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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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Saif Ali Khan: Lesser known facts

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

1/15 Story of how Saif Ali Khan prepared for his role in ‘Go Goa Gone’ will leave you puzzled

Raj and DK’s ‘Go Goa Gone’ remains one of the first and only zombie movies Bollywood has ever had. While the fans await the makers to come up with the second instalment of the film, we got hold of a small detail pertaining to the first part.

According to reports, for Saif, who played the role of Boris, it was a task to get into the skin of his character who sported a golden hair and faked a Russian accent. The makers, it is said, came up with an idea to help Saif go ahead with his character. They got him ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ by Max Brooks which apparently has a hilarious take on a zombie invasion. Needless to say, Saif pulled off his character with ease.

The makers are reportedly now returning with the sequel to the film. The shooting for the film will start in January, next year.

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15 years of Kal Ho Naa Ho – Saif Ali Khan as Rohit

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , on November 29, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Unseen photo of Saif Ali Khan on the set of Kal Ho Naa Ho

Posted in Photos with tags , , , , , , on January 30, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

14 years of Kal Ho Naa Ho: 14 unforgettable things about the Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta film

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

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions boasts of candy-floss films made on a larger than life canvas. While KJo doesn’t mind selling dreams through his films, some of them have become an integral part of our growing up years. And one such movie is Kal Ho Naa Ho. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan, this one spoke about finding happiness in the most tragic moments of life. Said to be loosely inspired from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand, Kal Ho Naa Ho made us laugh and cry, leaving a mark in our memories.

The Nikhil Advani directorial completes 14 years today. We take a walk through the film to list 14 best things about Kal Ho Naa Ho that are as fresh in our minds even today, as they were in 2003 when it released.

1. Preity Zinta’s glasses

Kal Ho Naa Ho was produced by Karan Johar and starred Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan.

These surely became a rage way back then. The nerdy glasses suited Preity’s dull and boring life well. Soon, we saw teenagers wearing them around, even if they were just meant for a fashion statement!

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Saif Ali Khan confirms being approached for Nikhil Advani’s Batla House

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on June 3, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif considers the cop role in Batla House, his second with Nikkhil Advani after Baazaar

After a no-show 2016, this year, Saif Ali Khan has as many as four releases (Rangoon released earlier this year, Kaalakandi and Chef will follow, and he is currently filming Baazaar). And if all goes well, the actor will sign another film with Nikkhil Advani (who’s producing Baazaar).

He is in talks for Nikkhil’s next directorial, based on the Batla House encounter. The filmmaker has already announced what it’s about (see box). Our source tells us, “Nikkhil wanted an older, experienced actor to play the role of Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma. He has already bounced the idea to Saif and he has liked it.”

Saif confirms the development but adds, “We haven’t signed anything yet. We are talking about it. But I’m still sinking into Baazaar. Once I get comfortable, we will start talking about it.”

Saif has previously worked with Nikkhil in Kal Ho Naa Ho and now, Baazaar. Batla House will be their third film together.

About the Batla House encounter

The infamous Batla House encounter case shook Delhi in 2008. The story is about how a tough cop nailed down terrorists and even lost his life while nabbing the culprits. A national debate had followed suit.

Saif’s first cop act

If Saif signs Batla house, it will be the first time in his career that he will be seen as a cop. The actor has played a spy or a secret agent in Agent Vinod and Phantom, but has never donned the khaki uniform unlike all his contemporaries who have played cops.

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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