Wizard Javed Khan appeared as the winner of the talent world show, India's Got Talent Season 8, and took home Rs 25 lakh prize money and a car. The 27-year-old comes from a religious family in Sirohi, Rajasthan, but settles in Mumbai. An IT professional by profession, the IGT winner spoke exclusively to the HT about his struggle, his preparation for the show and his goal of raising the level of magic in India. excerpt:
What great change have you seen in the attitude of people posting the show?
I come from Sirohi in Rajasthan. The people in my village are very narrow-minded, including my parents who are very religious and opposed my art. I couldn't take out cards even in a room or while I was training. I had to work day and night and used to carry my cards everywhere. If people looked short in my hand, they would say I'm gambling, which is haram in our religion. Everyone protested against it, but I followed my passion. My parents didn't talk to me for about two years and would often take me.
Tell us about your journey.
While watching India's Got Talent on television in 2015, they saw a contestant's winning moment on stage and said, "The parents of this participant would have been so proud that their children have won the show." That moment I decided that I would also audition for the show and would try to win. I took a whole year and saw two to three seasons and analyzed the level of magic performed on the IGT scene. I prepared all year to create something that they had never seen on the show. And then I spent this year and was chosen.
Javed Khan celebrates his victory
How did you prepare for the competition?
I have learned magic for the past four and a half years. As the problem solving and action plan I follow in my IT zone, I used to strategize about what kind of visual I would present on stage, looking at the disadvantages and what was missing in a magician whom he couldn't make it to the final. I used to induce the missing things in my action.
What is the most important element required to learn magic?
My style is about creating an impact on the audience and the judges. It doesn't matter if your staple is a marker or a card or a large stage. My strategy is to offer an experience to members of the public; This is called organic magic. You have to have your own style.
You live in Mumbai. Tell us something about your life there?
It is a struggle in itself to live in Patanwadi in Mumbai. My father is a rickshaw driver. We live in a rented house in a shawl. This motivated me to lead a better life. The fight made me follow my dream and win a car. I see the fight as it served as a motivation for my victory.
What are your future plans?
Javed Khan with the trophy and the check.
I have some concepts and ideas that were in my mind since a while. Since I now have such an exposure, I have to do a lot in life. I need to create video series on YouTube. Abroad, it is seen as an art form and people take it seriously, especially the youth, but it is not considered an art form in India. I must increase the level of magic in India.
What are you going to do with the prize money?
I want to give my parents a better life. I hope I can buy a small house on loan and give some comfort to my parents.
You were pressed to marry during your upgrade days. Your long engagement was called off and you went into depression. When are you planning to marry now?
It's up to my parents, they decide, and it can happen soon.
Tell us something special about the judges.
I used to think of them only as celebrities, but when I went to the show I found them very supportive, sporty, genuine and pleasant. If you are talented, they respect the action. I just had to entertain them to get their attention. Kirron Kher represents cultural diversity and will focus on my style. Karan Johar talks about how to present your tricks. Malaika's favorite category is magical, so she always used to support it.
First Published: December 30, 2018 9:18 AM IST