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Saif to play a young lecturer

Director Prakash Jha to present Saif Ali Khan in a realistic role in Aarkshan. The actor will be playing a young lecturer who is looking to pursue his doctorate along side his job.

bollywood Updated: Jan 19, 2011 17:54 IST
Priyanka Jain

After the success of


last year, director Prakash Jha goes on the floors with


(Reservation) today in Bhopal. Jha reveals, “Saif (Ali Khan) will be playing a young lecturer who is looking to pursue his doctorate along side his job.” Jha promises that the role is just right for Khan’s age.

Known for extracting performances from commercial faces like Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, Jha’s film could be a lifesaver for Khan. After the debacle of


and the lukewarm response to

Love Aaj Kal

in 2009, Khan had no release last year and desperately needs a hit. This year, he has his own home production,

Agent Vinod

, in the pipeline. Apart from Khan, Jha’s movie will feature Manoj Bajpai and Prateik Babbar in other pivotal roles. Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone will play father and daughter in the film.

Saif Ali Khan

Khan, who has just returned from a Swiss vacation with girlfriend Kareena Kapoor, is set to leave for Bhopal on a 60-day schedule for


. Jha says, “Arrangements have been on full swing for the last four months in the city. We will shoot at real locations all over Bhopal.”

Jha says he is not perturbed that both his actors – Padukone and Khan - have not had a solid run at the box office recently: “I am confident of Deepika and have enjoyed all her performances, right from

Bachna Ae Haseeno

. I had cast Ranbir (Kapoor) despite


’s failure. I look at an actor’s potential and not just their recent box office success.”

Regarding the topic of reservation, Jha promises he will not present a biased view. He says, “I am not for or against reservation. Supreme Court judgments have made aarakshan (reservation) the truth of our life. I raise questions and emotions of people related

to the issue.”

By the book

Reacting to Sharmila Tagore’s statements that his production

Turning 30

’s promos were circulated on channels without a censor certificate, Jha says, “Thirty-eight promos were approved with a U/A certificate by the Censor Board. Only those have been released. Sharmila is misinformed.”