Saif Ali Khan is amused by the casting speculations surrounding films like Two States, Aarakshan and Dreams. Reportedly, he committed to the screen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s latest novel that is now being made with Shah Rukh Khan and Vishal Bhardwaj.
“They’re a great combo; if I had the rights, I’d have gone with them too,” says Saif, adding that when he heard about the movie, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Siddharth Anand were working on it. “I had nothing to do with it.”He points to similar rumours about Ajay Devgn walking into and then out of Aarakshan. Ajay recently denied having ever agreed to do the film. But Saif has given his nod to Prakash Jha and will open the new year with Aarakshan. "It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to be associated with another challenging role like Langda Tyaagi (Omkara, 2006) and the sardar (Love Aaj Kal, 2009), a character that people wouldn’t normally associate me with. The reservation policy is an interesting subject and I’m looking forward to sharing the screen with Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) after Eklavya (2006)."
Vishal’s much-discussed Dreams that supposedly started a musical chairs contest between Abhay Deol and him draws a chuckle: “It reads like a political manifesto. He’s in…. He’s out!”
Saif admits Vishal and he have been in talks for a while, but are unsure about what they will end up doing: “We’re keen to work together, but the question of what and when remains undecided.”
Meanwhile, Illuminati Films has silenced gossip that Saif and his partner, Dinesh Vijan, have split, by announcing a new production with the actor and Deepika Padukone in the lead. It’s being scripted by Imtiaz Ali (director of Love Aaj Kal) and directed by Homi Adajania (director of Being Cyrus), will go on the floors in April.
“Filmi rom com is a dead genre and if it isn’t yet, it should be shot. But Imtiaz has written a love story with a modern sensibility that should appeal to the Twilight generation. I wasn’t sure earlier if Homi could direct it but I think him not being a filmi bachcha, will give the popular genre an exciting look,” he reasons.
On his supposed split with Dinesh, Saif retorts, “Don’t believe everything you read. Between us we’ve built a production house and will continue to make movies together.”
Their second production, Agent Vinod, he insists, is on track and refutes the buzz about it being delayed and going over budget. “We’re not cutting any corners. It has James Bond’s flamboyance, Jason Bourne’s attitude and a little bit of the adventurer Tintin,” asserts Saif, who’s also part of Race 2.
Where does the hectic schedule leave Kareena Kapoor? “By my side,” he smiles. “Kareena definitely has been a good influence, professionally and personally.”
Supposedly, they’ve secretly tied the knot and are waiting to make a public announcement? “Don’t believe everything you read,” he repeats. “When there’s an announcement to be made, we’ll let you know. For now, I’m waiting to take off to Gstaad with the Princess of Gstaad.”