Archive for Hum Tum

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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Would you like to watch Sara Ali Khan in Hum Tum remake? Saif has approved, btw

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on May 2, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Sara Ali Khan is one star-kid who has caught the fancy of many filmmakers. While the young girl is yet to make her debut, daddy Saif Ali Khan told us he approves of a Hum Tum remake for Sara.

Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara is a favourite subject of the internet and enjoys an air of curiosity around her. The 24-year-old has garnered a considerable fan following even before her debut film. Last week we saw Sara Ali Khan step out of her chic and gorgeous fashion space, in a svelte saree for Sandeep Khosla’s niece Saudamini Mattu’s wedding. But it was her dance performance to Vishwatma’s hit track Saat Samundar Paar which instantly got attention flooding Sara’s way. The young star-kid already has landed two big banner films in her kitty, daddy Saif Ali Khan has one in mind too.

Sara Ali Khan is one actress who has caught the fancy of many filmwallahs in Bollywood. While mommy Amrita Singh has been very selective of the scripts her daughter chooses, Saif Ali Khan, on the other hand, has been supportive of whatever his young girl decides. But he did reveal his choice to us, on one certain occasion. While speaking about Kaalakaandi, we had exclusively asked the actor if he had to pick one of his past films and cast daughter Sara in its remake, which one would it be? Pat came his reply, ‘Hum Tum.’

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Saif Ali Khan on Yash Chopra – He saved my career by giving me a chance in his multistarrer movies

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Yash Chopra’s movies defined Romance in Bollywood and his movies led to the breakthrough of many actors including Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Juhi Chawla, Anushka Sharma just to name a few.

One such actor who started his journey with a Yash Chopra movie Saif Ali Khan when he starred in the filmmaker’s directorial Parampara alongside Aamir Khan. Though the drama was not a hit, Saif and Yash Ji would go on to collaborate in movies like Yeh Dillagi, Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Tashan and Roadside Romeo.

As today marks Yash Ji’s birth anniversary, Saif spoke candidly about the legendary filmmaker and the fond memories he shared with him. The actor said, “I loved Yash Ji! I must have been close to him than any other filmmaker. He saved my career by giving me a chance in his multistarrer and standing by me. We would have very funny chats. He was so young at heart and it was always heartwarming to see him every time. His filmmaking style was unique and relaxed and absolutely everyone on set adored him.”

Saif continued, “We would all shoot like a family and sing songs in the bus in Switzerland. He would just stop the bus sometimes and say, ‘Ok, let’s do this scene here!’ Or later say, ‘Ok Saif, let’s do your song cut here.’ This way a lot of work would get done. He was the last of the movie Moguls! With his departure, an era ended.”

Flashback: 13 years of Saif Ali Khan’s Hum Tum

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on May 30, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Hum Tum has clocked 13 years today. The much loved rom-com had brought in a refreshing take on love, marriages and relationship, albeit in a very amusing and mature fashion. Kunal Kohli’s film had won many laurels.

Saif Ali Khan had also won the National Award for this film. His performance as the goofy Karan Kapoor got the audiences cheering for him. But it was Rani Mukerji’s Rhea which drove home all the glory. But do you know that Saif wasn’t actually the first choice for the film?

In a recent interview, Kunal Kohli, the director revealed, “I always wanted to work with Rani [Mukerji] and we shared a great equation but it’s a little funny how Saif was finalised for the film. Saif wasn’t the first choice and we went to a lot of actors but no one was interested in taking up the character. In fact, we had gone to Hrithik (Roshan) with it and he said no because he was a little uncomfortable doing it. Couple of his films had not worked during that time and he was not sure if he wanted to do a comedy genre. However, when Hrithik came for the screening of the film before its release, he told me that it’s a sure shot hit film. He said that he couldn’t t have done what Saif had done in the film.”

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Getting Reel with Saif Ali Khan – he talks about his movies

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

RANGOON (2017)

Vishal Bhardwaj has the talent to create a world of his own, give his characters fascinating quirks and draw you out as a performer. His upcoming film, Rangoon, took me to the jungles of Arunachal Pradesh, into huts where you lived out of a sleeping bag. It gave me a chance to wear the stiff-as-cardboard shirts from my Winchester college days in England and the Trilby hats I usually get to dust out only when Kareena and I are at Gstaad during New Year’s. It also gave me a chance to research cufflinks and ties, inhabit the world of Hollywood’s ’40s heroes like Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn, and my grandfather Iftikhar Ali Khan

I loved this journey into the past and my only regret is that I forgot the white gloves lying in my wardrobe which would have looked so good with the black dinner jackets. Rustom Billimoria is an action hero-turned-studio boss. The physicality of the role was a challenge because Rusi’s lost his right hand while doing a stunt and this meant I had to do everything left handed, even a sword fight. That wasn’t too difficult actually since I’ve had some practise playing cricket left-handed.

A couple of days into the first schedule, Vishal who’d asked me to bulk up for the role given the guy’s action background, felt I should cut down a bit. I told him it was too late, besides I’ve seen guys in the gym working out with one hand so it was okay. During our earlier film, Omkara, Vishal was less busy. This time, he had his hands full and I had to prep up more though he still contributed to my performance. And the artistic integrity I found on the sets of Omkara I discovered again only in Rangoon. That, I’d say, is the magic of Vishal Bhardwaj!

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RANKED: 5 Best Performances Of Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Even the biggest Saif Ali Khan fan will have to admit that the actor’s career is in a downward spiral at the moment. The talented actor, who has given some stellar performances in films has been struggling in the past few years. And it’s not just that the actor isn’t doing good movies, his average/bad movies are also not doing well commercially. And this for an actor, no matter how much experience he/she has, can be a scary proposition.

So, while we wait and see how his upcoming movies pan out, let’s take this moment to recall the aforementioned stellar performances of his career:

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Bollywood’s transitioning love stories – Saif Ali Khan’s Love Aaj Kal and Hum Tum

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2016 by saifalikhanonline

Karan & Rhea in ‘Hum Tum’ (2004)

Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Karan a cartoonist by profession and a Romeo by heart. He has a laid back sort of attitude and believes that girls are like buses because if one goes there is no need to worry as another one will come. He first catches a glimpse of Rhea (Rani Mukerji) at an airport and then starts to befriend her on the flight. However things end on a sour note when he kisses her and she retaliates by slapping him. They meet some months later in New York then a few years later at Rhea’s wedding. Now another few years have passed and Karan is in Paris looking for a story for his comic and by chance he meets Rhea on the train.

With time they become the best of friends and Rhea realises that perhaps their relationship is more than friendship. Unfortunately Karan isn’t aware that he is in love until Rhea walks out of his life. After searching for Rhea around the world he loses hope and decides to write a book using his cartoon characters Hum and Tum which does extremely well. As Karan is leaving a press conference he meets Rhea who has read his book. They both express their love for one another and the end of the film they are seen at the hospital happily watching their new born child.

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