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Video interview: Saif Ali Khan Interview on Sacred Games

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Saif Ali Khan On Playing An Underdog On Screen

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Saif Ali Khan: I would love to do something at a global level

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on July 16, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

“It’s fantastic that people have liked it,” says an elated Saif Ali Khan about his first web series, Sacred Games. Not only the series, but his nuanced act is also being praised by audiences and critics alike.

Saif is among the first top starts to experiment with a full-fledged web show. The actor, who just returned from London, talks about his recent success and more.

Did you anticipate this level of response to the series?
We always hope for the best and worry about the worst. It’s a nice feeling and a beautiful experience working with the streaming service. The makers Vikramaditya (Motwane) and Anurag Kashyap, have got it right. It’s pretty high quality stuff. People are also talking on the level which is more global about an Indian show.

This makes me feel that I’ve understood my job and can do it on a globally acceptable level.

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From Sartaj In Sacred Games To A Naga Bounty Hunter In His Next, Saif Ali Khan Talks About Experimenting

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on July 12, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Actors who have been around for a long time are an interesting breed. It’s fascinating to observe how their filmography evolves, at what age they’re ready to embrace the greys and play father, and whether they grow more reclusive or feel the need to be in the public eye constantly. Importantly, does age teach them restraint in an industry where the USPs are excess and extravagance? To be fair to Saif Ali Khan, he hasn’t really been one for excess. At 47, he’s already completed 25 years in the Hindi film industry and there’s plenty to look back on, but I don’t suppose there’s too much he’d cringe at. The floppy mane he sported back when he made his debut was quite a trend; the thin voice and goofy smile set him apart — in fact, I see them as some of the reasons why film makers cast him in romcoms and comedies, which after all these years are among his biggest hits.

He wasn’t the greatest actor to begin with. A quick internet search tells me he was kicked out of his to-be debut film, Bekhudi, for being *gasp* unprofessional. And from 1993 to 2000, he had occasional success in a selection of films I can best describe as random. In 2001, Dil Chahta Hai came and turned it all around. For five or six years after that, Khan would enjoy the peak of his popularity. Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste would make him the king of romcoms; Omkara would show the world he could really act; Ek Hasina Thi and Being Cyrus would go on the list of his more successful experiments.

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Sacred Games: Saif Ali Khan On Playing A Sikh Cop, Learning Punjabi And His Love For Mumbai

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

“In my mind, Sartaj Singh would be a tough guy. So I included some parathas in my diet and learned a little bit of Punjabi,” said Saif Ali Khan .

Saif Ali Khan stars in a new web show, Sacred Games directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The story is set in Mumbai, it follows the life of gangster Ganesh Gaitonde played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Saif plays Sartaj Singh, a Sikh cop who has got in touch with Gaitonde. In this interview with NDTV, Saif speaks about his character, the new trend of web shows and how these platforms will not be a threat to cinema halls.

Q: Before doing a show on Netflix, were you watching any web shows?

Saif Ali Khan: “Yes, I did watch a lot of shows like Narcos, Crown, Stranger Things, House Of Cards, etc. I consume a lot of web shows, I like good content. I don’t watch TV; I am a web show audience.”

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Saif Ali Khan: “I’m Interested to Read What the Reviewers Have to Say”

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on July 6, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Sacred Games is set to release in a few days. Nervous to see how audiences react to it?

I’m quite interested to read what the reviewers have to say about Scared Games and of course what people feel. I’ve been pretty lucky, in the sense when I have worked hard people have usually appreciated my work. Vikramaditya Motwane has directed me well in Sacred Games, and together we’ve made something special.

What aspects of Sartaj Singh’s character do you find most interesting?

I found it interesting that Sartaj was not very heroic as a cop, contrary to what we see in Bollywood films, where they’re all super humans. He’s isolated and at an all-time low. He’s the only sardar around, and looks different from the rest and that kind of bothers him and sets him apart too. He’s honest and troubled at the same time. He gets this amazing chance to fix his life and that arch of him becoming a hero is interesting.

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“Saif Ali Khan brought a lot of emotion to the character” : Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane talks about Sacred Games

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on July 5, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane have been long-time collaborators. The filmmakers are not just partners at Phantom Films but have worked in each other’s films in different capacities. For Sacred Games, Netflix’s first Indian original series based on Vikram Chandra’s 006 thriller, both wear directors’ hats. “We just directed two different timelines, threw it against the wall to see what stuck. It was deliberate, we wanted two different feels for two different characters,” said Motwane.

In the first four episodes, the Gaitonde timeline, directed by Kashyap, and Motwane’s Sartaj merge seamlessly to deliver a taut underworld thriller. We sat with the duo at JW Marriott in Juhu in Mumbai to talk about casting Saif Ali Khan as Sartaj Singh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Gaitonde and shooting on the streets on Mumbai.

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