Hasnat Khan
Pakistani cardiologist
Hasnat Khan
Hasnat Ahmad Khan, PHD, FRCS, is a British Pakistani. He is an ethnic Pashtun who is a practicing heart and lung surgeon. He has previously worked with Harefield Hospital in London, England. He is reported to be planning to return to Pakistan to accept a post at a hospital in Lahore. Khan is known to have been doing a lot of charity work in Africa and Asia, and it is reported that all of his recent surgeries have been for charity.
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<i>Diana</i> the Movie -- Not As Awful As You've Heard, But It Could Have Been Better -- (Memo to All Actors -- Try To Avoid Portraying Fabled Icons!)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"You know, Hillary Clinton gives of herself. Princess Diana gives of herself. But they are not saints," said actor Edward James Olmos. Well, during no point in Hillary Clinton's lifetime has she ever been considered a saint. Princess Diana, however, even before her much-publicized charity endeavors, was considered some sort of other-worldly saint-like celebrity phenomenon. She was famous for being famous on the grandest scale. (So powerful was her impact before she married Prince Charles many people referred to her as "Lady Di" forever.) She initially tapped into the beautiful fairy-tale of a "commoner" being lifted to royalty by a (reasonably) attractive prince. Although Diana wasn't really a"commoner" at all. Just very young, and totally unsuited for The Life. Later, as her unhappiness and neurosis became known--often through her own clever self-promotion -- she was the first truly modern star of the obsessively searching "me" generation. Theatrically staged suicide attempts ...
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'Diana' review: This was the love of her life?
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
According to friends, and as presented in the film, Dr. Hasnat Khan was the love of her life, but there's a difference between an audience's being told that and actually feeling that. Yet what the movie actually gives us is an unsatisfying romance, the story of a beautiful woman's unaccountable interest in a hidebound and unappealing man, who is condescending and unreasonable and won't budge to accommodate her. [...] the movie seems caught in a tangle between the demands of the love-story genre, the actual facts of the relationship and the awkwardness of presenting intimate details from the life of a living person, one who does, after all, have access to the legal system. [...] Naveen Andrews, who plays Dr. Khan, has a difficult role. [...] this is the only kind of man Diana could ever be with, someone self-possessed enough not to melt in the heat of her fame. What director Oliver Hirschbiegel finds lacking in the story he tries to make up in style, giving us impressionistic snipp ...
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Review: Naomi Watts is extraordinary in the flawed 'Diana'
LATimes - over 3 years
Oliver Hirschbiegel's biopic of Diana, Princess of Wales, is an admirable effort that falls short, though its star, Naomi Watts, shines. While Diana, Princess of Wales, was living life as the World's Most Famous Woman, happiness was an elusive pursuit: a nagging struggle between a thirst for privacy and a need for affirming public recognition. That the new film "Diana," based on Kate Snell's book about Diana's two-year secret romance with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, has met with contemptuous reception in Britain only shows that the late royal belongs more to the people she touched and inspired than any one film could hope to dramatize.
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'Diana' Review: Mediocre Biopic Wastes An Opportunity
Huffington Post - over 3 years
-- Let's start with the relatively good news: "Diana," a new biopic about the last two years of Princess Diana's life, is not nearly as horrendous as some of the reviews in her homeland may have led you to believe. ("Car-crash cinema," one British paper opined.) Now the bad news: It's just not very good. And that's a shame, in at least three ways. First, the gifted actress Naomi Watts deserves to be in a better movie. Second, Oliver Hirschbiegel, who directed the admired and Oscar-nominated German-language film "Downfall," about Adolf Hitler, somehow, er, falls down here. Finally, and most unfortunately, an opportunity is lost to dig deeper into a personality that fascinated the world like few others in our modern times — "the most famous woman in the world," as the movie aptly calls her. So where does it go wrong? For starters, the filmmakers may have been constrained by a desire to be respectful. It's not hard to imagine why. Diana's two sons are very much alive, for one thing ...
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'Diana' Poster Pulled In France After Placement Near Where Princess Di Was Killed
Huffington Post - over 3 years
More bad news for the new Princess Diana movie, as a French poster promoting the upcoming "Diana" was pulled because of its proximity to where the Princess of Wales was killed in a car accident. The "Diana" poster was placed just outside the Alma-Marceau, across from The Flame of Liberty statue, a 1987 installation that mourners turned into a memorial for Princess Diana after her 1997 death. "I really don't have any words to describe how I feel about this cynical and shameless attempt to publicize a film that should never have been made," Rosa Monckton, who the Daily Mail called one of Diana's trusted confidants, told the publication; "To have made a film so speculative and as this is disgusting enough, but to then advertise it on the spot at which she died is despicable." French distributor Le Pacte removed the poster on Monday night, a spokesperson for the company told The Hollywood Reporter. This is just the latest stumble for "Diana," which was savaged by the British press aft ...
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Princess Diana film opens after critical mauling
The Times of India - over 3 years
Purporting to tell the story of the late Princess Diana's romance with UK-based Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, the movie has been dismissed by Khan as "based on hypotheses and gossip".     
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Early 'Diana' Reviews Slam Movie As 'Atrocious,' 'Awful'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Naomi Watts has long been considered a possible Best Actress contender for her portrayal of Princess Diana in "Diana," but an early wave of reviews from the British press have tossed cold water on those assumptions. "'Diana' can only be described as a fabulously awful film," Mirror critic David Edwards wrote in his one-star review, which also calls the Oliver Hirschbiegel feature "lazy, mid-afternoon stuff." Written by Stephen Jeffreys and based on the book "Diana - Her Last Love" by Kate Snell, "Diana" focuses on the princess' love affair with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (played by former "Lost" star Naveen Andrews). "Poor Princess Diana. I hesitate to use the term 'car crash cinema.' But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death," wrote Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw. "This is due to an excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue -– ...
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Princess Diana Film 'Completely Wrong,' Ex-Lover Hasnat Khan Says
ABC News - over 3 years
Nearly 16 years after Princess Diana‘s death in a Paris car crash, her life is about to be immortalized on the big screen by Naomi Watts in a new biopic titled, “Diana.” One of the main characters in both the movie and Diana’s real life,...     
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WATCH: Official 'Diana' Trailer Released - Has Naomi Watts Pulled It Off?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
'Diana' is one of the most eagerly-awaited films of the year, with a heady amount of expectation resting on the shoulders of Naomi Watts. The big question has been, is the Oscar-nominated actress capable of pulling off a transformation into the most photographed, studied, analysed woman in history? Naomi Watts takes on the most photographed woman in history in 'Diana' The Oscar-nominated actress has taken on the role of the most famous woman in the world in the film, which tells the heady, ultimately tragic story of the last year of the Princess's life. It explores her secret love affair with Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan, including her private trips to his native country to meet his family, and their split which devastated the Princess. Diana had a secret affair with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan in the year before her death It follows her burgeoning rebound romance with playboy Dodi Fayed played out in the Mediterranean in front of waiting paparazzi, on ...
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'Lost' Star Talks Becoming Jafar
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Naveen Andrews says he welcomed the transition from a movie about Princess Diana to a TV series inspired by "Alice in Wonderland." The former "Lost" star plays the villainous Jafar in ABC's fall series "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland." In the upcoming big-screen "Diana," starring Naomi Watts, Andrews plays love interest Dr. Hasnat Khan. Andrews said that after "Diana" the "Wonderland" TV series offered a chance to do something completely different that, as he put it, isn't "bound in space and time." He spoke Sunday to the Television Critics Association. "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" stars Sophie Lowe as a young woman who escapes Victorian England down the fabled rabbit hole in search of adventure and love. It debuts Oct. 10.
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Watch: Princess Diana's Secret Love Affair Revealed
ABC News - over 3 years
Vanity Fair article says Diana wanted to be with Pakistani surgeon Hasnat Khan, not Dodi Fayed.     
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Princess Diana was 'madly in love' with Hasnat Khan shares Jemima Khan - Daily Mail
Google News - over 3 years
Princess Diana was 'madly in love' with Hasnat Khan shares Jemima Khan Daily Mail Jemima Khan has revealed that her late friend Princess Diana was so 'madly in love' with Hasnat Khan, she considered moving to Pakistan to be with him. In a Vanity Fair article titled: 'The Grandmother Prince George Never Knew', Jemima says Diana, who ... First look: 'Diana' a royal role for Naomi WattsUSA TODAY Princess Diana Graces Vanity Fair Cover Amid Royal Baby Craze—See the Pic!E! Online Princess Diana Wanted to Marry Again, According to ReportABC News Marshfield News-Herald -Us Magazine -TheGloss all 18 news articles »
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LOOK: Naomi Watts As Princess Di
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Naomi Watts is Princess Di in an all-new poster for the upcoming movie, "Diana." Watts stars as The People's Princess in the Oliver Hirschbiegel-led film, due out in September. The first trailer for the film, which focuses on Princess Diana's relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan, was released in June. Take a look at the preview to "Diana" above. "It was a story that was going to be told, and I just felt like she was a fascinating woman," Watts told ABC last year. "It's delicate because her boys are still around, obviously. Very much so. But, like I said, it was going to be told. Maybe it was more recent than people [expected]."
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Diana: watch the first trailer of the royal biopic
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The first trailer has been released of the Princess Diana biopic starring Naomi Watts – and the signs are that this is going to be a pretty soft-centred affair The first trailer for Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel's Princess Diana biopic has hit the web, hinting at an adulatory portrait of the figure it dubs "the most famous woman in the world". Diana is seen escaping from scurrilous paparazzi, smiling as third world children run through a sumptuous garden, and gingerly stepping through landmine-strewn African terrain, a Red Cross symbol pasted to her chest. "An icon, adored by millions", the trailer tells us, to soaring strains of uplifting piano. Starring Naomi Watts as the princess and titled simply Diana, the film is Hirschbiegel's followup to 2009's Northern Ireland troubles-themed Five Minutes of Heaven. The German director is best known for the acclaimed 2004 film Downfall, retelling of the last days of Adolf Hitler. Diana apparently centres on its subject's romance ...
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Video: Naomi Watts' 'Diana' trailer long on looks, short on words
LATimes - over 3 years
“The Legend Is Never The Whole Story,” an inter-title promises in the new trailer for “Diana,” Naomi Watts’ take on the iconic royal. For that full tale, though, we’ll have to wait for a later point — perhaps the release of the Oliver Hirschbiegel film. The one-minute teaser released today features no dialogue, instead playing a piano theme over a quick succession of shots of Watts as Lady Di, looking if not sounding like the late legend. We see a series of images of the Princess of Wales: with family at home, with glitterati at parties, avoiding paparazzi in the London streets. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The movie focuses on Diana’s relationship with Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews), whom she met in the last years of her life. There's a quick shot of that too, but anything more specific about her character will have to wait. Incidentally, the movie will come in the same season as “Grace of Monaco,” in which fellow Aussie and bff Nicole Kidman also takes on a galvanizing royal. T ...
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Friend of Princes Harry and William sues over alleged phone hacking
Guardian (UK) - almost 4 years
Harry Meade files claim at high court against News International over alleged phone hacking by News of the World A close friend of Prince William and Prince Harry is suing News International over alleged phone hacking by the News of the World. Harry Meade has filed a civil claim against News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that published the now-defunct Sunday tabloid, at the high court in London. Meade has been close to the princes for over a decade, on occasion appearing in press articles about the antics of Prince Harry. He hosted the now-infamous fancy dress party in 2005 where Prince Harry wore a swastika armband, prompting an international furore and a swift apology from Clarence House. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – known to most as Prince William and Kate Middleton – attended Meade's wedding in October 2010 in an appearance that prompted speculation, later confirmed, that they were engaged. Meade is one of eight fresh phone-hacking claims fi ...
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Royal Roundup: Remembering Princess Diana, 15 Years Later
BBC Blogs- America - over 4 years
Members of the public visited Kensington Palace to honor Princess Diana this morning. (Rex Features/AP Images) Today is the 15th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and well-wishers are marking the occasion at various sites associated with the princess, who was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 at the age of 36. Flowers, notes and other mementos are gracing the gates of Kensington Palace, Diana’s former residence, now the home of her sons Princes William and Harry. “The messages and floral tributes were a poignant reminder of the scenes at Kensington Palace in the days following her death in 1997, when a sea of bouquets grew rapidly outside the wrought iron gates,” writes the Daily Mail. Wreaths left for Diana outside Kensington Palace, shortly after her death in 1997. (AP Photo/Adrian Dennis/AP Images) William and Harry, the paper reports, are not expected to be seen in public today, and there are no official ceremonies planned. In Paris today, visitors have be ...
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Official Photo: See Naomi Watts as Princess Diana in Biopic
US Magazine - over 4 years
Looking royal! Capturing the beauty of the late Princess Diana is no easy task, but Naomi Watts has managed to do just that.  PHOTOS: Look back at Diana's wedding day The 43-year-old actress has completely transformed herself to star as the beloved royal in an upcoming biopic. In the first official movie stills, Watts styles Princess Diana's signature short, wavy blond hair. Wearing stunning sapphire earrings, she looks elegant in a classic black evening gown. The famous mother of princes William and Harry tragically passed away at the age of 36 in an August 1997 car crash. Diana famously divorced Prince Charles in August 1996. PHOTOS: Naomi's man Liev Schreiber Recently changing titles from Caught in Flight to Diana, the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed film examines the last two years of Diana's life and her relationship with Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews). He was said to be the love of her life, but the couple split after two years in 1997. She rebounded with billio ...
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FIRST PIC: See Naomi Watts as Princess Diana on Film Set
US Magazine - over 4 years
Royal double take! Naomi Watts is set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight -- and the Australian actress, 43, utterly transformed into the beloved royal shooting the biopic in London last week. In a black pantsuit, with her blond hair in the wavy, short style of Prince William and Harry's famous mother, the blue-eyed Oscar nominee (who has two boys with her beau Liev Schreiber) was a convincing doppelganger for Diana, who died at age 36 in a tragic August 1997 car crash. PHOTOS: Look back on Diana's wedding day Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Stephen Jeffreys, Caught in Flight will focus on the last two years in the life of Princess Diana; after famously divorcing Prince Charles, Diana reinvented herself as a global humanitarian and was on the path to self-fulfillment before she died. "It is such an honor to be able to play this iconic role," Watts said in a February 2012 statement. "Princess Diana was loved across the world and I look f ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hasnat Khan
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 53
    Khan is depicted by Naveen Andrews in the 2013 film while the character of Diana is played by Naomi Watts.
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    The relationship between Khan and the Princess is portrayed in the 2013 film Diana from director Oliver Hirschbiegel.
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    As of August 2013, Khan is working as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Basildon University hospital.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2008
    Age 48
    In July 2008, Khan and Ali filed an application for divorce in the local arbitration council of Islamabad.
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    In March 2008, Khan said in a written statement to Lord Justice Scott Baker's inquest into Diana's death that their relationship had begun in the late summer of 1995, and that although they had talked about getting married he believed that he would find the inevitable media attention "hell."
    More Details Hide Details He also said that he believed that the car crash which caused Diana's death was a tragic accident.
  • 2007
    Age 47
    In November 2007, he resigned from the post and began to head a cardiac hospital in Malaysia.
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  • 2006
    Age 46
    Khan married 28-year-old Hadia Sher Ali in Pakistan in May 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Ali is a Pakistani descendant from former Afghan royalty.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 37
    Khan attended the funeral ceremony of Princess Diana at Westminister Abbey in September 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The heart surgeon told the police in 2004 that he doubted she had been pregnant when she died because she always took her contraceptive pills.
  • 1996
    Age 36
    Khan had a relationship with Diana, Princess of Wales. He has been widely identified as her "ex-lover," and she is said to have described him as "Mr Wonderful." In May 1996, Diana visited the Khan family in Lahore. According to Diana's butler Paul Burrell, the relationship was ended by the Princess in June 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Diana's friends are reported to have described Khan as the 'love of her life' and to have spoken of her distress when he ended their relationship. He, however, is said to be reticent about speaking of how much he may have meant to her or even how much she meant to him.
  • 1995
    Age 35
    He served at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London from 1995 to 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Then he began to work at the London Chest Hospital. In 2000, he worked at St Bart’s hospital. Then he served at Harefield Hospital.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    Until 1991 he worked in Sydney, Australia and then began to work in London.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Khan was born on 1 April 1959 at Jhelum Punjab in Pakistan.
    More Details Hide Details He is the eldest of four children. His father, Rashid Khan, a graduate of the London School of Economics, ran a prosperous glass factory. Hasnat Khan is a distant cousin of Imran Khan.
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