Why Saif Ali Khan thinks colleagues Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh are more successful than he is.
Do you aspire to be in the coveted Rs 100-crore club?
Of course. You need to make a certain type of film for that. But I also want to make successful films that will appeal to everyone, including me. Following trends can be dangerous. What if the trend dissipates in the middle of the making? Then you are jacked as you’ve invested so much money. You should make what you feel is right. My attitude will always be: let’s make a good film, and hope it makes it to the Rs 100-crore club.
Do you think you belong in the revered Khan club?
Just because I share the surname doesn’t mean I belong to that league. Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan are much more successful than I am and have iconic films to their credit. I don’t. I’m a successful actor who is good and saleable. We are the results of our own capabilities.
I do not have a fixed regimen. I don’t consciously follow a lifestyle or work out every day. I get bored with routine. I do what I wish to. If I want to watch TV, leaving behind other stuff, I’ll do that. If I want to indulge, eat food of my taste, I’ll eat for days. If I want to relax and go on a holiday, I’ll do that.
Sounds very nawabi!
My grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, and dad, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, were good examples of what nawabs are like. Very disciplined and proper. I’m nowhere close to them. I think of them as international stars. The Marylebone Cricket Club commissioned a trophy in Pataudi’s name, to be competed for in the Test series between India and England, and recently a memorial lunch in my father’s name was organised at the Lords, London. I mean, that’s how I wish to be.
But you have a certain standing in your chosen field.
I’m well-paid and enjoying what I have in my career. But my conscience tells me there’s more to it. I want to go international in my field, like my father and grandfather. But I don’t mean taking my films to a festival. I want to do something big.
Who shares a better chemistry with you in Cocktail? Deepika or Diana Penty?
This is my first film with Diana, so I can’t say much about it. Deepika and I share good chemistry on-screen.