The talented Saif Ali Khan’s career is far from over

Saif Ali Khan is undoubtedly one of the finest actors of Bollywood.

Although his popularity might not be in the same league as the other three Khans, Aamir, SRK and Salman, he is in no way a lesser actor than any of them.

In fact, if one goes by his performances over the years, he can be said to be the most versatile ‘Khan’. Be it comedy or crime dramas or romance, Saif has done it all and walked away with aplomb all the time.

But, for an actor of his calibre, the unfortunate thing is that his recent string of flops has suddenly started raising questions about his capability in pulling the audiences to the theatre, especially when the much awaited Rangoon with the extraordinarily talented filmmaker, Vishal Bharadwaj tanked at the box office.

Released on 24th February, Rangoon till now has only managed to rake in 21.47 crores, according to sources, and has rather less chances of redeeming itself in the coming days.

Saif plays the quintessential British-like Parsi character of Rusi Bilmoria in the the gorgeously shot period love story, Rangoon and easily delivers his best performance of the recent times, but even then it wasn’t enough to save the film from becoming one of the biggest flops of his career.

His last four releases before Rangoon, Bullett Raja, Humshakals, Happy Ending and Phantom did negligible business at the box office. Out of them, Humshakals did the maximum business of 64 crores although it was panned by critics all over and is considered to be the worst film of Saif’s career.

Saif is a wonderful actor, blessed with a comic timing that very few people in the industry can boast of.

He is one of those few actors who can blur the lines between commercial and parallel cinema. He has the looks of a movie star and the dexterity of a born actor. After all, winning a National Award (for Hum Tum) and six Filmfare Awards in no cakewalk.

There was a point in his career in the 90s when he was typecast in a certain kind of roles and his career was going nowhere. And then came the biggest breakthrough of his career, Dil Chahta Hai and things changed for him overnight. The goofy ‘Sameer’ of Dil Chahta Hai is still one of the favorite comic characters of every movie lover.

This is probably a similar time in his career, when chips are low but that one right movie can change it all and while Rangoon is not a commercial success by any means, it has again reconfirmed that Saif is one of the most talented people we have in the film industry.

His next films, Kala Kandi and Chef don’t seem very commercial in nature but at the same time, have the potential to strengthen his position as an actor even more. And there have been times, when the least expected films do extremely good business at the box office, so one can never know.

We certainly and very strongly feel that Saif Ali Khan’s career is far from over for an actor of his stature is rare in an industry where most people are trying to follow a set formula to keep their careers going. He is past that time when four or five films not working would affect his career adversely.

They might disappoint his fans who desperately want their favourite star to be seen in a big commercial success but will in no way take away from the fact that he is still in fine form as an actor. It’s just a matter of that that one big hit like Race and things will look up again.

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