Saif Ali Khan recently inaugurated the World Hockey Series in Chandigarh, unveiled a new promo of his home production, Agent Vinod, shook a leg with Mika Singh to his item number, Pyaar Ki Pungi… and did a Chak de! for Indian hockey that’s on its way to the London Olympics thanks to hockey star Sandeep Singh’s drag flicks.
Drawing parallels between the sport and his spy thriller, Saif says, “Sandeep is a national hero today, and in real life, so is Agent Vinod, since he saves the country from a potential disaster. He works undercover and hockey too has been undercover for years. It’s time we gave our national sport some attention.”
The film opens on March 23 and Saif is quick to point out that it’s not a remake of the 1977 Agent Vinod that had Mahendra Sandhu in the title role. That film was produced by Sooraj Barjatya’s grandfather Tarachand, and Saif recalls talking to Sooraj’s father, Raj babu, about his movie: “Even before I could ask, he shook my hand and told me I could take the title.”
Like a Bond movie, Agent Vinod too has signature theme music, composed by Parikrama, the band Saif has played with in the past. “It’s composed by Pritam and played by Parikrama. I’d like to make a music video on it. Maybe if we have an Agent Vinod 2, you could even see Parikrama and Pritam on the big screen,” he says. Will he join them in a live concert to promote his film? He says, “I’d have loved a concert, but time is short. Maybe we’ll play one evening at the Hard Rock Café.”
‘It will settle down’ As speculated, there’s been an out-of-court settlement with NRI businessman Iqbal Meer Sharma following the brawl at Wasabi. Saif says, “It will settle down. This isn’t the first scuffle, but it was blown out of proportion by the media. The real damage has been to me and my reputation. I’ve been portrayed as a loud, manic, blood-thirsty star, who when told to keep quiet would beat up a senior citizen. But I’ve realised that stars have to conduct themselves in an exemplary fashion.”