Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan have had a very long professional relationship.
Saif Ali Khan first tasted success when he co-starred with Akshay Kumar. He had made his debut in Parampara (1992), and then did four films over the next two years. But all of them proved to be duds. His first big success was with Yeh Dillagi (1994) with Akshay Kumar.
Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan in Yeh Dillagi
Yeh Dillagi was a Yash Raj production and was directed by Naresh Malhota. Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan starred in the movie along with Kajol. Vijay (Akshay Kumar) and Vicky (Saif Ali Khan) are brothers who belong to a rich family. Both of them fall in love with Sapna (Kajol). Sapna is their driver’s daughter, but is also a successful model. Sapna loves Vijay but he is ready to sacrifice his love for Vicky’s sake. However, finally Vicky realizes the truth and the lovers unite. The movie was a huge success and both Akshay Kumar and Kajol were nominated for Best Actor awards.
Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan in Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Yeh Dillagi was followed by another success in the same year. Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994) was directed by Sameer Malkhan and also starred Shilpa Shetty. Akshay Kumar played a cop Karan, who is on a mission to find his brother’s killer. Saif Ali Khan took on the role of Deepak, an actor. Deepak finds Karan’s work fascinating and wants to hang out with him. Karan agrees on the condition that Deepak helps him to trace his brother’s killers. The movie was very successful at the box office.
After Main Khiladi and Tu Anari, the Akshay Kumar-Saif Ali Khan pair came together in movies likeTu Chor Main Sipahi (1994), Keemat (1998) and Arzoo (1999).
Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan in Tashan
After a spate of films together in the 1990s, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan did not act together for nearly eight years. Their next professional pairing was for Tashan (2008). Others in the cast included Kareena Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Saif Ali Khan’s son Ibrahim also played a small role in the movie. The pre-release hype surrounding Tashan was huge. The media buzzed with news about all the actors sporting new looks and it was rated as the Most Awaited Movie of the Year in a radio poll. However the movie flopped badl