: Hmm… now you are scaring me. Why would anyone want to kill me for taking such a stand? This is India for heaven’s sake, not Pakistan.

Julia (confused): er…but aren’t you a Pakistani?

Imran: Hell no!!

Julia: Huh? Wait a minute, aren’t you the famous cricketing legend Imran Khan who won the World Cup for Pakistan in 1992?

(Imran, whose ears slowly begin to turn scarlet, just stares at her)

Julia (still confused): Well then, who are you?

(Imran opens his mouth in indignation, but no words come out. He abruptly stands up and walks away leaving a confused Julia behind)

The following day, Imran Khan swore not to grant interviews to ignorant American journalists ever again. Julia on the other hand, has requested that she be shifted elsewhere from the South Asian bureau citing utter lack of familiarity with the region.

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  • Shahid Rehman  On December 28, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Must be a “dumb blonde!”

  • Ayaz Ahmed Khan  On December 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Dear Ardishir,
    This is funny and hilarious. This reminds me of an air journey from London to New York. An American lady sitting on the next seat asked me,”Were are from”. I said from Pakistan. She said, ” I know where Pakistan is.” I said “where?” “Oh,it is in Kabul”. she replied. Well, it is good to see Imran Khan dressed in shorts perhaps.


    Ayaz Ahmed Khan

  • Mohammad Chaudhry  On December 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    This article could be a spoof and not real but so many weird things happen in this part of the world.In fact Americans are narrow-focussed people with information limited to their cities,states and profession or trade. You might recall ghuffees of Republican presidential candidate for nomination,Herman.

  • Faisal Ijaz.  On December 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    This Interview shows the mentality level of indions against Pakistan and Pakistani’s and as Pakistani’s We like Indion Muslim Stars…Really they are not able for any Respect.

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