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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.

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

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

‘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 Rediff.com. 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.

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.