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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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Audio : interview with Saif Ali Khan at Express Adda

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on April 24, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan on Taimur: He is not the only star kid in town, there are so many

Posted in Interview with tags , , , on March 20, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan says his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan’s comments about him on a chat show were “very sweet”.

Ever since his debut, Saif Ali Khan has been considered one of the most suave and polished personalities around. And it looks like his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan agrees with that notion. During a recent appearance on Karan Johar’s chat show, Koffee With Karan, Kareena said, “There’s no one like Saif (since) the combination of being so mentally and physically sexy is not possible. I think he was the last of that era.”

When asked about Kareena’s comment, Saif says, “I think Bebo is being very kind. That’s a very sweet thing to say. She is my wife, so it’s obviously nice if she thinks that. But I am sure there are lots of [other] amazing people everywhere, and it’s not just me (laughs). I think, at 46, you are aware of the history and you are quite contemporary, too.”

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Taimur is already popular, I don’t plan to hide him: Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Interview with tags , , on March 11, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Insisting that he doesn’t believe in ‘nazar lagna’, Saif Ali Khan says his youngest child is “already a bit of a popular chap” so they will have to teach him to be “grounded”.

Being under the spotlight isn’t new for Saif Ali Khan. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the birth of his third child, Taimur Ali Khan, became national news. However, the news was also coupled with a number of controversies. We catch up with the actor to talk to him about his son, wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and more.

You are set to complete 25 years in Bollywood. How do you look back at your journey?

When I started doing films, I was completely clueless. I had no idea (about anything). I don’t think I was taking it seriously. I thought I was being earnest. But now, in retrospect, I think I wasn’t taking anything seriously. However, over the years, I have been lucky in the sense that the audience, directors and producers have been very patient and calm. I also worked with amazing stars like Salman (Khan), Shah Rukh (Khan), Aamir (Khan), Akshay (Kumar) and Ajay Devgn. I have learnt something from all these guys.

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Saif Ali Khan is at his straight-talking best in his interview

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on February 26, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

IN A CAREER SPANNING over two decades, Saif Ali Khan has gone from being the boy no one took seriously to a poster boy for the urban Indian man, to a man finding his comfort zone as an actor- producer. His sharp wit, worldly intellect and sobering realness reflect the many worlds he has traversed personally and professionally. The 46-year-old father of a newborn, Taimur, takes time out to discuss his legacy and why acting like a twit to promote a movie is the worst part of his job.

Do you ever think about your legacy? About how you’d like to be remembered as an actor?

I’d like to be remembered as an actor who took some chances. And someone, who did a mixture of commercial stuff as well as films to promote something independent and interesting. (Pause) I’ve not thought of my legacy as an actor, but I think, I do represent a section of the audience, who are not 100 per cent mainstream, but a little more urban.

The reason I ask is that you started off doing ‘masala’ films. Then, in the early 2000s, you were one of the first actors to experiment with ‘multiplex’ films like Ek Hasina Thi, Dil Chahta Hai and so on. But then you turned producer and veered away from a content-driven niche.

I think you’re absolutely right. Perhaps I got a little waylaid, or bored, or side-tracked with other things; my personal life took preference and maybe I did not focus so much on being an interesting actor as I did on the commercials. And I think I have paid a price for that. I had a bit of a wake-up call, and I’m certainly back to thinking the way I was. If you look at my films this year, the first thing I turned to was a Vishal Bhardwaj movie, and thank God I did (chuckles). I’m lucky to get the chance, despite the mess of the years before. To be Vishal’s first choice, Akshat’s (Verma) first choice, Raja Menon’s first choice is like an achievement, and I need to prove myself and the credibility of my acting with these three movies [Rangoon, Kaalakandi and Chef, respectively]. And I think I have the capability of doing it. I know times are changing fast, and nothing can be taken for granted.

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Saif Ali Khan on Rangoon and what has affected his choice of films over the years

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on February 24, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

The last time Saif Ali Khan was seen on the big screen was in August 2015. The film was Phantom. Post that, Saif took a conscious call to pick up diverse genres. One such film was Rangoon. Even though he was well aware of the fact it would be a while before the film hit the screen — given that it was made on an epic scale — he was game for it all. Excerpts from our interview…

Rangoon is your 50th film as a lead actor. Comment.

These milestones are nice to know. Good to see one achieve it. When I look at my contemporaries like Akshay or the three Khans who started before I did — they’ve raised the age barrier — that’s something impressive for me. Internationally, too, artistes are doing that. They are working harder and looking better. I am looking forward to doing that as well.

You seem to be enjoying the era.

I enjoy this time period. The ’40s was a stylish era. Today, the world has become casual in some departments. I wasn’t always comfortable playing a part like the one I play in Rangoon. The truth is, over the years I have grown and evolved as person. I am more sure about what I like and what I don’t. I have been in the industry for a while now. I have been reading and travelling. So many things have added to this persona of mine that you see today. All of that combined has made me much more comfortable slipping into the world of Rangoon. I know it better now.

You have gone back in time for films like Parineeta (1960s) and Hamesha (’70s) though. What can you tell us about doing the same for Rangoon (’40s)?

Even though I was born in the 1970s, I was exposed to the life and times of the ’40s. At that time, many films based on World War II were being seen. The Guns of Navarone, The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Bridge Too Far — these were very popular films and I grew up on them. There are so many heroic stories of that time. With Rangoon, that era is being revisited, and I am glad to be part of it all.
This will be your first film that arrives after the birth of Taimur. Does that make it special?

I don’t really think in those terms. As much as possible, personal life goes on and works goes on, too. There isn’t really any connection. Moreover, he is also far too young to realise that his dad has a film releasing this Friday.

Saif Ali Khan: I’m not on social media but I don’t have a problem with it

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on February 23, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

The last time Saif Ali Khan teamed up with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj was for ‘Omkara’ in 2006, when he played Langda Tyagi. His portrayal of the character was widely appreciated by his fans. Now, the two are back together with ‘Rangoon’, which also stars Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut. timesofindia.com caught up with Saif and got him talking about the controversy that blew out of proportion when he named his son Taimur, his daughter Sara’s film debut, his views on social media, movies and more.

How would you describe this phase of your life?

I am content in every way. I’d like to balance my life – I am healthy, I have a good personal life, good friends and I am financially secure, touch wood! I am missing doing some creative work. I would definitely like to do some creative and good work.

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