Archive for Omkara

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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Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi might help establish he has the skills

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan has always tried to experiment with his roles in the past, but will his upcoming film Kaalakaandi finally help establish that his entire career has not been a fluke?

Saif Ali Khan has had an interesting career graph. From doing typical 1990s dramas to playing the man that has commitment issues, Khan has tried to adjust with changing times. In fact, this is even more reflective in the period he began taking risks in terms of the roles he chose to portray on screen. Kya Kehna, Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Dil Chahta Hai, Darna Mana Hai, Ek Hasina Thi, Parineeta, Salaam Namaste, Being Cyrus, Omkara, Eklavya: The Royal Guard and Aarakshan: the evolution of Saif the actor is there for all to see.

The actor’s last release, Chef, was an Indian remake of the American movie of the same name. Chef was a slice-of-life film directed by Raja Krishna Menon about a failing chef and father trying to get his life in order, professionally as well as personally. Granted, it was not as good as the original, but was definitely worth a watch.

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Saif Ali Khan: We’re a schizophrenic nation, civilised on one level and medieval on another

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on January 6, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Not that old at 47, Saif Ali Khan – these days occasionally better known as Taimur’s dad – is still game to experiment and to learn from 25-year-old co-actors. Rigidity ages you, not years, he explains as he speaks on ageing, censorship, and how it’s difficult to frame rules for a society that is civilised and medieval at the same time.

Among other things, ‘ Kaalakaandi’ has also been talked about for, what, 73 cuts?

That’s what you started with, okay! So, 73 cuts. And then it went to the FCAT, and came out with one cut. One cut! It got a U/A rating. It got U/A on the trailer. It is some bad s*** in there.

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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.