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Why is Saif Ali Khan un-‘Saif’ today?

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2018 by saifalikhanonline

When was Saif Ali Khan’s last solo success? Almost six years ago with home production Cocktail, a youth-oriented niche product that made a slim profit. Saif co-produced in 2012. When was the 10th Nawab of Pataudi’s last hit? Five years ago, ladies and gentlemen, in Race 2!

Yes, in 2013, he also co-produced and acted in the “zombie comedy” Go Goa Gone, which has now become a cult movie. In those days, the not-inexpensive film just broke even along with its worldwide earnings. In any case, its urban and urbane sophistication and even the humour clearly indicated a multiplex movie that was superlative. Like (very rare) offbeat movies, it deserved to be made on a judicious budget just for what it is. But every offbeat day is not Sunday!

The scenario since has been terrible. Saif has always balanced his assignments between solo leads and ensemble films, between commercial and midstream movies, but since then, it has been an alarming trajectory of flops or usually disasters (the degree of failure being much more).

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Saif Ali Khan’s Chef and Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Yaara release on the same day

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

The world is indeed a very small place and our film industry is even smaller. Time and again, we are pitted against people whom we otherwise work with. Well, that’s just how it is and the latest duo to go head-to-head is Saif Ali Khan and Tigmanshu Dhulia. How so?

Well, back in 2013, Khan had donned a new avatar for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullett Raja but the result of this collaboration was not as fruitful as the duo and the trade had hoped. Fast forward four years, to 2017, when Khan’s next Chef will clash with Dhulia’s Yaara on October 6.

It will be interesting to see these two pitted against each other.

Reinvention for Saif Ali Khan is a double- edged sword

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan is currently biding his time like a bull in a bear market. This was a given after two of his big budget films— Tigmanshu Dhulia’s action drama Bullett Raja and Sajid Khan’s slapstick comedy Humshakals—crashed at the box-office, leaving him high-and-dry as a film star in an increasingly competitive industry. However, Saif shows no hint of jittery nerves, neither is he afraid of being written off. Perhaps, this is the effect of having struggled as an actor for a long time and having been written off many times. “As long you are enjoying the kind of work you do, it is all good,” he says.

Khan is at Mehboob Studios in Bandra, a popular haunt of Bollywood actors for interviews and film promotions. He has arrived in his sleek red Audi, and the vehicle is making more heads turn than his presence is. He smiles as people gather around his car to admire it. He exchanges hellos with his erstwhile business partner Dinesh Vijan and gets into his vanity van, which is also painted a bright red hue. Red, then, seems a favourite with the Nawab of Pataudi. Or it could be wife Kareena Kapoor’s choice.

He starts rehearsing his lines for a television show as part of a promotional appearance for his just-released film Happy Ending. Unlike many actors, who don’t enjoy the film marketing drill, Saif Ali Khan is taking it in his stride. He is in an upbeat mood, making conversation with almost everyone who approaches him. After his round of official meetings, he invites me inside the van for the interview. His upbringing is immediately evident. He apologises for making me wait outside, stands up to greet me, and sits down only after I have taken my seat. He is very much the person one wishes most famous people would be: unrehearsed, and well-mannered.

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‘Barring a few, I don’t watch my own films’ : Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

Ahead of his upcoming release Happy Ending, Saif Ali Khan talks about acting in a romantic comedy for guys, the importance of a good script and how he hardly watches Hindi films.

What made you act in and produce Happy Ending?
There is something realistic about Raj-DK’s approach to making romcoms. Vulnerability is important, and it’s not always that I get that quality in my roles. If the conflict is that the guy doesn’t want to get married, how do you connect? Even my previous romcoms such as Hum Tum or Salaam Namaste were nice but they had a sort of chick-flick sensibility. Happy Ending is a romcom for guys. It’s more me.

You played a zombie-hunter in Go Goa Gone, and here your character has an alter ego. Tell us more about it.
I play a lazy bum writer living in Los Angeles. He’s run out of money and has been roped in to write a script for Govinda whom he can’t seem to click with, because they are from different planets. He has an alter ego, which was fun to play, because they seem like two people talking. This is a romcom about romcoms. He doesn’t know how to write a romcom but his life runs parallel to it. Apart from Raj-DK, you have worked with filmmakers such as Tigmanshu Dhulia and Sriram Raghavan but those films didn’t work.

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Two unseen behind the scene photos of Saif Ali Khan on the set of Bullett Raja

Posted in Photos with tags , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

Experimental lessons for Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan has, of late, been answering questions as to what made him be part of Humshakals. The film may have raked in the moolah, but there were many who were intrigued by his choice. So was the case with his earlier film Bullet Raja. The nawab has silenced his detractors by saying that he did the films because he wanted to try different genres. He wanted to experiment irrespective if what was the outcome. And acting is all about experimenting and stepping out of your comfort zone.

Interview with Saif Ali Khan on Humshakals and working with Sajid Khan

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2014 by saifalikhanonline

In the last couple of years, you’ve done Cocktail, Race 2, Bullett Raja and now Humshakals. Is it a conscious decision to switch between genres?

Absolutely! It’s not easy to experiment, but I believe that I can do more than one type of role. It took me a lot of time to understand my craft, my strengths and limitations. I feel like I can do a Bullett Raja… now if the film doesn’t work, that’s not in my hands.

You were banking very heavily on Bullett Raja. What do you think went wrong?

I don’t know! I liked myself and the film. Many people have said different things to me, including that ‘Mera time achha nahin hai! (Laughs) I think the film did okay business for a Tigmanshu Dhulia film. But I guess Tigmanshu had hoped that casting me would change the numbers.

You’ve done comedies, but Humshakals is unlike anything you have done before.

I think comedy is the toughest genre there is. And Humshakals is not a regular comedy. You need to have a certain control over your craft to be able to pull off a film like this. I don’t think an inexperienced actor could have done this. Sajid (Khan, the film’s director) would just tell me ‘Kuch kar’. That’s a difficult brief to follow (laughs). If you are limited as an actor, you can’t do a role like this. I wouldn’t have been able to do Humshakals a decade ago.

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