Saif Ali Khan, who has spent over two decades in Bollywood, has had a successful career so far. However, the actor says that even though he is content with his professional life, he still “wants to prove” himself. Now, with a vast variety of films in his kitty, he feels that the opportunity to do so is closer than ever before.
A few months ago, reports revealed that Saif and Kangana Ranaut were set to star in director Reema Kagti’s next film. But due to some reason, things didn’t work out as planned, and both the stars opted out of the project. Now, interestingly, Saif and Kangana will be seen together, along with Shahid Kapoor, in Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming movie. Ask him if it was almost destined for him to work with Kangana, and he says, “I guess so. These things happen.”
Probe him about what he thinks of her, the current reigning heroine of Bollywood, and he says, “More than what I think of her, it is what she symbolises that is important. You’ve got to work hard, try different things and give it your best, and then magiccan happen. It’s a wonderful lesson to all of us in the industry, and to anyone joining the industry or even actors, in general. That’s what it (Kangana’s journey) symbolises… how things can change dramatically; how that one role or one film can redefine everything.”
A still from Phantom.
With the box officeperformances of films gaining more and more prominence, Bollywood is increasingly being perceived as a highly fickle and money-driven industry. But Saif doesn’t see a problem with that. “Ultimately, actors have got to make money, and they have got to perform for their investors, or else they won’t get paid. If you want to get paid, you have to perform, and if you don’t perform now, hopefully, you will, in your next release,” he says.
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Professionally, Saif says that, now on, he solely wants to focus on doing good films. “I want to just work with good directors, and focus on doing more good work. It should have always been that, and I suppose that was the intention too, but maybe in production, one got a little waylaid by various things. I want to prove myself to myself, and I am keen on being part of good cinema.I think working with Vishal is a good start.”