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Saif Ali Khan says he’s on social media, provides clues about his secret identity

Saif Ali Khan appeared on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show Pinch to respond to mean tweets, talk about his son Taimur, his acting skills and featuring in Sacred Games.

bollywood Updated: May 14, 2019 17:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Saif Ali Khan on Arbaaz Khan’s show Pinch.

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan says he did not want to accept the Padma Shri, saying there are more talented people in the industry. The actor spoke about the award on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show Pinch where celebs talk address the issues related to social media.

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Reading a mean tweet about himself, Saif said, “This two bit thug who bought a Padma Shri named his son Taimur and beat up some people in a restaurant. How the hell did he get a role in Sacred Games? He can hardly act.” While the actor agreed with the Padma Shri assertion, he had an issue about being addressed as a ‘two bit thug’. “Two bit thug? I am not, everything else is true,” he said, adding on a serious note, “It is a bit....(Arbaaz chipped in to say ‘expensive’) for me to bribe the Indian government, you will have to ask more senior people. There are so many senior, talented people in the industry who do not have it that I did not feel like accepting it. Of course, there are some people who I feel deserve it less than me also. I wanted to give it back, I didn’t want to accept it. My father told me ‘I don’t think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government’.”

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“I hope, in time, because I am still enjoying acting and am not done yet, I hope when I look back and when people look back they say ‘okay he deserves it (Padma Shri)’,” Saif added.

He also talked about his son’s name. “I think Taimur is a beautiful name... it means iron and it sounds beautiful. I am aware that it sounds like and people thought it is based on the Turkish-Mongul invader, called Timur. I am saying it is not the same name. If you are telling me one letter does not make a difference then luck and f**k are different words, aren’t they?”

He also spoke about his scuffle in a restaurant and said, “This is very unfortunate incident and there is no excuse for this. Actors, stars have a responsibility to avoid such encounters. Beating up is a bit of exaggeration it was a scuffle.”

When Arbaaz pointed out that neither Saif nor Kareena are on social media, he said, “She is not on social media? She is there all the time!” When told she has a ‘khufia account’, Saif said, “I don’t know about this ‘khufia’ account but she is aware.” He also revealed that he has social media accounts as well and that one of those accounts is named after his character in his last film, Bazaar.

When reminded of an incident where Saif had asked his driver to roll up the windows and take the car back, ‘Warna padegi’, Saif says, “This is the politest thing I have said. In the given situation, if I would have been rude, I do not know how offended these people would be!”

Talking about the media circus around his son, he said, “It would be so nice to live in a culture that allowed children to be children. Play in a park and do what he wants...without being a celebrity. Even he has started saying ‘media’. I say where’s the media and he points outside. All of our kids want to join films and I am a little concerned about that. I feel there should be other choices.”

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He went on to say that he has been taught ‘you can’t impress everyone, hence what people think should not really bother you’. “As long as your fundamentals are straight, your family, your friends believe in what you are doing. Some people’s opinions matter but people at large...I think it will be a waste of energy to try and make everyone happy.”

Saif also says people should not listen to actors about anything except acting. When told he is a fake nawab, Saif says, “I am not interested in being a nawab, I am interested in being an actor.”

He further revealed that his father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, officially changed his signature and name to Mansoor Ali Khan when the Indian government abolished all princely titles. “His entire life, he was called Pataudi, his signature was Pataudi and the day the government announced, he changed his signature on everything, his cheques and all.”

Saif, who is shooting for his next film where he plays a Naga sadhu, will be seen next in the second season of Sacred Games. The teaser of the second season of Sacred Games was released recently and has been received well.

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First Published: May 14, 2019 15:30 IST