Haj means many things to many people, to show a devotion, a demonstration of solidarity with Muslim worldwide, and a opportunity to take part in rituals stretching back centuries.

But for an award-winning Pakistani actor,model and singer Fawad Khan, theĀ pilgrimage also offered a rare chance to escape the spotlight.

The 36-year-old Bollywood and soap opera star, an iconic star in Millions in Pakistan and India, was among the celebrities hosted by the ministry of Media of Saudi Arabia.