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Saif Ali Khan on Sacred Games: ‘The most exhausting shoot of my career’

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , on July 19, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

When Saif Ali Khan heard that Netflix was coming to India, the wheels in his head began to turn. After all, the platform offers reach like nothing else – in the last few years alone, international shows such as La Casa de Papel, Dark, and 3% have gone from cult hits to phenomena across the globe. At the same time, though Indian entertainment is making headlines in new places every year, it had yet to reach a true breakthrough moment – a moment Bollywood is currently poised for.

“I was thinking in terms of a producer what I would suggest or how I could get involved, and I was thinking a very cool cop and mafia show, because there’s something romantic and specific about the Indian underworld crime scene that I thought would lend itself to a really good international story,” Khan said.

“They just turned the AC off! I might not be able to speak! Let’s see how it goes,” he warns me, but once we get going, it’s clear that Sacred Games is something he could talk about for hours – gushing after working on something he views as a truly top-tier production.

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‘There was a fear that someone would just skip this’: Saif Ali Khan on Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , on July 18, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Netflix’s Indian original series Sacred Games, which was premiered on the streaming platform on July 6, marked a first for several members of its top-line cast. The adaptation of the 2006 Vikram Chandra novel of the same name, which has been directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, saw Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui moving away from the big screen and embracing the digital space.

Khan has earned the distinction of being the first major Hindi film star to step into the Netflix universe. Khan has won praise for his realistic portrayal of Mumbai police inspector Sartaj Singh, who is forced into the spotlight after he is warned by gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Siddiqui) that his city is under threat.

Khan spoke about his fear that audiences would bypass the series and his camaraderie with his brilliant co-star Jitendra Joshi, who plays his trusted aide Katekar.

You must be enjoying the compliments ‘Sacred Games’ has generated.
The thing I am enjoying the most is to be part of a show that is the first one that came out of India and is competing globally and being considered a good watch by a lot of reviewers who don’t normally review the films that come out of India.

And that was always the idea: to try and have an acting style that isn’t typical or like we do at home, and try and make it more international by not overdoing stuff. That is one thing that is sinking through in all the conversations over the last few days.

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Saif Ali Khan: Attacking stars easiest way to get attention

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Basking in the success of Sacred Games, Saif Ali Khan opens up on censorship and how detractors create controversies to gain mileage

“I wasn’t expecting such an overwhelming response,” smiles Saif Ali Khan, when we congratulate him on the success of Sacred Games. Based on Vikram Chandra’s celebrated novel by the same name, the show has been winning accolades from all and sundry since it dropped online 10 days ago.

Though sold as a platform devoid of the censorship barriers that dominate the movies, the Netflix series, directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, ran into legal trouble last week. A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking to remove certain sections that were allegedly derogatory to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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Taimur hasn’t got anything to say about Sacred Games, jokes Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , on July 17, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan has been receiving rave reviews for his new web show Sacred Games, streaming giant Netflix’s first original from India. When he was asked how his family has reacted to it, he joked his ‘most recent kid’ can’t speak, so he ‘hasn’t got anything to say’.

He said that he ‘is going to make Kareena’ watch the show. His other son Ibrahim has loved it, but daughter Sara is busy shooting and yet to watch the show based on author Vikram Chandra’s book of the same name.

Saif plays a cop Sartaj Singh who gets an unexpected challenge thrown at him by a notorious gangster played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

In an interviews, Saif said, “We always hope for the best and worry about the worst. It’s a nice feeling and a beautiful experience working with the streaming service. The makers, Vikramaditya (Motwane) and Anurag Kashyap, have got it right. It’s pretty high quality stuff. People are also talking on the level which is more global about an Indian show. This makes me feel that I’ve understood my job and can do it on a globally acceptable level, which is quite cool.”

Saif recently went to London for a vacation. He also talked about the trip. He said, “It has been a really nice summer vacation. Taimur has really enjoyed and we’ve spent some quality time with him. My mornings would be with Taimur; afternoon to oneself; and evenings would be nice dinner with friends. It’s been quite a healthy trip.”

You might be killed if you criticise the government in India, says Saif Ali Khan on Sacred Games controversy

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on July 17, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan minces no words in an interview about the controversy surrounding his new Netflix show, Sacred Games.

Saif Ali Khan, who plays the policeman Sartaj Singh in Netflix’s controversial original series, Sacred Games, says that in India, one could get killed for giving voice to their opinions. The actor was reacting to the furore surrounding India’s first Netflix show, which was released on the streaming service on July 6 and has been criticised by politicians and prudes alike.

“If you date someone from the wrong caste, somebody will kill you in some parts of India. That’s just the way it is,” Saif said in an interview to The Quint. The actor was in London, and compared their relatively free society to the overbearing rules in India. “I don’t know how much you can criticise your government in India, somebody might kill you,” Saif said.

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Saif Ali Khan: I would love to do something at a global level

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , on July 16, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

“It’s fantastic that people have liked it,” says an elated Saif Ali Khan about his first web series, Sacred Games. Not only the series, but his nuanced act is also being praised by audiences and critics alike.

Saif is among the first top starts to experiment with a full-fledged web show. The actor, who just returned from London, talks about his recent success and more.

Did you anticipate this level of response to the series?
We always hope for the best and worry about the worst. It’s a nice feeling and a beautiful experience working with the streaming service. The makers Vikramaditya (Motwane) and Anurag Kashyap, have got it right. It’s pretty high quality stuff. People are also talking on the level which is more global about an Indian show.

This makes me feel that I’ve understood my job and can do it on a globally acceptable level.

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Saif Ali Khan reveals Sacred Games will have four seasons, Pankaj Tripathi to have central role in second installment

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

India’s first ever Netflix series Scared Games is receiving raving reviews from critics and audiences worldwide alike. However, some questions are being raised over the ending of the eight-episode series and a sequel may help explain the big cliffhanger.

According to a report, Pankaj Tripathi will have an important role in the second season. A source mentioned “The makers have already planned a second season, the shooting of which will start in November in Mumbai. Pankaj, who appears as Guruji only in three scenes apart from his voiceover in the first season, will have a central role in the second season alongside Nawazuddin as he is the real mastermind.”

The crime-political-terrorism-underworld thriller based on the novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra has been directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. Set in Mumbai, the first season is an adaptation of approximately one-third of the book. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 100 percent ‘Fresh’ rating.

In an interview, Khan said “Each season will have eight episodes, so overall, the series will have 32 episodes.” There’s no official word from the show’s makers but Saif Ali Khan suggested that filming for a season 2 will begin in September.

Erik Barmack, vice-president of international originals at Netflix said: “India is seeing the biggest and fastest investment in content for any country we have launched in.”