Pakistan's chai-making sensation has a name, people. It's Arshad Khan.
And we're likely to get to know him better because he's on his way to possible stardom.
Retail site fitin.pk has signed on Arshad as a model — for an undisclosed amount. His first shoot is already out.
We talked to Arshad, and discovered that he could be a good fit in showbiz. Here's why.
1) For starters, Arshad Khan is just 18.
That sounds like an appropriate age to begin one's career in showbiz. He could have started earlier, but oh well.
More background about Arshad: He hails from Kohat and has been making chai at Itwar Bazaar for three months now. He has never been to school. He plans to marry, but will let his parents choose his bride.
2) He has great story for how he got his first gig.
Arshad doesn't know when his photograph was taken or who took it, but he spotted a few kids holding flyers with half his face printed on them, the same picture circulating online. When he asked where they got the flyers, they said a helicopter came and threw them from the sky.
Now that's a great start to a story.
3) He was quick to get used to the limelight.
When the media first hounded him, Arshad freaked out. His mamoo (maternal uncle) was also worried. 'Why is the media after him?' he wondered. Upon reaching Arshad's chai stall, he discovered the reason for the hullabaloo: people found him 'khoobsurat'.
Initially, Arshad tried to drive away the media. His friends asked for huge sums of money —20 lacs from Dawn TV and 50 lacs from Geo TV — to deter reporters from approaching him.
Arshad was also upset that his entire day went to waste. Due to the clamour, he lost his phone.
But ask Arshad not even a day later, and he's very happy about his newfound fame. He says that he'll definitely model and act in films if he gets the chance.
His mamoo agrees, saying that if Arshad gets any film or modelling offers, he will fully support him and stand by his side.