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Saif Ali Khan: ‘I don’t think I can ever bring my father’s name into movies’

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , on January 11, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan, who is essaying the role of Udaybhan in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, had opted not to use ‘Pataudi’ with his name when he first set out as an actor. The reason being, if his career didn’t work out, the family name would not be besmirched.

The topic came up when we recently sat down with the actor for a chat. When asked if he had any plans to formally bring the Pataudi name into cinema – in his credits, or as something beyond, the actor replied, “You know, I do think about that when I am with Aditya Chopra and I see how he has his production, or when I was with the Rajshris and I saw how people respect that production. I think it is also because in the ’90s, people used to differentiate between work and home, and film people and regular people (laughs). That probably sounds wrong! Well, if I can be as elegant in my work as the Rajshris are or as the Chopras are, then I think maybe a Pataudi Films would be a nice production thing.”

Taking his words back almost as soon as he said them, Saif added, “But I don’t know, I think I’ll go with Black Knight (laughs)! I think for that maybe my father would have had to been a film producer, you know. The fact that he wasn’t, and that he was who he is, that means I don’t think I can ever bring his name into the movies. It has to be something else, I don’t know what. But… Pataudi Films? No.”

Saif Ali Khan: I have never played a character as deranged as Udaybhan

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

At a time when the Mughal era is dissected socially and politically every other day, Saif Ali Khan is playing a Rajput warrior who fought for Aurangzeb against the Marathas. The role was frightening, he says, since it was not only loud and dark, but the character himself is utterly deranged. Along the way, he explains his individual view of the Mughal era – he thinks Persianate is a more accurate description – but adds that he prefers to not enter the political conversation on it.

India seems to be enjoying war-based cinema in recent years, be it placed in current times or from the past – but is there a cultural undercurrent to it?
On one level obviously, yes and everyone eventually reacts to the fact that it’s the Muslim invader story. Whether it’s Pakistan that becomes the villain, whether it’s the ISI, or the Mughals. But on another level, those are the only kind of antagonists we seem to have had. I mean, we could come up with other stories, but on a large scale if you think about war films, these are the villains, the enemy we have fought against. That seems to be the most dramatic. You could make a movie about the Chinese but somehow I don’t think it will resonate very strongly with our audiences (laughs).

So, right or wrong, it becomes one of those things. And when you come to Tanhaji, Aurangzeb and Shivaji Maharaj had very bloody, serious encounters and that went on for quite a long time. So we look for heroes, and filmmakers look for heroes, and Tanhaji fits the bill in the perfect way, being the unsung right hand of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, fighting the autocratic, orthodox Aurangzeb. So that’s the story. Now how historically accurate it is, is another conversation. Whether people are fighting in the name of religion and independence, or whether there are more economic reasons that drive these things. History is obviously an argument that is told by the winner and the story will change depending on which point of view you take.

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Photos of Saif Ali Khan from Pataudi

Posted in Photos with tags , , , on September 20, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

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Saif Ali Khan upsets with paparazzi

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , on April 13, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Unlike many star parents, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor have never tried to keep their son Taimur hidden away from the cameras. They embraced the fact that there is immense curiosity around their child, and usually oblige the paparazzi’s request for photos of the kid.

Taimur is all of two, but has become the most photographed star kid already. And the curiosity around him refuses to die down. He is clicked each time he steps out of the house.

Father Saif, who has always been patient with the hordes of paps surrounding his kid, lost his cool recently at the Mumbai airport. He warned the photogs off, saying, “Bas karo yaar, bachcha andha ho jaayega (Stop it, the child will go blind).”

Taimur nonchalantly sat atop his father’s shoulders, wearing a blue shirt, shorts and a red cap adding contrast to his look. He waved at the shutterbugs like he usually does when he gets all their attention.

When the paparazzi urged the couple to pose, Saif promptly said, “Aap ko lena hai toh lo, ye pose karna thoda ajeeb hai (You want to take photos, you take them, it’s weird to pose).”

They were all heading to Pataudi, Saif’s ancestral home.

‘I love high production value historicals’ : Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

After wrapping up the shoot for the second season of Sacred Games, his web series that went on to make an international impact, Saif Ali Khan took off for a small break to Pataudi, Haryana with wife, Kareena Kapoor Khan and son, Taimur. And now, that he is back, the actor is looking forward to completing his work on Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior, which is based on the life of the 17th-century Maharashtrian Maratha military leader. Saif plays Udaybhan Rathod, a Rajput military officer serving in the Aurangzeb army and the antagonist in the film.

A source close to the actor reveals, “It’s been a choc-obloc year for the actor, who has already started filming his next historical. The film is currently being shot at Filmistan Studios in Mumbai and the makers are going all out to ensure that the production value is on par international standards yet true to the era. The costumes are by designer Nachiket Barve and cinematography by Keiko Nakahara. Saif, who has a keen interest in history, knew this role would be taxing. So, he wanted to take a break before he started working on the film. He is glad he got to spend some quality time in Pataudi before heading back to the city to begin work on the film.”

Talking about being part of the historical drama, Saif says, “The whole world that has been created here (the sets) is exciting to step into. Everything from the costumes, to the art and the sets, are next level. I love every bit of this high production value historical.”

Video of Saif Ali Khan and Taimur spotted in Pataudi

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on February 22, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

I drove a second-hand Ambassador car, says Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

In conversation with actor Saif Ali Khan about his upbringing, his goals, his fabulous wife and his incredibly bright daughter.

You come from a royal background, so money must never have been a driving force for you.
Money is a driving force. I don’t want to say this because I know it sounds wrong, but even though I come from a privileged family, we didn’t have as much money as people think we did. There was a lot of property, and it was definitely a privileged life, but it wasn’t like we didn’t have to worry about money. My father was very careful with money, he didn’t give me much pocket money. It’s not like we were handed the family fortune. In fact, I drove a second-hand Ambassador car when I was a teenager. Everyone has these fixed ideas, and I don’t want to argue about it because it sounds stupid. But take it from me, we were brought up to be financially careful. And whatever I have today, I have earned myself, and I am proud of that.

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