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Vishal Bhardwaj on casting Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi in Omkara

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Speaking about Saif’s casting as Langda Tyagi, Bhardwaj spoke about a movie that he was making with Aamir Khan that got shelved. “Actually, I’ve shelved more movies than I’ve made,” he joked. The character of Langda Tyagi was born during a brainstorming session between the filmmaker and Aamir ‘Perfectionist’ Khan.

fter the film got shelved, Aamir said why don’t you make Othello and I will play Langda Tyagi. I didn’t think at that time that a star would be interested in playing the role and that prompted me to think of casting a star. I liked Saif in Dil Chahta Hai and Ek Hasina Thi. I met him and I got the confidence from him that he’ll be able to pull it off.

The director also spoke about the fine balance between artistic movies and commercial success.

If we talk about ‘Beedi Jalaile’, I’ll be very honest with you and say that we wanted it to be the biggest item number of the year. But integrating the item song into the movie and making it realistic was important. Finally, if any one would have gone out for a smoke break or to take a phone call during the song, then they would have missed an essential part of the screenplay. And that’s an art.


The day urban-cool Saif was reintroduced as sly Langda Tyagi, and we were stumped

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

There was a time when having a villain was as essential to the plot as the hero and heroine. Times changed, and so did the characters and stories. In fact, if we look at the past two decades of Bollywood, we would not find menacing villains, the likes of Gabbar Singh and Mogambo, which were immortalised by actors like Amjad Khan and Amrish Puri. But, in the year 2006, something changed on this front. Vishal Bhardwaj’s ambitious take on Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, named ‘Omkara’, was just about to introduce one of the most vicious negative characters on screen. And guess what, it was to be played by the chocolate boy of Bollywood, the nawab, Saif Ali Khan. The character was that of Langda Tyagi, inspired from Iago from ‘Othello’, and it instantly transformed Saif Ali Khan for us.

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11 years of Omkara (starring Saif Ali Khan)

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

“We made Saif Ali Khan run topless” Vivek Oberoi on Omkara

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Vishal Bharadwaj’s gritty crime drama Omkara, adapted from William Shakespeare’s play Othello, is still etched in people’s minds. The film starred Ajay Devgn Saif AliKhan, Vivek Oberoi, (left) and Kareena Kapoor Khan. The story revolved around how a politically-minded enforcer’s trust in his lieutenant led him to suspect his wife of infidelity. As the film celebrates its 11th anniversary today, we talk to Vivek about his experience of working in the film.

How did you prepare for the role of Kesu Firangi?
I didn’t do much for the role. My character had gone to college, and could speak English, so I got away by not learning the typical dialect that Ajay and Saif had to speak in.

How was your character (Kesu) different from Cassio’s character in the original Shakespeare play?
The play doesn’t explain the nature of relationship between Othello and Cassio. In the film, the relationship between Kesu and Omkara or Omi Bhaiya, as he calls him, is shown beautifully.

This was your fifth film with Ajay Devgn after you debuted with him in Company. Was it different shooting with him in Omkara?
By the time we shot for Omkara, Ajay had become like an elder brother to me. For Omkara, I was like his assistant when it came to playing pranks. We played one on Saif.

What did you guys do?
We were shooting for a scene in the Prayag temple, and we had heard that a few real ‘bahubalis’ [UP gangsters] wanted to “kidnap us”. So luckily, me and Ajay were done, and we were ready to leave on the chopper. Saif was yet to shoot his scenes, and we teased him saying things like “We are going yaar, our shoot is over.” We had just sat in the chopper, when we saw Saif bolting towards us, running topless in a dhoti! It was hilarious.

7 Dialogues That Prove Saif Ali Khan’s Ishwar ‘Langda’ Tyagi From Omkara Deserves A Standalone Movie

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , on April 29, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

If anyone has a doubt that Saif can play a rugged character, all they have to do is watch Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara, the 2006 crime-drama based on Shakespeare’s Othello. It is one film that gave Saif a different sort of recognition in the industry. For the first time ever, Saif, who has mostly played cool, contemporary romantic roles so far, played a negative role and how!

While movie involved other interesting characters too, Ishwar “Langda” Tyagi showing his rage, snarling, smouldering and turning green cast a great impact on the viewers, which they endured for a very long period.

Now the good news is that the foul-mouthed anti-hero Langda Tyagi will be once again back on the silver screen as rumours are rife that a standalone film for the character is in the works. If reports are to be believed, Saif Ali Khan has already given his nod of consent for the movie, and Abhishek Choubey and Robin Bhatt are yet again on board as script writers. The story will apparently put the spotlight on how Langda Tyagi became the way he was in the movie.

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Saif Ali Khan’s Langda Tyagi set to get a spin – off film

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Vishal Bhardwaj plans movie around Saif Ali’s Omkara character, like Taapsee’s Shabana

SAIF Ali Khan’s turn as the conniving foul-mouthed anti-hero, Langda Tyagi in Vishal Bhardwaj’s crime-drama, Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, has earned him a solo outing.

Sources close to Bhardwaj’s production house reveal, “Omkara surprised critics and viewers alike, with Saif receiving accolades for his performance. No one could have pulled off the character like he did. The script for the spin-off is currently being written. There have been multiple propositions on how to create the narrative. The story will put the spotlight on how this man became the way he is.”

Writers Abhishek Chaubey and Robin Bhatt, along with Bhardwaj, who wrote the original, will script the new Langda film. Saif, we hear, has already given his nod to Bhardwaj. Omkara also starred Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Bipasha Basu.

4 Times When Saif Ali Khan Proved His Mettle As A Versatile Actor!

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan’s expertise in acting has not been limited to stereotypical roles of Bollywood.

The talented actor has time and again proved his caliber as a versatile actor. Saif Ali Khan has always given his best in his movies and has set new trends with his roles.

Saif Ali Khan can easily manage difficult roles and gets into the skin of his character, Saif has also worked in almost every genre of films.

Here is a sneak peak into Saif Ali Khan’s experiments with good content of films.

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