For a guy who made fun of the whole nepotism debate on IIFA 2017 stage only to invite flak and regret what he said later, Saif Ali Khan, who is set to regale us as Chef Roshan Kalra on October 6, didn’t have a smooth sailing in Bollywood despite coming from an influential family. The fact that his mother, Sharmila Tagore, was one of the most loved and successful actresses of her time, didn’t endear Saif to fans or the critics. From his acting, to his looks, to his voice and his awkward dancing, critics didn’t spare the Khan, with most choosing not to be lenient with him.
Thankfully, all the negative feedback didn’t deter Saif Ali Khan and he continued to stay away from treading the safe path. One look at his filmography and you’ll know that despite his royal background and that polished diction (that comes from his initial years in the UK, where he was sent to study and get an exposure of life beyond movies), Saif has time and again transformed himself into the characters he was playing. Making us forget that he is Saif Ali Khan, the heir to the Nawab of Pataudi; or a privileged actor who was accused of winning a National Award not on merit but since ‘his mother was part of the jury’.
Sample these works for instance – the urban, rich and spoilt brat Sameer of Dil Chahta Hai; the reckless young man, hopelessly in love Rohit Patel of Kal Ho Na Ho; the reigned in Shekhar Rai of Parineeta; the fun loving, full of life Nikhil Arora of Salaam Namaste; the scheming Langda Tyadi of Omkara; the suave Ranvir Singh of Race; the confused, torn between love and ambition Veer Singh of Love Aaj Kal; the simple, humble, revolutionary Deepak Kumar of Aarakshan; the full of quirks Boris of Go Goa Gone – the list is endless.
Yes, he hasn’t enjoyed the super stardom that Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan command. But, I am in no two minds before saying that he – Saif Ali Khan – is a better actor than the other two. He is also one of the few actors who are risk takers, trying out different roles and genres and not sticking to just a certain kind of role. He hasn’t been stereotyped like how SRK has been as the eternal romantic guy or Salman as the full of swag, action hero. And that’s one reason why Saif comes out a winner! While the other two Khans are now trying out different things and struggling to make their fans like them in their experiments (Tubelight and Jab Harry Met Sejal), Saif has no ‘onscreen image’ that he needs to confine himself to.
And that’s a reason why even at 47, he doesn’t need to limit himself. While his Chef releases this week on October 6, the actor has some very interesting line-up of films coming up the next couple of years. Take a look at what Saif Ali Khan has in store for us.
Kaalakaandi, written and directed by Akshat Verma (Delhi Belly fame) is a dark comedy revolving around six characters who hail from different strata of society. But one night, their paths cross and their different worlds become one. The film was scheduled for a September 8 release but has been postponed to accommodate changes suggested by CBFC. Watch Kaalakaandi teaser below:
The poster of Baazaar with a pensive looking, grey haired Saif was intriguing enough and the tagline ‘yeh paisa bhagwan nahin, par bhagwan se kam bhi nahin’, revealed that it is going to be all about the money! Directed by Gauravv K. Chawla and written by Nikkhil Advani, Aseem Arora and Parveez Sheikh, the film tells the story of the good, bad and ugly of the Indian stock market and is touted to be inspired by Hollywood’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Initially slated for December 2017 release, the official release date is still awaited.
India.com had exclusively informed its readers that Saif will be part of Nikhil Advani’s film on the Batla House encounter. The two have earlier worked together in Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and Nikhil has been waiting to direct him again. We heard that Saif had always been his first choice. As per recent reports, his Bullett Raja co-star Sonakshi Sinha has been roped in to play the female lead in the film that might go on floors this year itself. The film will recreate the 19 September 2008 encounter, against Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists in Batla House locality in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar. Saif is touted to play the role of encounter specialist and Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the operation and lost his life during the incident.
Zombie Comedy Go Goa Gone (2013) had ended with a clear hint of a sequel and a part 2 may be on anvil. We hear that Saif Ali Khan has given a nod to the script of Go Goa Gone 2, written and to be directed by Raj and DK. The quirky comedy might go on floors next year, with Saif also producing this one like the original, under his home banner Illuminati Films.
Woowww (just like Saif says it), that’s an impressive line-up, isn’t it? And no one role or film is similar to the other. That’s Saif for you! He’s serving us some irresistible flavors this Friday and coming soon with some more delectable stories to suit every palate! Stay tuned!