Actors are often known to give the ‘right’ answers. But it seems that Saif Ali Khan doesn’t care.
Fans trying to get in touch with him? Too bad. He doesn’t want to be available. You want to know about his personal life? He says he’ll refuse to answer your questions.
As for his stint as a producer, he’s not afraid to admit that he hasn’t made the best moves, or movies, yet.
You’ve produced four films so far. How do you rate yourself?
My career as a producer has supported my career as an actor. I didn’t get into it to make money. Thank God, because I’ve not made any! I’ve made Love Aaj Kal (2009), Cocktail (2012), Go Goa Gone (this year) and Agent Vinod (2012), though that (Agent Vinod) isn’t the best film we’ve made. My last production (Go Goa Gone) wasn’t a very successful experiment. It was a lesson learnt. I didn’t get paid for it; I’m not the Mahatma Gandhi of cinema; I can’t keep doing things for free.
Do you consciously try and keep your personal life out of the limelight now?
You have to be careful, and the simplest way to do it is to not answer questions. In the early stages of your relationship, you get confused about whether you should talk about it or not. After you’re married, there’s no need to talk at all.
A popular actor married to another popular actor. People will always be interested in your personal life.
It does take over sometime, so you should just say you don’t wish to talk about it. The most efficient way of doing it is, if there’s a question you don’t like, you just say what you want. You just give a different
Unlike other Bollywood actors, you’re not so accessible to your fans, through Twitter or otherwise.
I don’t want to be easily accessible. I’m aware of who’s trying to get in touch, but sometimes I don’t want to be in touch with half of them… I like my life; I like to watch some television after shooting, and I like silence
in my apartment. I don’t want people around me always. I don’t want to be on Twitter and I don’t want to talk to my fans all the time.
Tell us about your next release.
Tigmanshu Dhulia (director) is a northerner, and he makes films that are ‘man-style’ (sic), with characters from the western Uttar Pradesh mafia. India is divided into many colourful sections with people who speak in different languages and accents. Hardly anyone speaks pure Hindi like Mr Bachchan does. I’m happy that I’ve reached a level of maturity where I have a chance to play this role.
Is this character similar to that of Langda Tyagi from Omkara (2006)?
That was Shakespeare and it was a different world. This is a hero. That was a villain and was strongly supported with lots of stars and it was Vishal (Bhardwaj; film-maker) at his best. I hope people like my performance because we took care that I dressed in a particular way, spoke in that accent and had a different body language. It feels like a complete performance.
What is your favourite genre of cinema?
I like escapist cinema; things that kind of make you forget what’s happening in your own life. When I started my career, I wasn’t able to play a tough guy on screen because I looked boyish. I feel it’s an achievement that I can do so today.
This is the first time you have teamed up with Sonakshi Sinha. How was the experience of working with her?
It was really nice. She’s sweet and very grounded. Refreshingly, there’s no drama and she’s not in a rush to get somewhere. It’s good to work with someone so calm and accommodating and sweet in nature.