Boosted by the success of Race, Saif Ali Khan who jogs on the treadmill for about 45 minutes everyday ran the stretch between Delhi's Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate on Thursday carrying the Olympic torch.
While others like footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, ex-cop Kiran Bedi, and even his sister Soha Ali Khan had dropped out at the last minute, the actor kept his commitment as brand ambassador of the Lenovo group.
However Khan made no bones about the fact that he was all for freedom. "The Olympics is a huge platform for the cause of Tibet to be highlighted," he asserted.
And while respecting his sister's decision to stay away for ‘personal reasons,' he pointed out that the Dalai Lama himself was all for the games being held this year in the Chinese capital of Beijing.
"Maybe I'm being idealistic but we also have issues with Pakistan over Kashmir, yet we play cricket with them. England too has had issues with Northern Ireland but they still play rugby together," he argued.
When asked if steady date Kareena Kapoor had accompanied him to Delhi, the smiling star rolled up his sleeve and showed off his much-talked-about tattoo.
He also had a ring on his wedding finger which immediately fanned speculations that the couple had gone through a secret nikaah. "It's just a gold ring. Don't read anything into it," he cautioned. "The most important thing in my life right now is work."
The actor was recently at the receiving end of union health minister, Anbumani Ramadoss who linked his ‘heart attack' to the fact that not long ago he was endorsing potato chips.
Saif retaliated, "It was not a heart attack but an almost heart attack," and had been brought on by the fact that he had exerted himself with too much of dancing and smoking. He's leading a healthier life now thanks to Kapoor's influence but admitted he had not quit eating chips.
"Junk food is fun if taken in moderation," he laughed.
Meanwhile, he's looking forward to the release of Tashan next week. It's special not just because of Kareena but because son Ibrahim also makes his debut in the film.