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In hues of grey with Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , on October 27, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

After the release of Laal Kaptaan, Saif Ali Khan talks about his fascination with grey characters, attraction towards western cinema and transformation over three decades in the Hindi film industry

You brought this trend of urban romcoms to Hindi cinema but your grey characters have actually proven to be game-changers. What drew you to these characters?
I just feel the idea of playing the classic kind of hero is not my cup of tea and Hindi films historically have had a really strong sense of ‘good’ in Ram. I guess it’s our mythology also. I don’t think the Ram-like characters have ever suited me. At most, it’s the Krishna-like character that I associate with. The Rajshri Movies character may be the closest I have come to being super nice – and even that was quite Kanhaiya like. So, I think it’s just more interesting to be a little more real, a little darker somewhere. Maybe because people wanted to make me a chocolate boy when I was starting out that I knew I am not (laughs). When Ek Hasina Thi came out, I just had a natural attraction for characters that are kind of greyer; ideally not dark, just little grey that becomes good.

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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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Saif Ali Khan: I’m excited about working with Ajay Devgn

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Twelve years after they acted together in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara, Saif Ali Khan and Ajay Devgn will now be seen in Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior. The Nawab of Pataudi plays the antagonist, Udaybhan Rathod, in Ajay’s ambitious venture. The two actors share a good equation ever since they shared screen space for the first time in Milan Luthria’s Kachche Dhaage (1999).

“I’m excited about working with Ajay. He’s a confident, cool guy. We haven’t yet shot together for Taanaji, but I’ve completed a schedule, which marks my introduction,” says Saif. He adds, “It was an incredible experience. I sported some cool clothes designed by Nachiket (Barve). I love it when talented people come from artistic sides. Director Om Raut has a great grip on graphics, CGI and VFX. Initially, I was a bit worried about getting into a film that is so CGI-heavy, but it’s a huge project.”

Saif is keen to portray Udaybhan, the Rajput officer who was appointed by Aurangzeb’s general to protect the Kondana Fort, which Shivaji’s general Taanaji attacked in a bid to recapture it. He explains, “My character is an anti-hero.

As the director says, he happens to be on the wrong side. Filming this historical has been a fascinating experience. I get to don some amazing costumes and do sword-fighting sequences within the comforts of an air-conditioned floor in Film City. It was opposite to what I had experienced while shooting for Navdeep Singh’s Hunter. The revenge saga has heavy action scenes, but I haven’t got over it yet. I’m still shaking in the night like a war veteran who comes home, shell-shocked slightly.”

Which Saif Ali Khan character do you like best?

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

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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