A stranger accosted Saif Ali Khan recently in Marrakech and it turned out to be none other than Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese. The Bollywood heartthrob was in Marrakech when the acclaimed director came up to him to talk about his mother Sharmila Tagore. The Raging Bull director, it turned out, is a huge fan of Tagore’s work in Satyajit Ray films like Devi and Apur Sansar.
“It was a surprise. He told me that he had grown up watching my mother in Satyajit Ray’s films and adores her. And that is amazing because he grew up in New York,” says Khan. The 40-year-old actor is currently busy with his first production venture, spy thriller Agent Vinod, which also stars Kareena Kapoor in the lead.
“It is a very basic story. We are working hard on it and trying to take the action and drama to another level,” he says.
Khan goes on to say that he is not in competition with the three other Khans of Bollywood — Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman, as he feels that has “a long way to go.”
“They have worked in iconic and more successful films. Aamir’s debut movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a superhit, Salman’s Maine Pyar Kiya was also a superhit, Shah Rukh’s done equally good. I am really happy at the position where I am,” Saif says.
“I look forward to doing better films and rising up to that position, but they are senior to me and have worked in great films. They completely deserve the position they are in. I have a lot of respect for them.”
After Omkara, the actor is once again in talks with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj to star in his next film. “I am looking forward to working with Vishal Bhardwaj. We are on the verge of finalising things,” he adds.