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This Week, That Year: When Saif Ali Khan limped his way to glory as Langda Tyagi in Omkara

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

He was in Jaipur for the shooting of the 2007 action-thriller Eklavya: The Royal Guard. Producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra had put him up at the Trident Hotel, but Saif Ali Khan slipped off to the Rambagh Palace and was sitting on the lawn, feeling like a movie star, when his mother, Sharmila Tagore, called. In the course of the conversation, she told him that he should do Shakespeare. “Maybe Othello,” she suggested.

By a happy coincidence, the next day, Vishal Bhardwaj approached him for Omkara, his Indianised adaptation of Othello. “I jumped at the chance, telling him my mother wanted me to play Othello,” the actor reminisces 14 years later, adding that the filmmaker admitted then that he actually wanted him for Iago aka Ishwar ‘Langda’ Tyagi. In response to Saif’s “Why not Othello?” Vishal pointed out that he was handsome while the Moor had been complexed about his looks, so he wouldn’t suit the part. “He was bluffing, but he did it well,” laughs Saif. The film opened on July 28, 2006, and made Langda Tyagi iconic.

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Langda Tyagi from Omkara: When we were awakened to the ‘actor’ Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan has played the sidekick who’s there to boost the hero’s machismo. He has also played the uber cool urban boy who flaunts his ‘Tom Cruise look’. However, despite being the commercial big ticket hero, Saif has often picked niche projects and given some performances that will probably become his legacy one day.

The 2001 film Dil Chahta Hai changed our perception of Saif. With subsequent films like Kal Ho Naa Ho, Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste among others, he became the poster boy of the big-ticket multiplex films. His audience was fixed and knew what to expect from him and just when Saif was starting to enjoy the best phase of his career, he rocked the boat but did not let it sink.

It was around this time that Saif Ali Khan picked up projects like Ek Hasina Thi, Being Cyrus, Omkara and impressed the audience with his diverse movie choices.

Now, you might say that playing Sartaj Singh in Sacred Games brought Saif back to the limelight but in 2006, it was Omkara that awakened us to the actor that Saif was and continues to be.

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In ‘Omkara’, it was not Saif Ali Khan but he wanted to play the character of ‘Langa Tyagi’

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on July 29, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Director Vishal Bhardwaj’s best film ‘Omkara’, has completed 14 years of release. In this film Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Naseeruddin Shah played important roles.

Although the film made a lot of money at the box-office, in spite of this, the great story of this film and the amazing performances of the actors are discussed till date.

In the film ‘Omkara’, every actor played his role well but the most applauded was ‘Langa Tyagi’ ie Saif Ali Khan. It would not be wrong to say that this character is the best character of Saif Ali Khan’s career, but did you know that the character of ‘Langa Tyagi’ wanted to play Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan of Bollywood.

Not only this, the idea of ​​this film was also suggested to Vishal Bhardwaj by Aamir. At that time he wanted to produce Omkara as well as play the role of ‘Langa Tyagi’.

However, after meeting Saif Ali Khan, Vishal Bhardwaj decided to cast Saif instead of Aamir. According to the news, Aamir wanted to make some changes in the character of ‘Langa Tyagi’, which Vishal Bhardwaj did not approve. There was a lot of tension between the two about this thing, but later everything was fine.

At the same time, Manoj Bajpayee was also talked to Saif Ali Khan for the role of ‘Langa Tyagi’, Manoj also liked this character but got stuck on the money and he continued to be a part of this film, whose Later this character fell in the bag of Saif Ali Khan.

Actor Saif Ali Khan spoke about the topic of nepotism in the film industry

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Actor Saif Ali Khan has said that he was glad to shed his ‘privileged’ image and earn the respect of his peers with his performance as Langda Tyagi in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara. The actor was speaking about the film to journalist Anupama Chopra.

When she asked him about how the cast and crew started referring to him as ‘Khan sahab’ after the first day of work, Saif said, “Being the kind of person I am, the films that I have done, there has also been as sense of privilege and lack of privilege, and people coming up the hard way and people coming up the easy way, that’s always been the undercurrent, especially in an ensemble like this, with some of these NSD guys and film institute chaps.”

He added, “They’ve come up purely through talent, while some of us, frankly, have had doors opened for us by privilege of our birth and the parents we’ve had. So, given that undercurrent, when you’re on set and you do a scene and you are as prepared as anyone else and you deliver a line which is on par with if not better than everyone, then you feel better. And to earn the respect of those guys felt really important.

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Here is the interview with Saif Ali Khan about Omkara

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , on June 16, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Don’t forget to watch Saif Ali Khan’s interview with Film Companion

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , on June 16, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

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My Movie Milestone: Saif Ali Khan on Omkara

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on June 4, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

2006 was a crucial year for Saif Ali Khan. Parineeta and Being Cyrus, both of which had great parts for him, had released the year before. And yet, no one saw him pull off the part of a desi heartland bad guy, except Vishal Bhardwaj. Strangely, he thought of Saif as Langa Tyagi in Omkara, his adaptation of Othello, after watching his performance in Dil Chahta Hai. Saif went all out for the part and brought authenticity to Langa Tyagi by shaving his head, staining his teeth yellow and mastering an alien dialect.

Here he looks back at creating that character, how Aamir Khan almost played the part, and if Hindi cinema would have been different if the film was a success.

My first experience of this film was watching it at an industry screening. I remember leaving the theatre stunned by the power of storytelling and the language because we had never heard something like that before. What was your sense of the film back then when you first saw it?

I think that was a really interesting year for me in terms of films. There were a few creative things that were happening like Parineeta and there was a new direction I was going in as an actor, away from the 90s and a more creative and artistic phase.

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