Saif Ali Khan and his various onscreen avatars

In the film industry, stars go to great lengths to get the right look for their roles; be it putting on and losing weight in a matter of months or chopping off their mane to get the perfect look. And Chote Nawab Saif Ali Khan is one of them. He has always pushed hard to fit into roles which are diverse in nature and excelled in it.

Dil Chahta Hai
Saif Ali Khan has come a long way since his first film in 1992 and we are glad that he did! He is one of the first stars who underwent an image makeover with his film Dil Chahta Hai and we have Farhan Akhtar to thank. Dil Chahata Hai saw Saif in a new avatar; it was not just his cropped hair but also his comical role that became the talk of the town.

Kal Ho Naa Ho
Saif portrayed a true blue metrosexual man in Kal Ho Naa Ho. He dressed in pink, loved to dance, was suave and loved to pamper himself. He was uber cool and urbane and we enjoyed it thoroughly.

Go Goa Gone
Experimenting with his looks and films had become a norm for the Chote Nawab. Saif, who played a tattoo-covered Russian zombie hunter, did not shy away from going blonde for the comedy flick, Go Goa Gone. And Boy, was he convincing.

Him and period films
Is it the nawabi blood in him which makes these roles convincing? Be it Shekhar Roy in Parineeta or Rustom Billimoria in Rangoon, he carried off both the roles with panache! Both films are more than a decade apart and the actor still hasn’t stopped experimenting on his looks.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena
Being paired opposite Kareena did bring a different facet to his onscreen credibility. Omkara, Tashan, LOC Kargil, Kurbaan and Agent Vinod – the roles are poles apart, but the duo’s chemistry was sizzling!

​Him as an urban youth
Saif Ali Khan ruled the silver screen with suave and urban look in Cocktail, Dil Chahta Hai, Love Aaj Kal as well in the 2004 romcom Hum Tum. Not only did this ‘suave’ roles suit hime, the urban youth were able to connect with him, understand his predicaments and empathise with his character!

Being Cyrus
Saif Ali Khan is a force to reckon with.Even when he is sharing screen space with veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, his charisma and charm are undeniable.It is a dark, raw story about a dysfunctional family full of broken people, shattered by the intrusion of a man who is not what he appears to be. And we loved every second of it.

In Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, Saif Ali Khan stepped into the shoes of a teacher. For the first time, Saif was seen with a mustache on screen and the actor carried off the look quite well

In his next release, Kaalakaandi, the actor will be seen as a typical Mumbaikar and we can’t wait to see Saif’s version of a Mumbaikar! The movie also stars Amyra Dastur and Shenaz Treasury.


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