Saif Ali Khan: My foot has swollen almost like a football

Hurt on the set of his upcoming web series ‘Sacred Games’, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan says fear of injuries doesn’t deter him from performing stunts in his projects.

“Such things keep happening,” said Saif Ali Khan, pointing to his right leg that is currently in an orthopedic cast. The actor recently injured himself while shooting an action sequence for Sacred Games, the Netflix original based on Vikram Chandra’s novel by the same name. “My foot was swollen like a football. The doctor told me it was a minor ligament tear. It was terribly painful, but it’s getting better now.”

While most actors would take time off to recover from the injury, Khan could not afford to. Vikramaditya Motwane (one of the directors of the series) did not flinch from continuing the shoot. “I thought I’ll be out of action for some time, but that was not the case. Despite the injury, Vikram made me shoot an action sequence in a bathroom,” he laughed, the irony of the situation not lost on him, before adding, “Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I am a fast healer.”

This is his second accident in a little over a year. The actor underwent a thumb surgery in June last year, after injuring himself during the shoot of Kaalakaandi. However, such mishaps haven’t deterred him from performing stunts. “I have always got hurt because of my carelessness, and not because of someone else. I don’t mind being injured as long as I can walk and be on my own.”

While he will be seen on the big screen soon with Chef, the actor is enjoying exploring the digital space. Talking about how a web series offers more freedom compared to a film, he said, “One of the best things about it is being mobile, so you can shoot at amazing locations. When we are shooting a film, it’s mostly in a controlled environment of the set. Here, we are shooting in raw and real locations. The material is powerful and we have one of the finest teams coming together, so I am sure the result will be interesting.”

With his injury, Saif Ali Khan may not have been in a position to throw a grand bash for wife Kareena Kapoor Khan’s 37th birthday. But he delighted her yesterday with just the kind of celebration she likes — intimate and low-key. “This time, the mood at home is sombre, given what happened at RK Studios. So, it was a quiet celebration with family and friends.”

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