I’m a little less clueless now: Saif Ali Khan on his evolution in cinema and in life
Actor Saif Ali Khan believes he has led a “creative life”, which consists of learning and evolving with the times despite the poor start of his career. Over the past two decades, Khan has created a versatile filmography – a combination of commercial hits such as “Race”, “Love Aaj Kal”, “Cocktail”, “Jawaani Jaaneman” and “Bhoot”. Police ” as well as the critically acclaimed films ” Ek Hasina Thi ”, ” Being Cyrus ”, ” Omkara ” and ” Tanhaji ”.
At 51, the actor says he is now a more conscious individual than the “completely distraught” person he was when he debuted the 1993 film “Parampara”.
I was completely clueless and now I’m a little less clueless, that’s the extent of my evolution. I mean, you learn and life teaches you things. If you keep doing the same thing and you don’t change, then you are aging in a different way. But if you evolve and learn and develop, you can be interesting at 50. You have a lot of experience, ” Khan told PTI in an interview.
Son of veteran actor Sharmila Tagore and late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Khan said there had been many “influences”, whether it was his father who was the son of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi , the last ruler of the princely state of Pataudi. during the British Raj, or his mother, who is a member of the prominent Tagore family of Bengal.
“I think I did well from the art that I collected from the houses that I built to the kind of legacy that I tried to nurture, Pataudi, in the work that I do. It’s been a creative life so far, especially with a bad start.
“ I think there were influences that I was very lucky to have like the kind of academic educational influences or even the influences from my father and the legacy of my grandfather, the Tagores. . There are a lot of things that go into what makes a person. ‘Khan was once nicknamed the chocolate boy in Indian cinema due to his clean and suave appearances in films such as’ Imtihaan’, ” Yeh Dillagi ”, ” Main Khiladi Tu Anari ” and ” Tu Chor Main Sipahi ”, but with her performance in films like ” Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein ”, ” Being Cyrus ” and ” Ek Haseena Thi ”, the actor proved that there is more than beauty in him.
“I always thought it was really interesting to do different things. I just thought that Homi (Adajania, director of ‘Being Cyrus’) was very interesting and that making a film in English would be fun.
“I thought ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ would be great because I was doing ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and everyone said, ‘chocolate boy’. And I thought it would be pretty cool to play that kind of role. Ram Gopal Varma (producer of “Ek Haseena Thi) gave me the chance to act like someone else.” ‘.
In the film, Khan tried out the role of accomplice Langda Tyagi, a role that contrasted sharply with the urban, suave characters he had played in his previous films.
Now, 15 years later, the actor admits that ‘Omkara’ has set a benchmark for his career, but at the same time, he believes there are many other performances that have been praised by critics as well. and the fans.
“I think somewhere ‘Omkara’ set a benchmark early in my career. I don’t think you can do more and be totally different. So I am very happy with this reference and very proud of this film, but I constantly think that there has to be more in life than “Omkara”.
“For some of my other films, a lot of times people have written that ‘this is his best performance yet.’ So it’s good that they said that. So as long as this continues, that’s fine. ”He gave the example of“ Tanhaji, ”in which he played the antagonist Udaybhan Singh Rathod.
“I really think ‘Tanhaji’ was amazing and Lankesh’s role in ‘Adipurush’ is amazing,” he added.
Khan’s next film “Adipurush” is directed by Om Raut, who also directed “Tanhaji”.
The new film, based on the Hindu mythological epic Ramayana, stars Southern star Prabhas in the lead role with Kriti Sanon as Sita.
Khan said if he got the chance to do things over again, he would revisit the movies he made in the ’90s and improve them a bit.
I don’t know if I would, but I wish I had the chance to do all of these things with the ability to do it a little better. Even though I think a lot of those films had a freshness … I was really doing my best in a very inhibited way.
So I’m very proud of it all because we’ve done it all and in some really tough situations some of these things have been. There are a lot of films that I would love to review and remake to make them better. ” At the same time, the actor is happy that the movie industry has evolved for the better because there is no demarcation between characters who are heroic and wicked nature.
It’s the countless industry awards that put actors into various categories, like best villain or best comedian, he said.
Many of the reward features in India are extensions of TV channels. I think each major reward feature has a different channel. They try to have as many actors as possible and then say, give this guy the best villain, give this guy the best comedian, and give this guy the best actor.
“So it loses a bit of credibility, but it suits the actors most of the time. They are happy to get a prize and to be part of the system. But the real winner is the TV channel. So they make it into a TV show and we’re all junior artists – watching, performing, doing this and that. ” PTI RB BK SHD BK BK
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