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This Week, That Year: When Saif Ali Khan limped his way to glory as Langda Tyagi in Omkara

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

He was in Jaipur for the shooting of the 2007 action-thriller Eklavya: The Royal Guard. Producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra had put him up at the Trident Hotel, but Saif Ali Khan slipped off to the Rambagh Palace and was sitting on the lawn, feeling like a movie star, when his mother, Sharmila Tagore, called. In the course of the conversation, she told him that he should do Shakespeare. “Maybe Othello,” she suggested.

By a happy coincidence, the next day, Vishal Bhardwaj approached him for Omkara, his Indianised adaptation of Othello. “I jumped at the chance, telling him my mother wanted me to play Othello,” the actor reminisces 14 years later, adding that the filmmaker admitted then that he actually wanted him for Iago aka Ishwar ‘Langda’ Tyagi. In response to Saif’s “Why not Othello?” Vishal pointed out that he was handsome while the Moor had been complexed about his looks, so he wouldn’t suit the part. “He was bluffing, but he did it well,” laughs Saif. The film opened on July 28, 2006, and made Langda Tyagi iconic.

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Langda Tyagi from Omkara: When we were awakened to the ‘actor’ Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan has played the sidekick who’s there to boost the hero’s machismo. He has also played the uber cool urban boy who flaunts his ‘Tom Cruise look’. However, despite being the commercial big ticket hero, Saif has often picked niche projects and given some performances that will probably become his legacy one day.

The 2001 film Dil Chahta Hai changed our perception of Saif. With subsequent films like Kal Ho Naa Ho, Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste among others, he became the poster boy of the big-ticket multiplex films. His audience was fixed and knew what to expect from him and just when Saif was starting to enjoy the best phase of his career, he rocked the boat but did not let it sink.

It was around this time that Saif Ali Khan picked up projects like Ek Hasina Thi, Being Cyrus, Omkara and impressed the audience with his diverse movie choices.

Now, you might say that playing Sartaj Singh in Sacred Games brought Saif back to the limelight but in 2006, it was Omkara that awakened us to the actor that Saif was and continues to be.

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In ‘Omkara’, it was not Saif Ali Khan but he wanted to play the character of ‘Langa Tyagi’

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on July 29, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Director Vishal Bhardwaj’s best film ‘Omkara’, has completed 14 years of release. In this film Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Naseeruddin Shah played important roles.

Although the film made a lot of money at the box-office, in spite of this, the great story of this film and the amazing performances of the actors are discussed till date.

In the film ‘Omkara’, every actor played his role well but the most applauded was ‘Langa Tyagi’ ie Saif Ali Khan. It would not be wrong to say that this character is the best character of Saif Ali Khan’s career, but did you know that the character of ‘Langa Tyagi’ wanted to play Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan of Bollywood.

Not only this, the idea of ​​this film was also suggested to Vishal Bhardwaj by Aamir. At that time he wanted to produce Omkara as well as play the role of ‘Langa Tyagi’.

However, after meeting Saif Ali Khan, Vishal Bhardwaj decided to cast Saif instead of Aamir. According to the news, Aamir wanted to make some changes in the character of ‘Langa Tyagi’, which Vishal Bhardwaj did not approve. There was a lot of tension between the two about this thing, but later everything was fine.

At the same time, Manoj Bajpayee was also talked to Saif Ali Khan for the role of ‘Langa Tyagi’, Manoj also liked this character but got stuck on the money and he continued to be a part of this film, whose Later this character fell in the bag of Saif Ali Khan.

Actor Saif Ali Khan spoke about the topic of nepotism in the film industry

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

Actor Saif Ali Khan has said that he was glad to shed his ‘privileged’ image and earn the respect of his peers with his performance as Langda Tyagi in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara. The actor was speaking about the film to journalist Anupama Chopra.

When she asked him about how the cast and crew started referring to him as ‘Khan sahab’ after the first day of work, Saif said, “Being the kind of person I am, the films that I have done, there has also been as sense of privilege and lack of privilege, and people coming up the hard way and people coming up the easy way, that’s always been the undercurrent, especially in an ensemble like this, with some of these NSD guys and film institute chaps.”

He added, “They’ve come up purely through talent, while some of us, frankly, have had doors opened for us by privilege of our birth and the parents we’ve had. So, given that undercurrent, when you’re on set and you do a scene and you are as prepared as anyone else and you deliver a line which is on par with if not better than everyone, then you feel better. And to earn the respect of those guys felt really important.

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My Movie Milestone: Saif Ali Khan on Omkara

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on June 4, 2020 by saifalikhanonline

2006 was a crucial year for Saif Ali Khan. Parineeta and Being Cyrus, both of which had great parts for him, had released the year before. And yet, no one saw him pull off the part of a desi heartland bad guy, except Vishal Bhardwaj. Strangely, he thought of Saif as Langa Tyagi in Omkara, his adaptation of Othello, after watching his performance in Dil Chahta Hai. Saif went all out for the part and brought authenticity to Langa Tyagi by shaving his head, staining his teeth yellow and mastering an alien dialect.

Here he looks back at creating that character, how Aamir Khan almost played the part, and if Hindi cinema would have been different if the film was a success.

My first experience of this film was watching it at an industry screening. I remember leaving the theatre stunned by the power of storytelling and the language because we had never heard something like that before. What was your sense of the film back then when you first saw it?

I think that was a really interesting year for me in terms of films. There were a few creative things that were happening like Parineeta and there was a new direction I was going in as an actor, away from the 90s and a more creative and artistic phase.

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Dolly Ahluwalia: On seeing sketches of Langda Tyagi’s costume, Saif Ali Khan said there’s no way he’s going to wear it

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Speaking at a session on costume designing in films at IFFI, Dolly Ahluwalia – who received Filmfare Best Costumes Award in 2006 for Omkara – shared how difficult it was for her to convince Saif Ali Khan to dress up as Langda Tyagi, and Ajay Devgn to let her design his costume in the film.

Designing costume for Langda Tyagi
Talking about her experience of designing costumes for Omkara, Dolly said, “Coming to Saif, Vishal Bhardwaj and I went to his place and when he saw my sketches of the costume of Langda Tyagi, he was like ‘What? Whatttttttttttt? I’m going to wear this?’ He thought that Langda Tyagi would be in leather boots and jackets. And at least, there will be a Shakespearean touch to it. Then Vishal said, ‘Dolly ji, I think you should spend more time with him.’ And then Vishal ji left, and I was with Saif and I was carrying gamchha, khadi kurta and I told him, ‘Saif, I think you should try this’. But he was like , ‘No way. I’m going to have my own costume.’ So I told him, ‘Give me a chance Saif, let me try’. And honestly, today with great pride, I can say that Saif Ali Khan surrendered to the role of Langda Tyagi, and the result is right in front of us.”

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.”