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Failures to fame, and from the slide down to tasting success, Saif Ali Khan has come a long way.

After being in Bollywood for a long period of time, he was able to give some solo hits in the form of ‘ Hum Tum’ and ‘ Parineeta’, a cool 12 years after the starson debuted on celluloid. More known as Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s son, Saif’s hits came only in the form of multi- starrers like ‘ Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ and ‘ Dil Chahta Hai’. Although he did win the Filmfare award for best male debut for his film ‘ Aashiq Awara’ ( 1993), the run after that was never so easy for the actor.

And Saif still hasn’t forgotten those days.

” Every time I watch my old movies I realise how hard I have worked to reach this position. With high waist jeans and a different haircut, I started a new trend in the industry. And with the emergence of cable networks and satellite rights around the same time, the trend spread like wildfire.

Watching them makes me feel that all the success that I am getting today is the result of the hard work of those days. Hindi films have now become a lot more cool and happening with recognition at many levels internationally,” says Saif.

This actor had to go through a string of flops just before some hope was sparked with Farhan Akhtar’s youthful movie ‘ Dil Chahta Hai’ in 2001. Speaking about his career graph in Bollywood, Saif says, ” I had started off in the industry on a very bad note. With ‘ Parampara’ and ‘ Aashiq Awara’ being moderately hit, ‘ Yeh Dillagi’ brought in some relief. With gripping music and an amazing love story, it turned out to be my first hit film. Immediately after that came ‘ Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ which was another good film. After this started the worst phase of my life with 17 flop films in a row! And then ‘ Dil Chahta Hai’ happened which changed the trend of Hindi cinema completely.

Farhan Akhtar came up with an amazing urban character which was much different compared to the ‘ desi’ version of a hero like Amitabh Bachchan.” And after playing this youthful act Saif Ali Khan was all set to experiment with roles and characters. Saif was open to playing characters even having a negative side… anything that was different appealed to this actor. With films like ‘ Being Cyrus’ and ‘ Omkara’ coming his way, Saif was appreciated for his acting. ” I believe that initially I didn’t have faith in myself. This is wrong and shouldn’t happen because your director has complete faith in you. Whether it is ‘ Langda Tyagi’ of ‘ Omkara’ or even the character of the 10th standard school teacher that I play in ‘ Aarakshan’, I must have complete faith. Similarly I played a Sikh lover boy in ‘ Love Aaj Kal’ while I had never imagined I would play a Sikh character,” says Saif. And once Saifu turned a producer with ‘ Love Aaj Kal’ and the forthcoming ‘ Agent Vinod’, there has been no looking back for him.

Perhaps so much hard work and long innings in the industry seems to have taken its toll on the star’s health. No wonder then he was admitted to hospital some time back. But Saif is singing a different tune.

” According to my doctor, my lungs are like those of a non- smoker athlete. In order to stay fit and healthy I have quit smoking two years back.

Also I have been doing yoga and following a proper diet because of which I have control over my health. Also I have reduced eating red meat so as to keep my body healthy,” he says.

This single father of two seems to have managed his professional and personal life well. Having experienced all the pressure Saif says, ” I have no complaints from my present situation. I make every effort so my children receive all the love and attention from me. I believe being a father one needs to create a strong connection with kids. I like talking for long and having fun with Sara and Ibrahim.” As his face lights up talking about his kids, we don’t interrupt. ” The birth of Sara and Ibrahim was the ultimate moment of happiness for me. Happiness comes out naturally the moment one takes their small child in their lap.

And the best part is that when they grow up, your values reflect in their behaviour. I believe, creating a strong bond with our children is extremely important,” he says without holding back.

Saif Ali Khan has come a long way from the awkward starkid who was trying hard to find his feet in Bollywood.

Today, Saif is one of the top stars and is counted amongst the Khans of Bollywood, i.e. Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir and is dating the reigning queen of Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor. Here are some those films which mark Saif’s slow growth as an actor and his establishment as a major star.

Aashik Aawara

Released in 1993, the film was his first as a lead actor and also the first time he acted alongside his mother. Not a great film, but he won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for the film.

Yeh Dillagi

This film was his first major hit after his flop-show at the very start of his career. Starring opposite Kajol and Akshay Kumar, this single hit was again followed by a string of flops.

Kachche Dhaage

Saif showed up time and again in multi-starrers like Kachche Dhaage amongst others which were a better option for him as lead roles in films never fared well for him. For his role, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Dil Chahta Hai

‘Dil Chahta Hai was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to Saif Ali Khan as it re-introduced him to the industry in a totally different light. Farhan Akhtar explored a different realm of Saif’s acting ability and many called Saif’s career-best performance.

Kal Ho Naa Ho

Saif’s role in Nikhil Advani’s drama was appreciated all, and established Saif as a bankable star. He won another Filmfare and several other awards for the movie.

Hum Tum

With ‘Hum Tum’, Saif’s popularity had risen to a large extent. His portrayal of a man’s journey through different phases of his life was lauded by critics. Saif won the coveted national Award for Best Actor for this film.


‘Omkara’ was a landmark in terms of Saif’s growth as an actor. “Omkara marks Saif’s emergence into the very forefront of his acting peers, and we gleefully applaud”, stated the review by Film critic Derek Elley wrote, “It’s Khan’s movie through and through, in a performance of rugged, contained malevolence which trades on his previous screen persona as a likable best friend as well as his stint as the manipulative outsider in ‘Being Cyrus’.

Love Aaj Kal

‘Love Aaj Kal’ was Saif’s first project as a producer. Acting alongside Deepika Padukone and Rishi Kapoor, it was an absolute delight to watch his performance. Critically and commercially successful, the film was another feather in his cap.

With all the buzz recently about actor Saif Ali Khan working on projects such as Agent Vinod, and Aarakshan and all the news about him being at Cannes film festival this year, we thought we would reflect at the actors past and his road to success.
It took Saif Ali Khan many years to perfect the art of Bollywood acting; we wonder whether it was the bad chose of roles played or simply the British sense of humour that the Indian audiences did just not understand. Saif seemed to have left the audience think twice as to whether he would ever be true Bollywood material.

Son of yester year’s well renowned actress, Sharmila Tagore and famous cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Patodi, success had definitely come the hard way for this actor, who recently stated that he felt weird watching his earlier films; high waist jeans and the long hair cut. Though a trend setter, Saif was never quite the actor known to deliver solo hero films.
However, all changed with the block buster hit, Kal Ho Na Ho, though the movie starred Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta who were already established at the time, Saif’s performance did not go unnoticed. The film boosted his profile as a Bollywood actor, and thereafter he starred in many successful films like; Parineeta, Hum Tum, Omkara and Love Aaj Kal to name a few.
Nevertheless being successful in Bollywood comes with a price, his personal life was on the rocks, married to Amrita Singh at the tender age of 21 years, Saif began dating Italian dancer Rosa Catalano and ended his 13 year marriage with Amrita. However, that wasn’t the end of his love story, in 2007 he started dating one of Bollywood’s most successful actresses, Kareena Kapoor who he lovingly calls, Bebo.
With the constant media interference as to when will he drop the big question to Kareena, Saif feels that less concentration is given to him as an actor and more as a lover. Well, that’s another price to pay in Bollywood; once you start dating a popular celebrity, the media will follow you everywhere. Keeping it all hush hush about his plans to wed Kareena, the actor has been focusing on his up coming projects, Agent Vinod and Aarakshan.
Now with daughter Sara growing up so fast, and having the aspiration to become an actress already, Saif is one B-town celeb who will always remain in the limelight.
We wish him wel

Behind their macho images lie thorough mamma’s boys! Bollywood heroes reveal their softer side on the occasion of Mother’s Day, talking about how their mothers have influenced them, not just through their growing years, but in their careers and adult lives.

From the all-powerful Khans —Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir and Saif — to the younger Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and others, B’town owes much to mere paas ma hain

Saif Ali Khan – Wind beneath his wings

Chote nawab Saif Ali Khan has always been close to mom Sharmila Tagore. “She is a strong lady and influenced us most during our growing years,” he says. “We were all scared of our father and hardly spoke to him but mom was always friendly. We were brought up in a traditional style and she made sure that we participated in all the religious customs and traditions. But she also gave us a lot of space. She let me make my own decisions, never interfered in my work. It’s ironical that while I was always influenced by her, today I want to be like my father!