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Saif has a very approachable kind of stardom: Raja Krishna Menon

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on September 15, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

With Chef all set to release next month, filmmaker Raja Krishna Menon moves from a war torn Kuwait, which he brought to us in Airlift, to the green pastures of Kerala. It’s not just the location, with his new film, Menon also moves from khiladi Akshay Kumar to nawab Saif Ali Khan. So how has the transition been? Here’s my conversation with the filmmaker:

Q. After the success of Airlift I thought you would choose to make an original script, but surprisingly you chose to direct the remake of a Hollywood film, why?

Raja Krishna Menon: Well, that was sort of a conundrum, I have always written original scripts and then made them. When Vikram approached me for the film, we were shooting for Airlift in Jodhpur, and he said – hey what do you think of this film Chef? And I loved the film when I saw it, it has all the elements that are important to me I guess, it has food, there is travel and then there is the father and son relationship, so I told him it’s a fantastic film and if it’s in the right hands, it will make a great film to be made in India.

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Saif Ali Khan talks about Kaalakaandi, Sacred Games — and that Kangana Ranaut joke at IIFA

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

It’s been an eventful weekend for Saif Ali Khan. No sooner had Kaalakandi’s teaser released last week, than the news came in that he’ll be headlining Netflix’s first Indian original series Sacred Games. Two different projects and platforms tackling Mumbai’s famed underbelly, with Saif playing very distinctive characters. The actor has had some tough luck at the box office in the past couple of years, but his current professional choices look to redeem his image as an actor who balances mainstream and indie roles with Nawabi panache.

Then on Sunday was broadcast the 18th edition of IIFA from New York (actually New Jersey) that was jointly hosted by Karan Johar and Saif. For all the glitzy television spectacle that it was, the hosts were widely panned in the media for unexceptional humour, particularly the tone-deaf treatment of the Kangana-nepotism debate.

Widely regarded as someone who is reasonable and liberal in thoughts and views, Saif being a part of this insular gag, seemed out of touch with his personality. The kind of work he’s doing this year is testimony to the professional and personal introspection that he’s done.
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In a free-wheeling exclusive conversation, Saif, true to his forthright nature, fields every question thrown his way.

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Saif Ali Khan: “Don’t Call me a Nawab, I Would Rather be Known By My Name”

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

You know him as an actor, a husband and a father. But what was his own relationship with his great dad Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi? Saif Ali Khan reveals some intimate details

Saif Ali Khan is at an interesting crossroad in his life. As an actor, he is going from strength to strength, bringing variety and versatility to his repertoire. Forget the box office performance of Rangoon, it can’t be denied that the Vishal Bhardwaj film saw him at his complex best on screen. At the same time, he is balancing serious with the light and frothy fare like the forthcoming Race 3 and Chef. On the personal side, it’s his children who are in the limelight now – be it baby Taimur whose every move is documented or his daughter Sara Ali Khan who will be making her Bollywood debut soon and is already a social media sensation. His relationship with his children is somehow influenced by another big bond in his life – the one that he shared with his late dad Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. While the media is still obsessed with his marriage to Kareena Kapoor and his new fatherhood status, we get the Nawab to talk about his own father and how he was impacted by him. And by the way, Saif doesn’t like to be called Nawab – find out why.

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Sharmila Tagore feels pairing her with Saif Ali Khan or Soha in a movie may seem gimmicky

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on June 22, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

We haven’t been offered a film together, says the veteran actress…

Sharmila Tagore likes her privacy. The actress, who spends most of her time in Delhi and her ancestral home in Pataudi, is happy to spend her time with her friends and family in the real world rather than virtual. Here, the actress talks about her lack of technical knowledge, working with Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan and the kind of roles she would like to do…

Why don’t we see you in films anymore?

It’s not that I don’t like working in films. I do, and to act in a film, right from start camera to cut is beautiful. The kind of films Ratna Pathak Shah is doing are really nice. I thought she was brilliant in Kapoor & Sons, so there is some kind of recognition for elderly roles today. But the truth is, I have got lots of interesting stuff also going on and I keep myself engaged in that. It doesn’t mean that if I don’t work in films, I have nothing to offer. I am happy and contented so only if there’s a very good role, will I take it up. I have done it all and have a lot of experience, so I am not that interested to be involved. There’s a whole world out there to experience besides films.

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Saif Ali Khan talks about kids Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan and Taimur Ali Khan

Posted in Interview on June 16, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan on why he feels nervous about his children entering the acting profession

I met Saif Ali Khan at the Royal Opera Theatre. What an apt location for coffee and conversations with the Nawab. He is shooting for his next film Bazaar, and is dressed in a silk dhoti with a shawl draped over one shoulder. He looks dapper as usual, and ripped (that’s unusual). Did the paps photoshop a belly in Saif’s picture emerging from the gym last week, I wonder. The shot and pleasantries done, he offers me coffee. I’m sceptical, “It might be from a coffee shop, so might be really great, na?” He replies poker face, “It will be sh*t. But I’m asking one for myself.” Then pointing to the seats in the semi-dark, cool theatre, he says, “Should we go in the corner and do it?” I make a lame joke, “What if Bebo finds out?” We both laugh. To my envy and his joy, within minutes, his coffee arrives in a Starbucks cup. He explains or thinks aloud, “It’s probably just the cup from there and sh*t coffee inside.” Over the next one hour and sips of coffee, Saif talks about his upcoming films, his life, his wife, his work, children and none of it sounds rehearsed — most actors say the same things over and over again. To be fair, most actors are asked the same questions. With Saif, the questions take a backseat and it becomes a free-flowing chat. Read on for excerpts…

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Dinesh Vijan talks about working with Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

He has made various kinds of cinema — dark comedy, spy thriller, cute romances and complex relationships. His cinematic sensibility is cut from a different cloth, often not tailored for the usual Bollywood design. Yet, he makes the cut with subjects that are spiked with a heady mix of characters. Producer Dinesh Vijan, who has backed films like ‘Being Cyrus’, ‘Finding Fanny’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’, ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Badlapur’, turns director with the upcoming ‘Raabta’, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon. In a chat with BT, he tells us about his school of cinema, pushing boundaries and how his mistakes made him a better filmmaker. Read on…
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We live in a fear-based industry. That is the motivator, the prime mover, says Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

At the Express Adda held in Mumbai last week, actor Saif Ali Khan spoke to Deputy Editor Seema Chishti on the changes in Hindi cinema, censorship and being boxed in by identities.

Your mother, Sharmila Tagore, said in an interview that like all non-conformist parents, who want their kids to conform, she wanted her children to settle down but she added that you always preferred the sea to the comfort of the harbour. After your education abroad, you wanted to be an actor.

My dad (Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) said he can send me to a good school and university and that’s what he did. Sadly, after a while I lost all interest in academics and pursuing anything that would lead to a 9-5 job. When the late Mr BR Chopra visited Delhi and offered me an ad and something to do with movies, for the first time it gave me a sense of purpose. I was also fortunate to come into movies at a time when the audiences were quite forgiving. I had just returned from England, I used to speak Hindi with a little bit of an accent. But people and the press were kind. Even though I loved my profession, I felt no connection with the characters I played in the 90s. But Dil Chahta Hai changed that. For the first time, I wasn’t playing a version of Amitabh Bachchan or Shashi Kapoor but a guy in a t-shirt and shorts. Being a part of such a film was liberating.

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