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Saif Ali Khan on Sacred Games 2: Second season is quite twisted; it’s more of a thriller now as we’re at the climax

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

A large section of audience after watching Sacred Games have felt that you are an underrated actor and the web show is probably your best after action thriller Race (2008). You are also praised for pulling off a sardar, Sartaj Singh, quite convincingly. How would you react?

As far as underrated goes, I don’t know what to say except that I suppose box office plays quite a major part in that. Being a good actor is not really enough. I think you have to be part of films and projects that people want to see, and idea that resonates with them. Earlier, it was easier when producers knew exactly what they were doing and now, with so many corporates coming and with so many ideas… of course, sometimes it is easy to make the wrong kind of movie, and it is linked to all that. But I am quite happy because I’m not much into past success or failure, and I have reacted quite positively in the sense that I have tried to do the best work I can.If people are noticing that then it is great. To me, environment, and how you choose to spend your time is also very important. So the environment on the Netflix set is creative and intelligent, and you hit the right zone sometimes. Lot of that is dependent on so many different factors and it can all boil down to good luck really.

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Saif Ali Khan on Sacred Games 2

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on July 27, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan is set to return with the second season of Sacred Games that arrives on Netflix on August 15.

Saif Ali Khan’s tryst with web happened when the actor wasn’t doing too many Bollywood films. Glad that he took the plunge, he feels the risk only paid off and also added a “dimension” to him as an actor.

You were the first Bollywood A-lister who forayed into web. Were you confident of the medium?

If you say that I’m an actor who is willing to take chances, is platform agnostic, then yes, I agree with that. Fear is a bit of a deterrent. I’m not afraid and willing to try stuff, provided it is artistic. … the environment created on set (for Sacred Games) was a very rarefied one, with people being intelligent, artistic, and doing the best acting they possibly could, the best writing and cinematography. If that’s the case, I am willing to do almost anything. If money is good, work is good, what more do you want?

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Saif Ali Khan on son Ibrahim Ali Khan: ‘I definitely think all of my children would be interested in acting’

Posted in Interview on July 23, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

He belongs to a rare breed of actors, who aren’t afraid to take risks, and want to be free from the constraints of any ‘image’. Just when you thought there was nothing more to actor Saif Ali Khan than the suave and stylish characters he played in many films in recent times, he dared to go the web way, when no other major film star was keen on it. And it won’t be wrong to say that Sacred Games in a way resurrected his career and he is all set to reprise the same magic again.

Saif, currently in London for the shoot of his next film, takes out some time for a chat with us:

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Saif Ali Khan: Behind actors’ outwardly glamorous lives, there is a long list of missed birthdays and anniversaries

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on June 11, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Bollywood’s chotte nawab Saif Ali Khan was in the news recently, after the pictures of him holidaying in Tuscany with wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and son Taimur, went viral. The actor, who has now made his television debut as a narrator on the show ‘Kahan Hum Kahan Tum’, tells BT that spending time with family is a luxury for actors.

He says, “When I come home after work and find Taimur sleeping, I feel bad. We shoot long hours, but if I haven’t packed up even after 8 pm, I feel uncomfortable because it means taking away time from my son. In my growing-up years, my parents taught me about the importance of respecting family space. My father (Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) was a cricketer and mother (Sharmila Tagore) is an actress, and they both had hectic schedules. However, we learnt that it is important to talk about other things, too, at home and that’s how life becomes beautiful.”

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Saif Ali Khan: I don’t want to be stuck with an image

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan on the creative renaissance in Hindi cinema which encourages him to push the envelope

Your sartorial choices are as eclectic as your films. In this age of Insta-perfection, it’s nice to see a movie star who dresses down.

I’ve been working on two films, Tanhaji and Hunter, which are all about get-ups, beards and headgears. I’m so focussed on getting the look right on screen that I don’t concern myself on how I look off it. I’m not a fashion meter, nor do I want to be one. It’s okay to dress down, even repeat a certain outfit. I can dress up when there’s a need for it, but to walk to the gym opposite my home, I’m not going to worry about whether I’m looking good. The idea about working out is to look good physically, right? Look at Rajinikanth, he’s the biggest superstar but doesn’t feel the need to wear a wig in public. Unfortunately, I live with the biggest internet star, Taimur Ali Khan, so the paparazzi is always parked outside and I get clicked often. If you ask my two-year-old son where the media is, he will point out of the window.

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Saif Ali Khan talks about travelling in Condé Nast Magazine

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on December 18, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

You just went on a holiday to the Maldives along with [Saif’s sister] Soha and her family. What was that like?
Kareena Kapoor Khan: Actually we’ve been to the Maldives many times, but this was our son, Taimur’s first visit, which was special. Plus the Soneva Fushi is a very different kind of resort—rustic, more about the environment. It’s lush and green—the texture of the entire place is very different to places we’ve stayed at before, so that was lovely.

Family holidays can be quite stressful, right?
Saif Ali Khan: There’s always a slight disconnect between the ideal picture one has of a family holiday and the reality of it. But that’s all right, we keep trying! In this social media age, people just post pictures on Instagram of the happy times, so everyone just sees these amazing dinners and these great laughs. But there are arguments, and that’s also part of it. There’s no way, or even need, to avoid it. There is no fix for it—it’s called family.

So do you have any tips on how to make it work?
Saif Ali Khan: One way, of course, is to go snorkelling and not speak to each other for a while! But on a serious note, it depends on how many days you have and what people like to do. It’s important that everyone likes the location. We took my mother to the Maldives once, but she hates the beach and the sun and humidity. We still had fun, but she likes cold places. So don’t surprise someone and take them to a place they won’t want to be.

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Bollywood Bookshelf: The books that shaped Saif Ali Khan’s thinking

Posted in Interview with tags , , on December 11, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan reveals his love for Bertie Wooster, and says the movie of his that’d make a good book, is Cocktail!

An incredible actor and passionate reader, Saif Ali Khan’s sophisticated taste in books is reflective of his work as an artist. Despite the constant flow of scripts into his reading time, he still makes time for a classic book. His impressive library, filled with first editions and signed copies, would make any bookworm jealous (including me!). As an actor, there are certain iconic characters that have made him who he is today; he’s always kept them close to his heart. Saif made time to have a quick chat with me about all things literary!

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