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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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The original Khan – Saif Ali Khan cannot be pigeonholed

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

In the race for Bollywood’s most popular Saif, Saif Ali Saif has always finished fourth. Even so, he has made an impression with roles that have been varied and often challenging. He was Langda Tyagi in Omkara (2006), and again a manipulator in Being Cyrus (2006). Later, in Go Goa Gone (2013), he played a Punjabi zombie hunter who thought he was Russian. This year, we are seeing him again as Sartaj Singh in Netflix’s Sacred Games, an emotionally vulnerable police officer who struggles to save Mumbai. Later this year, in Navdeep Singh’s next, Laal Kaptaan, he will be seen playing a lone wolf who goes out on a hunting spree in 18th century India. Looking at his recent choices-Chef (2017) and Kaalakaandi (2017) included-it seems obvious that Saif is slowly growing impervious to staid formulas and box office collections.

“Sometimes when we work, we have to work for money, which means we have to follow the diktats of the market. But before Sacred Games, there was a time when I was surrendering more to the job than worrying about how it will be perceived,” says Saif. “You follow that and things fall into place.” Sacred Games is Saif’s way of treating his work more as an “artistic effort”, less an obligation. It’s this facet that made Krishna D.K., one half of the writer-director duo Raj & D.K., take the script of zombie comedy Go Goa Gone to him. On hearing the script, Saif called it “chu****** and crazy”. He agreed not just to star in the project but also produce it. “He has this childlike enthusiasm and curiosity. He also has a basic instinct to do something special,” says D.K.. “There’s a drive in him-sometimes it works, sometimes it fails.”

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#13YearsToOmkara – Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi

Posted in Photos with tags , , , , on July 29, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

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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Which Saif Ali Khan character do you like best?

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

From Sartaj In Sacred Games To A Naga Bounty Hunter In His Next, Saif Ali Khan Talks About Experimenting

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on July 12, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Actors who have been around for a long time are an interesting breed. It’s fascinating to observe how their filmography evolves, at what age they’re ready to embrace the greys and play father, and whether they grow more reclusive or feel the need to be in the public eye constantly. Importantly, does age teach them restraint in an industry where the USPs are excess and extravagance? To be fair to Saif Ali Khan, he hasn’t really been one for excess. At 47, he’s already completed 25 years in the Hindi film industry and there’s plenty to look back on, but I don’t suppose there’s too much he’d cringe at. The floppy mane he sported back when he made his debut was quite a trend; the thin voice and goofy smile set him apart — in fact, I see them as some of the reasons why film makers cast him in romcoms and comedies, which after all these years are among his biggest hits.

He wasn’t the greatest actor to begin with. A quick internet search tells me he was kicked out of his to-be debut film, Bekhudi, for being *gasp* unprofessional. And from 1993 to 2000, he had occasional success in a selection of films I can best describe as random. In 2001, Dil Chahta Hai came and turned it all around. For five or six years after that, Khan would enjoy the peak of his popularity. Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste would make him the king of romcoms; Omkara would show the world he could really act; Ek Hasina Thi and Being Cyrus would go on the list of his more successful experiments.

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Saif Ali Khan’s performance in Omkara – Shakespearwalla Vishal Bharadwaj

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

The whole world loves William Shakespeare, but I think Vishal Bharadwaj loves him a lot more. The Indian director has adapted three of the Bard of Avon’s tragedies — Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet, and is now all set to get cracking with his comedies. He plans a trilogy of these, much like his earlier threesome of tragedies.

He said in a recent interview: ‘I have had a lot of people come up to me and ask me when am I going to adapt a Shakespearean comedy for the big screen. My first work in the trilogy will be based on Twelfth Night. It will be called Chaudhvin Ki Raat. This particular play had two titles. One was Twelfth Night and the other was What You Will. The play was called Twelfth Night because it was first performed 12 days after Christmas. The title also refers to the night before Epiphany, the day when the wise men visited infant Jesus. When I wanted adapt it to a more contemporary and Indian setting, I decided to call it Chaudhvin Ki Raat because this night has a huge significance in the Indian context, as the moon is at its most beautiful. Chaudhvin Ki Raat will be set in contemporary India like all my other Shakespeare adaptations, because I want to tell the stories of my country. I want to throw light on the politics, culture and music of contemporary India.

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