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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

Saif Ali Khan found his role of a Dalit in “Aarakshan” most challenging because it didn’t come naturally to him and admits that the film has changed his perspective about reservation policies and he now feels they should exist.
“When I got this movie, I was completely against reservations. I felt that things should be done on merit. That was my first thought, but after having done the movie, I realised that there is another side to it, which is that most people in our country are very underprivileged and they have no chance in life,” Saif told reporters here.
“It’s not like you can get a job without passing the exam. So even if 10-20 percent of the backward classes manage to get an education, it is good. So after doing this film, I have altered my mind on reservations to quite an extent. I think it should exist, but to what extent and what percentage that is debatable,” he added.
Set for an August 12 release, director Prakash Jha’s “Aarakshan” is a high voltage drama centering on caste-based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar.
Saif played a rustic guy in “Omkara” and a terrorist in “Kurbaan”, but found his role of a Dalit in “Aarakshan” the most challenging.
“It was very challenging to get into the character for this film because this is a role where more than acting, it’s about looking and feeling the part from inside and having a certain expression in your eyes,” said the 40-year-old.
“I talked a lot about it with Prakashji and prepared for it. Prakashji basically said that the character has a Zen-like calm rather than edgy.
“Lot of things helped, like the clothes, the hairstyle, the moustache. These are slightly more external things, but the idea was to learn how to feel the part. It’s probably the most challenging role I had to do because it doesn’t come at all naturally to me to be that,” he added.
Although the actor is quite excited about his role, controversey has already begun to hound the film. Recently Jha got a letter from a group called Dalit Suraksha Samiti, protesting against the portrayal of Saif as a Dalit.
When asked about this, Saif said: “It’s become a habit now to raise a voice on things. Sometimes the protests have relevance and a point, but sometimes it is unnecessary. It is difficult to keep everyone happy. It’s a wrong thing that without watching the film, an objection has been raised. When they see the film, they will be happy.”

Success has come the hard way for Saif Ali Khan. After being in Bollywood for a long period of time, he was able to give some solo hits in the form of ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Hum Tum’. And once Saifu turned a producer with Love Aaj Kal and then the forthcoming Agent Vinod there has been no looking back for him. Being in the field for a long enough time now, Saif feels all the success that he is now getting is the result of his long run of hard work in the industry. According to him, self belief is the ultimate.

You have been in the industry for long, but if now people were to watch your old movies from the 90s wouldn’t it feel strange?

True, at times even I feel weird when I watch them, but not always.

To speak the truth whenever I watch them I feel I have worked very hard to reach this position. In those films I have worked very hard on dancing. With high waist jeans and a different hair cut, I started a new trend in the industry.

Especially the emergence of cable networks and satellite rights helped a lot to spread this trend. Watching them makes me feel that all the success that I am getting today is the result of the hard work of those days. Also Hindi films have become a lot more cool and happening only recently. After which we have reached the international level too.

During the 90s, for a long time you were among the flop actor and then that ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ gave you the right opportunity?

That is correct. I had started off in the industry on a very bad note. With ‘Parampara’ and ‘Aashik 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 which started the worst phase of my life with 17 flop films in a row. And then came in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, 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 hero version like Amitabh Bachchan.

With films like ‘Omkara’ and ‘Being Cyrus’ you tried to change your image from a goofy lover boy to a mature actor?

I believe that initially I didn’t have faith in myself which is wrong when your director has complete faith in you. Hence whether it is ‘Langda Tyagi’ of ‘Omkara’ or ‘Being Cyrus’ 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.

Recently you had faced several health issues, how are you now?

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.

With two kids, how is the experience of being a dad?

The birth of Sara and Ibrahim was the ultimate moment of happiness for me. The moment one takes their small child in their lap, the happiness comes out naturally. And the best part is that when they grow up, your values reflect in their behavior. Like Ibrahim doesn’t like capital punishment and also has one girlfriend. I don’t know till how long he will stand firm but I have complete faith in him.

The mother to your children Amrita Singh doesn’t stay with you. Do you have to work hard to keep away this pressure from the children?

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 the kids. I like talking for long and having fun with Sara and Ibrahim. They usually come on the sets of my movies to meet me, like some days back they had come to Bhopal to meet me.

Sara is not 16 years old, are you worried about the kind of boyfriends she has?

No, we share lot of talks be and she always tells me about them. I believe spending time with kids and creating a strong bond with them is extremely important.