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Omkara to Sacred Games to Tanhaji: Saif Ali Khan is always on the edge of tomorrow

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

This is what his directors Navdeep Singh, Imtiaz Ali and Vikramaditya Motwane had to say about the Chhote Nawab and his curious choice of roles.

The least feted of the Bollywood Khans is the most interesting of them all. One day he is ‘Chhote Nawab’ and next he is Uday Bhan Rathod, Aurangzeb’s most trusted and brutal general, in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.

Saif Ali Khan, now 49, keeps reinventing himself, while the other Khans increasingly stagnate, their stardom engulfing them and their craft.

And yet, Saif was the one who has had to least prove his credentials.

The last Nawab Begum of Bhopal was Saif Ali Khan’s grandmother, his grandfather and father, erstwhile Nawabs of Pataudi, both captained Team India in cricket. His mother, Sharmila Tagore, a celebrated actress, traces her lineage to Rabindranath Tagore through both her parents. He attended the last Viceroy of India Lord Louis Mountbatten’s old school, Lockers Park in Hertfordshire, and then went to the 600-year-old Winchester College in Hampshire where, among other things, he developed a taste for James Bond, Clint Eastwood and Alain Delon. Not exactly the breeding ground for someone whose most iconic role till now has been one of a desi Iago, aka Ishwar ‘Langda’ Tyagi, in Vishal Bhardwaj’s earthy recreation of Othello, Omkara (2006). And Saif’s opening dialogue was: “Bewakoof aur chutiya main dhage bhar ka pharak hota hai.”

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An unseen photo of Saif Ali Khan from Cocktail

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The original Khan – Saif Ali Khan cannot be pigeonholed

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

In the race for Bollywood’s most popular Saif, Saif Ali Saif has always finished fourth. Even so, he has made an impression with roles that have been varied and often challenging. He was Langda Tyagi in Omkara (2006), and again a manipulator in Being Cyrus (2006). Later, in Go Goa Gone (2013), he played a Punjabi zombie hunter who thought he was Russian. This year, we are seeing him again as Sartaj Singh in Netflix’s Sacred Games, an emotionally vulnerable police officer who struggles to save Mumbai. Later this year, in Navdeep Singh’s next, Laal Kaptaan, he will be seen playing a lone wolf who goes out on a hunting spree in 18th century India. Looking at his recent choices-Chef (2017) and Kaalakaandi (2017) included-it seems obvious that Saif is slowly growing impervious to staid formulas and box office collections.

“Sometimes when we work, we have to work for money, which means we have to follow the diktats of the market. But before Sacred Games, there was a time when I was surrendering more to the job than worrying about how it will be perceived,” says Saif. “You follow that and things fall into place.” Sacred Games is Saif’s way of treating his work more as an “artistic effort”, less an obligation. It’s this facet that made Krishna D.K., one half of the writer-director duo Raj & D.K., take the script of zombie comedy Go Goa Gone to him. On hearing the script, Saif called it “chu****** and crazy”. He agreed not just to star in the project but also produce it. “He has this childlike enthusiasm and curiosity. He also has a basic instinct to do something special,” says D.K.. “There’s a drive in him-sometimes it works, sometimes it fails.”

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Producer Dinesh Vijan is excited to work with Saif Ali Khan on ‘Go Goa Gone 2’

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

When ‘Go Goa Gone’ released in 2013, the film was the first of its kind – an Indian zombie comedy – and thanks to its edgy plot, it amassed a fan base. Directed by Raj and DK, the film featured Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Puja Gupta and Anand Tiwari.

Now, we hear that a sequel to the film is in the works. In a recent interview, producer Dinesh Vijan shared that ‘Go Goa Gone 2’ will go on floors next year. At the moment, they are waiting for the director duo to finish the script, a draft of which will be ready by the end of this month.

Talking about his association with Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh said that the most exciting part about ‘Go Goa Gone 2’ is getting to work with Saif again. He said that it has been a while and that he really missed him. In the past, the two have collaborated as producers on films like ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (2009), ‘Cocktail’ (2012) and ‘Agent Vinod’ (2015). Dinesh even addressed the reports that the two had their share of differences, but that’s a thing of the past.

National Awkward Moments Day | Saif Ali Khan in Cocktail

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Why is Saif Ali Khan un-‘Saif’ today?

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

When was Saif Ali Khan’s last solo success? Almost six years ago with home production Cocktail, a youth-oriented niche product that made a slim profit. Saif co-produced in 2012. When was the 10th Nawab of Pataudi’s last hit? Five years ago, ladies and gentlemen, in Race 2!

Yes, in 2013, he also co-produced and acted in the “zombie comedy” Go Goa Gone, which has now become a cult movie. In those days, the not-inexpensive film just broke even along with its worldwide earnings. In any case, its urban and urbane sophistication and even the humour clearly indicated a multiplex movie that was superlative. Like (very rare) offbeat movies, it deserved to be made on a judicious budget just for what it is. But every offbeat day is not Sunday!

The scenario since has been terrible. Saif has always balanced his assignments between solo leads and ensemble films, between commercial and midstream movies, but since then, it has been an alarming trajectory of flops or usually disasters (the degree of failure being much more).

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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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