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I wasn’t there so much for Saif Ali Khan as I was for Soha and Saba: Sharmila Tagore

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Sharmila Tagore is candid and forthright while expressing her thoughts. The actress does very few films now and is happy to spend her time surrounded by family and friends. She shuttles between Delhi and her ancestral home in Pataudi. While son Saif recently became dad for the third time, her daughter Soha is now expecting her first baby. Here the actress talks about being a nani for the first time and the advice she has for her beti.

You became a daadi last year and will become a nani this year. How is it going to be different?

I don’t think there’s any difference as such in the family, but yes, it is a bit, as it’s my daughter now, who is giving birth. Kareena’s mum was more anxious when she was expecting as I am today when Soha is. It’s the mother-daughter bond. I think it’s quite a big decision for women to have children. In our time, I don’t think we thought so much about it. We just went and had them and of course, life is not fun-filled and not complete if you don’t have them. It’s a wonderful thing when you think about it. I felt so much closer to my mother after I had babies. It bonds a mother and daughter more.

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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

People are overreacting when they talk about intolerance, it’s always been there: Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , on April 19, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

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.

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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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“Holi holds a special place in my heart” : Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , on March 13, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

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 .

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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