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Before Laal Kaptaan, a defence of Saif Ali Khan, the most exciting Bollywood star of his generation

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

He doesn’t always make it easy to like him, but Saif Ali Khan hardly deserves to be written off. That Nawabi attitude doesn’t help — those off-putting comments about nepotism and comparing actors to race horses — especially in an industry where success is often gauged by the number of years one has spent in ‘struggle’. But Saif’s royal heritage and tendency to make tone-deaf statements at the most inopportune moments have often distracted from the real thing — his work.

To put it quite plainly, even if Leonardo DiCaprio were to call himself a ‘movie star’ on national TV (with the insinuation that being one makes him special in some way), you’d be justified in feeling embarrassed for him. But for Saif to say such things – during an episode of Koffee with Karan aired in the middle of one of the worst phases of his career, no less – is perhaps one of the reasons people have been repelled by his films lately. Because once you separate his work from the whiff of privilege he gives off — privilege that he readily agrees to being blessed by — Saif Ali Khan is by far the most exciting actor working in Bollywood today.

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Saif Ali Khan on his recent films failing at box office: It’s not that big a tragedy yet

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan holds forth on his unconventional film choices and how daughter Sara Ali Khan’s career is shaping up

After a spate of films that didn’t manage to strike a chord at the box office, Saif Ali Khan has been in an introspective mood. But having said that, the actor takes responsibility for the films’ failures and looks at the bright side of his choices.

While admitting that his films not working is a matter of concern, he is still happy with the kind of movies he has done. “It’s worrisome because these were the films that I had thought I had done really well in. There is always a fear and I sometimes feel nobody wants to see my films anymore,” says a very candid Saif. “But I don’t know if it’s true and I don’t think that it’s just me that people don’t want to see. It’s dangerous to be egoistic, even if you’re victimising yourself,” adds the Chef (2017) actor.

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Unseen photo of Saif Ali Khan from Kaalakaandi

Posted in Photos with tags , , , on April 25, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan on NDTV Spotlight

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Saif Ali Khan and team of Kaalakaandi play Never Have I Ever

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on January 25, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

In Defence of Saif Ali Khan: Smart Choices, Great Acting Keep Him Relevant

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

In an industry where you are as good as your last release, it is not surprising that obituaries are already pouring in for Saif Ali Khan’s supposed ‘sinking career’ post the box-office failure of Kaalakaandi – his eighth flop in a row. But that’s not a first for Saif.

Remember the barrage of bad films – Aashiq Awara, Imtihaan, Bambai Ka Babu, Aao Pyaar Karen – he acted in the 1990s, with critics and audiences pulling the noose on him almost unanimously?

Saif’s 25-year career has had ups and down – he has a history of being written off and bouncing back resiliently. If Main Khiladi Tu Anari salvaged him in the 90s, his boisterous energy in Dil Chahta Hai made us gush over him in the 2000s. Omkara established him as a performer par excellence, placing him in the breed of serious actors.

It is remarkable that he has managed to retain his sanity amidst a flurry of sly remarks and unsolicited advice after Kaalakaandi failed to set the box office ringing. But are we jumping the gun in drawing curtains over the Chhote Nawab’s film career? Going by his unusual cine-curve, we sure are.

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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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