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Hollywood star Evan Rachel Wood and Bollywood heartthrob Saif Ali Khan pose together on the second night of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.They may have been clueless about each other’s existence, but Hollywood star Evan Rachel Wood and Bollywood heartthrob Saif Ali Khan did a good job of hiding it.

After an endearing “Hi, I am Saif Ali Khan” and handshake on the red carpet, the two got down to the business of playing up to the press galleries by posing together on the second night of Abu Dhabi Film Festival on Friday.

While the Agent Vinod star was in the capital to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Actor Award, the American actress was here to showcase her political thriller The Ides of March, starring and directed by George Clooney.
In a white and black Jason Wu dress paired with a blazing orange over-sized clutch, Woods confirmed what we have always believed. “George is amazing, smart and cool. He was a practical joker, as he went around with a toy gun spraying water, filming people when they weren’t watching etc,” said Woods.

Clooney wasn’t the only one who did her in. She’s game for Bollywood too. “Please don’t ask me about the latest movie I have seen, but I love Bollywood and I am open to acting in one,” she told reporters gathered at the press pit.
A suave Khan, who was earlier spotted at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahar in a white cotton tunic and red shorts looking a tad disoriented, was quick to rattle off the names of the projects on his plate.
“I have three projects that I am producing — a zombie comedy, a spy thriller and a romantic comedy with Deepika Padukone. It’s one too many, but I hope to be back in this festival with a film next time,” said Khan.

And the road has been far from easy, as is suggested by the plaster on his forehead. “It happened during the filming of my action film Agent Vinod — it’s been rather painful,” Khan explained. “We are shooting the last leg in London, Russia and Rajasthan soon.
“I have been to Abu Dhabi before, but it’s my first time to the festival. I think we share a common love — a love for cinema,” he added.
Khan was equally thrilled when he realised that his maternal relative and acclaimed Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s 1901 novella Nashtanir (The Broken Nest) adapted into a film by Satyajit Ray was being showcased at ADFF.
“He has done some amazing work and my mother [Sharmila, the great grand-niece of Tagore] often marvel at his work. He makes us proud.”
The tables were turned when he went on stage to collect his honour — a nod to his stellar career in Bollywood.

“This is by far the most useful award that I have received. Thank you and enjoy the movie,” said Khan, pointing to the watch that was presented to him.
And enjoy they did, as the packed theatre watched the thriller The Ides of March.
“The film is on politics, but it’s also about human nature and moral dilemma,” said Wood. “It’s not one-sided.”
The ADFF runs until October 22.

Dubai: Saif Ali Khan has revealed that he looked up to his late father “tremendously – in almost every way” and that he was a “remarkable man”.

The 41-year-old Bollywood actor, whose ancestors ruled Pataudi, an erstwhile princely state near Delhi – spoke for the first time about the rich legacy left behind by his famous father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi who is nicknamed “Tiger” for his aggressive sporting prowess.

Often referred to as the Chhote Nawab (junior prince) by the Indian press, the star is aware of his rich inheritance — more so than before.

“I looked up to my father tremendously — in almost every way. He was a remarkable man,” Gulf News quoted him as telling tabloid!

“He was so dignified and inspired so much respect in all of us. I will not emulate him, but I will try and absorb the very special qualities that made him the man that he is. I would like to carry on the good work that he was doing.

“I don`t know how to word it, but in whatever way I can I will take his legacy forward,” he added

Jaeger-LeCoultre takes great pride in awarding the inaugural Glory to the Actor Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, to celebrated Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, in recognition of his achievements as an actor/producer and his efforts in the developments of the Bollywood film industry.

Star of numerous Bollywood blockbusters – such as Love Aaj Kal, Race, Omkara, Parineeta, Aarakshan, and Hum Tum, and international successes, Salaam Namaste – an acting career spanning nearly 20 years, and honoured by numerous awards – such as the prestigious national Pradma Shri for his outstanding contribution to the development of the film industry in India – Saif Ali Khan is a worthy recipient of the inaugural Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Actor award.

Watch aficionado Saif – son of acclaimed Bollywood actress, Sharmila Tagore, and late India cricket captain, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi – wears an ode to his family, a personalised edition of Jaeger-LeCoultres Reverso Grand Taille with the Pataudi family crest engraved on the reverse of the case. Saif received this unique piece at the momentous celebration of the 80th anniversary of the iconic watch with Jaeger-LeCoultre in Paris in June of this year.

The award ceremony will take place on 14 October 2011, during the Abu Dhabi Film Festival at the Abu Dhabi Theater on the Corniche. The ceremony will precede the festivals gala screening of The Ides of March, a new film by George Clooney, starring Paul Giamatti, Ryan Gossling and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

We are delighted that Jaeger-LeCoultre has chosen to give the first Glory to the Actor Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and so, I am sure, are the many fans of Saif Ali Khan among the sizeable community of Bollywood lovers here in Abu Dhabi. It will be both a pleasure and an honour to celebrate the achievements of such an acclaimed actor, said Peter Scarlet, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Initially an award dedicated to filmmakers at the Venice Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre takes great pride in extending the Glory Award category at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2011 and its feature on the calendar of prestigious film festivals around the world. The Glory Award category honours and supports the film industry in recognition of both upcoming and confirmed actors, directors and producers.

“This is a partnership we are very excited about because Jaeger-LeCoultre shares our dedication to cinema as an art form, and to the recognition of the achievements of gifted actors from around the world. There are many ways our efforts complement each other and we look forward to working with Jaeger-LeCoultre in the years to come,” said Eissa Saif Rashed Al Mazrouei, Director of Special Projects for ADACH.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival

Jaeger-LeCoultre, the reference in Swiss fine watchmaking, is pleased to announce its official 3 year partnership with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), one of the largest and most influential international film festivals in the Middle East.

Jaeger-LeCoultre has a long standing connection with the film industry, and a strong commitment to supporting and promoting cinematic culture. As a major player in watchmaking history, celebrating its 178th anniversary, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a true watchmaking legend, respected for upholding watchmaking traditions and maintaining the spirit of invention. A perfect fit in a region with shared regard for tradition and heritage mixed with modernity and the ultimate quest for perfection. said Jrme Lambert, Chief Executive Officer Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Jaeger-LeCoultres long-established relations with the film industry are exemplified in its 7 year partnership with the Venice International Film Festival. The brand and the Festival share a common devotion to artistic heritage. The two sides meet each year to praise film and culture, to extol history and time. In recent years, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Venice International Film Festival have been in close cooperation to support and promote the film culture.

In addition to the Venice Film Festival, Jaeger-LeCoultre recently joined forces with the Shanghai International Film Festival, further cementing its position as supporter of the global cinematic industry.

Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre

A major player in watchmaking history since 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre is the first Manufacture to have been established in the Vallee de Joux, Switzerland. It played a pioneering role by uniting the full range of technical and artistic professions under one roof and made an indelible imprint on the watchmaking development of the entire region. The Manufacture has an impressive range of world firsts, superlative creations and legendary models to its credit, including the Reverso, the Duoplan, the Master Control, the Memovox Polaris, the Gyrotourbillon and the Atmos. Guided by time-honored know-how and a constant quest for technical enhancements, the master-watchmakers, engineers and technicians craft each watch in harmony with the same passion. Each masterpiece, heir to 178 years of expertise, calls for the exercise of no less than 40 professions and benefits from cutting-edge technologies while being crafted in harmony with the noblest traditions of the Valle de Joux. Building on a vast heritage encompassing 1,231 calibres and 398 registered patents, Jaeger-LeCoultre remains the reference in high-end watchmaking.