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Saif Ali Khan does not regret Rangoon

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , on October 8, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

The actor asserts that given a chance, he’d work with Vishal again, especially because he thinks that the latter is an intelligent director.

Saif Ali Khan is an intelligent actor. He also unhesitatingly supports his directors, provided he likes their work and if the filmmaker knows his craft truly well. And one director who has won his affection has been Vishal Bharadwaj, despite the fact that their project together, Rangoon, failed miserably at the box office.

The actor asserts that given a chance, he’d work with Vishal again, especially because he thinks that the latter is an intelligent director. “We all work for a film to be successful. But sometimes the film flops, and we don’t always know the reason. But this doesn’t force us to take a decision of not working with a director,” he says. “In fact, we enjoyed working on Rangoon a lot. We were all so excited to work with Vishal, because his way of working is so intriguing and enjoyable. We all finished work off having fun. I have no regrets if you say the film flopped. In fact, I’m ready to work with Vishal in films like Rangoon over and over again. It’s not like the films won’t always do well.”

He goes on to heap praises on Vishal. “He has a great sense of his craft. He is a great director and carves his film very artistically. I think the reviews of the film were positive enough and the audiences like it when the film is portrayed artistically on the celluloid. I don’t think the film not doing well in the box office makes any difference in our status. We worked hard, and if the film has not been liked by the audience, it’s fine,” says Saif, who is currently promoting his latest release, Chef.

Would it have hurt under any circumstance? “Yes,” says Saif. “If I had done Rangoon for the money, I’d have definitely felt bad.”


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.

The day urban-cool Saif was reintroduced as sly Langda Tyagi, and we were stumped

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

There was a time when having a villain was as essential to the plot as the hero and heroine. Times changed, and so did the characters and stories. In fact, if we look at the past two decades of Bollywood, we would not find menacing villains, the likes of Gabbar Singh and Mogambo, which were immortalised by actors like Amjad Khan and Amrish Puri. But, in the year 2006, something changed on this front. Vishal Bhardwaj’s ambitious take on Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, named ‘Omkara’, was just about to introduce one of the most vicious negative characters on screen. And guess what, it was to be played by the chocolate boy of Bollywood, the nawab, Saif Ali Khan. The character was that of Langda Tyagi, inspired from Iago from ‘Othello’, and it instantly transformed Saif Ali Khan for us.

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11 years of Omkara (starring Saif Ali Khan)

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

“We made Saif Ali Khan run topless” Vivek Oberoi on Omkara

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Vishal Bharadwaj’s gritty crime drama Omkara, adapted from William Shakespeare’s play Othello, is still etched in people’s minds. The film starred Ajay Devgn Saif AliKhan, Vivek Oberoi, (left) and Kareena Kapoor Khan. The story revolved around how a politically-minded enforcer’s trust in his lieutenant led him to suspect his wife of infidelity. As the film celebrates its 11th anniversary today, we talk to Vivek about his experience of working in the film.

How did you prepare for the role of Kesu Firangi?
I didn’t do much for the role. My character had gone to college, and could speak English, so I got away by not learning the typical dialect that Ajay and Saif had to speak in.

How was your character (Kesu) different from Cassio’s character in the original Shakespeare play?
The play doesn’t explain the nature of relationship between Othello and Cassio. In the film, the relationship between Kesu and Omkara or Omi Bhaiya, as he calls him, is shown beautifully.

This was your fifth film with Ajay Devgn after you debuted with him in Company. Was it different shooting with him in Omkara?
By the time we shot for Omkara, Ajay had become like an elder brother to me. For Omkara, I was like his assistant when it came to playing pranks. We played one on Saif.

What did you guys do?
We were shooting for a scene in the Prayag temple, and we had heard that a few real ‘bahubalis’ [UP gangsters] wanted to “kidnap us”. So luckily, me and Ajay were done, and we were ready to leave on the chopper. Saif was yet to shoot his scenes, and we teased him saying things like “We are going yaar, our shoot is over.” We had just sat in the chopper, when we saw Saif bolting towards us, running topless in a dhoti! It was hilarious.

Who is excited about the world premiere of Saif Ali Khan’s Rangoon on Colors TV on Sunday?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Don’t forget to watch Saif Ali Khan in Rangoon on Colors TV on Sunday at 1pm

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2017 by saifalikhanonline