Actor and Producer Saif Ali Khan was born to cricketer and Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan, and actress Sharmila Tagoreon August 16, 1970. Saif who made his debut with Parampara in 1992, initiallyhad relatively low success rate and could not manage to establish himself as an actor, giving just a couple of hits early on in his career in 90s but that seemed to have changed once the actor was seen in multi-starrer Hum Saath Saath Hain.

As the ‘’Chote Nawab’’ turns 44 we bring to you the list of five of his best roles in 22-year long career.

Sameer in Dil Chahta Hai: Saif Ali Khan found the much needed success with Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Haiin 2001. Dil Chahta Hai was about three friends played by Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna and Saif Ali Khan. Saif played the character of Sameer, a guy who has no idea about life and falls in love with every girl that catches his sight. The actor looked comfortable with comic dialogues and earned praises for his performance. The actor was nominated for Filmfare Best Comedian Award for his role.

Karan Kapoor in Hum Tum: Saif Ali Khan further stamped his authority as an actor in Hum Tum with Rani Mukerji paired opposite him. Released in 2004 the movie was about a Cartoonist Karan Kapoor played by Saif who is fun-loving and feels ladies get attracted to him easily. Saif once again was lauded for his performance and won National Film Award for Best Actor in 2005 besides winning Filmfare for Best Performance in a Comic Role.

Shekhar Rai in Parineeta: Released in 2005 Parineeta saw Saif in a serious role of Shekhar Rai, a passionate lover. The movie also had debutant Vidya Balan and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. Saif Ali Khan with time polished his acting skills and that was visible in this movie, regarded as one of his heavyweight performances.

Ishwar”Langda”Tyagi in Omkara: This Vishal Bhardwaj film was released in 2006 and was based on Shakespeare’s Othello.Playing Langda Tyagi was perhaps the welcome thing for Saif who portrayed the role outstandingly and won Filmfare award for Best Villain.

Jai Vardhan Singh/Young Veer Singh in Love Aaj Kal: Saif Ali Khan not only was in the lead role, but also produced Love Aaj Kal, a romantic comedy in 2009. Saif was seen playing two roles and did well in both the roles, he played modern lover Jai Vardhan Singh and the younger version of yesteryear’s lover Veer Singh (Rishi Kapoor). His first production was a smash-hit at the box office.