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Going global

Saif Ali Khan looks to conquer Hollywood



Role models Saif Ali Khan: ‘My parents were popular across the globe and I know how wonderful the feeling is'

It won't be wrong to say that Bollywood is a kingdom run by the Khans, where Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan has slowly and steadily made a place for himself. Unfazed by the title of “the fourth Khan”, he claims he is not in competition with anyone; rather he is happy with the position he has in the industry. “I have immense respect for the senior Khans. They have worked in iconic and more successful films. Aamir's debut movie, ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak,' was a super hit, Salman's ‘Maine Pyar Kiya' was also a super hit, Shah Rukh's done equally good,” he explains. “In fact, Shah Rukh owns Bollywood,” he quips.

The actor, at Gurgaon's Epicentre to join celebrations with Taj Enlighten Film Society, which has been validated as India's largest film society by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI), is full of jest and witty rejoinders. Now two decades old in the industry, Saif is hopeful of a long innings.

Describing Bollywood as the only real democratic place, he states, “Bollywood attracts people from all walks of life and truly demonstrates people's power.” Vouching his love for acting, he proclaims, “I love being a star and I have never wished for any other profession.”

Son of Sharmila Tagore and cricketing legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, he, however grew up without watching any television.

“I grew up in Bhopal, where the only source of entertainment was storytelling,” he informs. Even his first rendezvous with the VCR was set in a friend's house, which developed in him a fondness for gangster movies.

This Padma Shri award winner has garnered acclaim and appreciation for his acting ability across the country. However, his thirst for more is unquenched, and he is keenly looking for some international recognition.

“My parents were popular across the globe and I know how wonderful the feeling is.”

The lukewarm reception to his last few movies has not deterred his optimism. “I think I do have a niche. I think I have the saleability, I have the ability to roll a project as a producer as well as the lead actor, which in itself is a satisfying achievement. I have a long way to go. Work is in progress,” he says. Explaining the nuances of Bollywood, he says, “The industry is like a galaxy full of stars. To survive here, you have to be an individual and shine brighter than others.”

He also mischievously adds, “The camera does more acting than the actors. We just stare at one point and the moving camera and the sad background music intensifies the mood and situation.”

Though Saif is fluent in French, he lacks command in his mother's language, Bengali. Expressing his regret, the actor says, “I can fluently speak Bihari but I am not so good in Bengali. People from my mother's side feel betrayed but I grew up in my father's house where no one speaks Bengali.”

The actor is now busy with his first home production, “Agent Vinod”, which also stars his beau Kareena Kapoor in the lead. Speaking about the movie, he states, “It is a very basic story. We are working hard on it and trying to take the action and the drama to another level.”

UPAMA SINHA

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