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Actor Saif Ali Khan on Tuesday said people are overreacting when they talk about intolerance and this kind of thing has been happening in India for a long time. In conversation with The Indian Express Deputy Editor Seema Chishti at the Express Adda in Mumbai, the actor said: “It’s nothing new. The voices that you hear, I think, because of social media have become easy to hear but they have always been there.”
Saif not only answered all questions lobbed at him, he did it with panache and empathy. Asked about India turning more right wing, he said: “Things are changing. Everything is becoming a little more right-wing. But that’s not happening only in India, it’s happening across the world.” He went on to narrate an incident in Paris restaurant where he was having dinner with an Italian filmmaker. “We started chatting. After a few minutes he said, ‘Oh! You are a Muslim?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ he replied, “Don’t tell anyone!” I kind of smiled and thought that this is the prevalent attitude now. I feel it less in my own country than in some places abroad,” the actor said.
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.”
Several Bollywood celebrities such as Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan and Shraddha Kapoor, wished a colourful Holi to their fans and urged them to play the festival of colours in a safe and eco-friendly manner.
Apart from extending vibrant greetings, stars also shared their favourite childhood Holi memories and emphasised on the innate significance of the celebration.
Saif called for a subtle yet bright Holi and said the festival holds a special place in his heart.
“Holi used to be the most fun, colourful and festive celebration of the year in my childhood. Now, we have mellowed (it) slightly… Environmental awareness and the shortage of water leads to a slightly more responsible attitude…”
“And I look forward to a bar-b-que by the pool, a bit of colour and a nice family day!! Happy Holi India!! Have a blast!! (with non-permanent colour please!!)” Saif said .
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.