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Saif Ali Khan lied about signing Natalie Portman

Saif Ali Khan recently said that he's signed Hollywood actress Natalie Portman for his next rom-com. The actor now says that the 'news' was nothing but a joke. Interestingly, the apology came in the wake of Portman's lawyers threatening to sue him.

bollywood Updated: Jul 31, 2012 13:55 IST
Joginder Tuteja
Joginder Tuteja
Bollywood Hungama

Expect Saif Ali Khan to bring on humour off the screen as well. Just when one thought that the actor was taking his lover boy image to the West as well, what with a film with none less than Natalie Portman being on the cards, here is the latest. The 'news' was nothing but a joke from Saif who chose to crack it after finding himself in the middle of all the speculations, assumptions and rumours.

The fact that he was obviously 'high' (no pun intended) on Cocktail further made him loosen up all the more that made him 'reveal' this 'information' which was nothing but his way to 'entertain' himself for a change.

"Saif is plain amused to see so much being said and written about his personal life as well as certain career decisions. Right from being married off to Kareena every second month to the newer dates being announced to the questions coming his way about playing a lover boy to actually getting some of the biggest successes whenever he has wooed his girls on screen, Saif is finding himself in the thick of things. It was one such moment when a journalist asked him about his future plans and Saif decided to have some fun", says a close associate of the actor.

We ran an online poll to gauge how people react to Saif Ali Khan's latest misadventure. We posed three questions and here are the results:


It was then when instead of coming with the denials or evasive answers, he built up a story around a film with Natalie. After all, he pretty much knew that a quote stated by him in jest would actually make headlines and to some extent, this was also his own way to have some good time while being on the other side of the table.

"He was obviously grinning from ear to ear when everyone picked the news about Natalie and there was a new round of speculations that started making the rounds. The biggest question was around how did he actually make this Bollywood-Hollywood collaboration happen, especially when so many other actors are said to be planning it without fail for years", the associate continues, "Saif's phone was ringing day in and night out for the last couple of days but he chose to keep mum as this time around the amusement level took a different proportion."

Saif Ali Khan and Natalie Portman

However, Saif has now decided to break his silence otherwise the entire weekend would have gone into further media overdrive about the film, something that he felt was avoidable.


"It was a joke, I am sorry", smiles Saif, "It's just that I am very annoyed with speculations on all the aspects of my life. If this goes on, I might just start making up stories like these to entertain myself. Hope people will understand that."

Wishful thinking, shall we say?

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan

“A love story we are working on ... It’s a secret ... We are doing a film with Natalie Portman,” the 41-year-old was quoted as saying by a Mumbai tabloid. The actor remained unavailable for details.

According to reports, lawyers of Hollywood actress have responded to Saif Ali Khan and his production house Illuminati Films with a "cease and desist" legal notice warning the actor to stop using the actress' name in claims that are false and unfounded. Her lawyers also demanded an immediate public apology or risk further legal action.


This isn't the first legal trouble for chhote nawab. Here's a history of his other controversies:

Punch-naama: Saif Ali Khan was accused of abusing and hitting 44-year-old Iqbal Sharma of Indian origin at a restaurant in the Taj Mahal Hotel.

Saif Ali Khan wih police

Saif entered into a scuffle following Sharma's request to the restaurant manager to ask the actor and his celebrity friends, including Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora and Malaika Arora Khan, to keep their voices down.

At a chance encounter, Saif called Sharma an "idiot", before pushing him and his father-in-law. A complaint was been file against him.

Thrashed a journo: In September 2008, Saif was booked for allegedly assaulting a photojournalist in Patiala.

Poaching trouble: In 1998, he was charged with poaching two endangered black bucks during the filming of Hum Saath Saath Hain. It was a dent in his career, and also left the Bihsnoi community in Rajasthan upset when he won the Padma Shri award in 2010.

His father, the later Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was charged in a separate case for poaching a black buck.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor


Saif's personal life has also been rocky.

He was under media scrutiny when he decided in 1991 to split from his first wife, actress Amrita Singh, after 13 years of marriage.

He was later reported to be dating Italian model Rosa Catalano. But that too crumbled.

Currently, Saif is dating Kareena. So far they are in a steady relationship and there are rumours that they will tie the knot this year.

We asked tweeple to post their take on Saif-Natalie episode. This is what they replied @htShowbiz:

@heersweetie: @htShowbiz saif is such an useless irresponsible individual good that he got sued

@Robin_aries: @htShowbiz hahahah,,, good wrk done by Natalie!! Sued Saif :P

@tonytongbram: @priyankac19 @htTweets @htShowbiz So, just an apology worked as an out of court settlement? douche

@SwaroopBhartiya: @htShowbiz *Says it as Saif does* WOW!

@Prejudised: that's as close as Bollywood gets im having her..."@htShowbiz: Natalie Portman threatens to sue Saif Ali Khan | Hindustan Times"

@ashpalt: Better Saif & Sorry“@htShowbiz: Saif Ali Khan apologises for joking about starring with Natalie Portman | Hindustan Times #ht”

Saif Ali Khan during the promotion of Agent Vinod

@Leea_2: @htShowbiz She needs to drop it and get over herself as he has already stated he was joking

@hitashrisharma: Go Portman RT @htShowbiz Natalie Portman threatens to sue Saif Ali Khan | Hindustan Times

@HD_07: @htShowbiz what a publicity monger this guy is, tell him to do decent films.

@kakulprasher: What was that about *Indians* not having a sense of humour? RT @htShowbiz Natalie Portman threatens to sue Saif Ali Khan

@EkCupCoffee: Saifu ki nikal padi. RT @htShowbiz: Natalie Portman threatens to sue Saif Ali Khan | Hindustan Times

@AyeWhatMan: After Kareena, it's Natalie's turn RT @Bedardi_Raja haha #KLPD RT @htShowbiz Natalie Portman threatens to sue Saif Ali Khan @BollywoodGandu

@awatekiran: Dramebaaz O_O "@htShowbiz: Natalie Portman threatens to sue Saif Ali Khan | Hindustan Times"

@indraneel746: Chill out! He was joking! "@htShowbiz: Natalie Portman threatens to sue Saif Ali Khan"

(With additional inputs)

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