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Saif Ali Khan, who thinks he is too old to play the young Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. The actor also thanks his mother Sharmila Tagore for pushing him to marry Kareena Kapoor and talks about how Sajid Khan’s film can change his career
Buzz is, you’re planning a film on your father, the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi?
Not right away, but maybe some day. It’ll be an English film. Not Hollywood, but filmed as much in England as in India and set in the’60s when my father was is his 20s. It is a story of a Prince who loses his father on his 11th birthday, loses his title in 1971, loses an eye just when his cricketing career is blossoming in England, yet goes on to become the youngest Indian Test captain and marries a Bollywood heartthrob. Given the drama and history, the journey from back-andwhite to colour, it can be a film like Chariots of Fire. Earlier, we had tried the documentary format but it is not easy to encapsulate your feelings for someone everyone looks up to, into two hours.
His last release Bullet Raja may have not performed brilliantly at the box office but there is no denying that Saif Ali Khan aspires that his films do a business of Rs.100 crore and more. As Saif Ali Khan says, “It’s good to be a solidly saleable actor”. He is more settled in his married life now than he was the first time, and even jokes, “Hopefully, I am less of a nightmare.” As a doting dad he is concerned about son Ibrahim bunking school often, and as a husband complains that “Kareena is making me work more”. Excerpts from a hearty chat with the Nawab of Pataudi, and the actor who is getting better at his job.
Earlier you used to do one film at a time, now you’ve changed that strategy.
(Laughs) Slightly. No, it’s three films a year. One should work, one should be more prolific. And I’m excited to do that. I feel happy and settled in my life and I’m ready to focus on doing more things.
SAIF ALI KHAN SAYS HE WANTS TO STEP OUT OF HIS COMFORT ZONE AND GIVE THE ROMCOMS A BREAK
Having spent two decades in the industry, there is only one thing Saif Ali Khan rues -the fact that he hasn’t been able to spend enough time with his children Ibrahim and Sara. He confesses that now that Sara is growing up, he’s also turning into a protective father. Saif says, “I recently met one of Sara’s boyfriends and that’s when I felt strangely protective but not overtly so. Having be en in a boarding school you realise that everyone has their own life and you learn to let go. The kids shouldn’t feel burdened; if you respect each other’s space then the relationship is enjoy able. But I haven’t been spending enough time with Ibrahim and I feel bad about that.“
Actor Saif Ali Khan, who played a fun-loving and friendly dad to his on-screen children in “Ta Ra Rum Pum”, says in real life he does not get enough time to spend with his children.
The 43-year-old has daughter Sara and son Ibrahim from his ex-wife and actress Amitra Singh. The two got divorced in 2004, after 13 years of marriage.
“Sara and I are like good friends. Ibrahim loves to play cricket. Both of us play sports together. But I don’t get much time to spend with him, but I would like to,” said Saif, who is now married to actress Kareena Kapoor.
He is the grandson of one of India’s greatest captains ever, late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, and the great grandson of the legendary Iftikhar Ali Khan. So it hardly comes as a surprise that Saif Ali Khan’s son, Ibrahim, is showing interest in cricket. The 12-year-old, who studies at Dhirubhai Ambani International School (BKC) in Mumbai, is playing for the Giles Shield interschool cricket tournament.
And his father is clearly elated. “I am really happy that Ibrahim is taking interest in cricket. Right now, he is just having fun and enjoying the sport. So there shouldn’t be any kind of pressure on him. At this point, no one should even think of comparing him with his great grandfather (he played cricket for England and post-1947 for India as the captain) or grandfather. It would be really unfair on him,” says the actor.
Although Saif himself didn’t take up cricket, he has no regrets about it. “But if Ibrahim is interested in the sport, I would support him in whatever way I can,” says the actor. “But that (becoming a cricketer) will depend on him. Ibrahim can become whatever he wants. My parents never pressurised me to do anything. So there’s no question of me doing anything like that,” he adds.