Kaalakaandi could be just what the doctor ordered for Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan has always tried to experiment with his roles in the past, but will his upcoming film Kaalakaandi finally help establish that his entire career has not been a fluke?

Written by Anvita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: January 10, 2018 12:08 pm
Saif Ali Khan Kaalakaandi Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi will release on Jan 12.

Saif Ali Khan has had an interesting career graph. From doing typical 1990s dramas to playing the man that has commitment issues, Khan has tried to adjust with changing times. In fact, this is even more reflective in the period he began taking risks in terms of the roles he chose to portray on screen. Kya Kehna, Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Dil Chahta Hai, Darna Mana Hai, Ek Hasina Thi, Parineeta, Salaam Namaste, Being Cyrus, Omkara, Eklavya: The Royal Guard and Aarakshan: the evolution of Saif the actor is there for all to see.

The actor’s last release, Chef, was an Indian remake of the American movie of the same name. Chef was a slice-of-life film directed by Raja Krishna Menon about a failing chef and father trying to get his life in order, professionally as well as personally. Granted, it was not as good as the original, but was definitely worth a watch.

Saif will next be seen in debutant director Akshat Verma’s dark comedy Kaalakaandi. In an interview, Akshat, who has also written the movie, had asked people not to compare it with another dark comedy that he had penned–Delhi Belly. Kaalakaandi’s trailer is every bit as edgy and quirky as Delhi Belly, so it is hard not to draw a comparison, especially since we know that the writer is the same.

Saif Ali Khan Kaalakaandi Saif Ali Khan in a still from Kaalakaandi

Following the nepotism debate in the industry, which Saif was infamously involved in (the actor had penned an open letter on the subject, which had made him look like that he had little knowledge of what he was writing about). Saif has since then tried to stay away from any subject that might create controversy or show him in a bad light. “It (the open letter on nepotism) was probably the silliest and the most tone-deaf thing I had done,” the actor himself had told film critic Anupama Chopra.

But Saif is on the road to recovery, as far as his career is concerned, because Kaalakaandi looks like the kind of feature that would exactly be right up the actor’s alley. In fact, Saif has played eccentric and dark characters before. Being Cyrus’ Cyrus was a seemingly ordinary person who became a killer after he met and made ‘friends’ with a deranged Katy (played by Dimple Kapadia). Saif seems a natural at portraying troubled, lonely and slightly off-the-rails metrosexual men. This is not to say that he didn’t make the critics sit up and take notice of his rustic raw, and ambitious Langda Tyagi in Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello, Omkara.

Saif Ali Khan Kaalakaandi Saif Ali Khan in Ek Hasina Thi

In fact, his Go Goa Gone’s Boris proved that the actor can play around with the given character just the right amount to deliver something worthwhile on screen. Saif also had high hopes from Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, but unfortunately that didn’t create any magic at the box office. The critics were also not exactly impressed with the film despite commendable performances by Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif himself. Saif was especially brilliant in the scene where his character realises that Kangana’s character had been lying to him, and was involved in a passionate affair with Shahid’s character. His eyes were full of rage and pain as he silently observed Kangana’s character’s obvious discomfort at having been caught.

Saif Ali Khan Kaalakaandi A still from Chef

Kaalakaandi is about “who people are when no one is looking,” according to writer-director Akshat Verma’s earlier interview with Scroll. In fact, the writer had also said that the movie deals with the people who are at the fringes of the underworld and are trying their best to make a sense of their lives within that said bubble.

In Sriram Raghavan’s Ek Hasina Thi, Saif’s character was also not what he had seemed in the initial bits of the movie, a man who had connections in the underworld. This is not to say that the actor will be repeating himself in Kaalakaandi, at least let’s hope not. But if there were to be similarities between both the characters, that would not be such a bad thing. Because Saif had been more than convincing in his portrayal of the mysterious but manipulative Karan Singh Rathod.

There is perhaps a pattern here as well. Saif, it seems, tends to get into the skin of his character better when he is in able hands. When the director and writer are clear about the kind of performance they want from their actors, that is when Saif shines the most. Take, for instance, his performances in Dil Chahta Hai, Ek Hasina Thi, Being Cyrus, Parineeta and Omkara.

One can only hope that the actor is able to deliver all the madness, darkness and laughs that the two-minute-and-twenty-two-second-long trailer promises.

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  1. The Void
    Jan 10, 2018 at 8:48 am
    WHY "SOME" HINDUS DONT BELIEVE IN LOVE JIHAD.........the ONLY REASON behind this is that our Hinduism NEVER TEACHES US to convert anyone!!! So we cant believe that other religions will teach and motivate them to convert others........but if you OBSERVE CAREFULLY you will find that islam is ALL ABOUT CONVERTING OTHERS,,, ENTIRE CULT of islam is based on conversion, every single person who calls themselves muslims are actually converts!!!.....islam works like a CHAIN MARKETING SCHEME, where those convert first are told that if they convert more, they will get heaven and allah will be happy.......And in this scheme all the Madarsa, Maulavi, etc motivate muslims to convert others, by marrying them, by brainwashing them or whatever..........BUT DO WE HINDUS ever get such teachings when we visit temples??? NO we dont!!......AND THATS THE REASON we cant believe that others will do it....we think they are also like us...but they have hidden motives...... ###Share on WHATSAPP/WEB-SITES
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    1. The Void
      Jan 10, 2018 at 8:48 am
      LOVE JIHAD TACTICS TO CONVERT started in a PLANNED MANNER from mid 1990s........when UNDERWORLD put their muslim agents in bollywood with the purpose of SPREADING ISLAM through bollywood and spread love jihad by marrying "UNSUSPECTING" HINDU ACTRESSES...........Since Hinduism doesnt teach anyone to convert so we Hindus dont suspect others motives of converting us........but islam is ALL ABOUT CONVERSION, every single person in islam is a convert.........so these SHARUKH, SALMAN, AMIR etc all started marrying Unsuspecting Hindu ancestress in a systematic manner, and started SHOWING OFF THEM IN MEDIA to send a msg of love jihad...........these muslims of bollywood keep visiting islamic countries like saudi, dubai and Haz etc,,,,,,Underworld and Maulavis tell them SPECIFICALLY to marry only Hindu actresses to send an "Inspiration" for love jihad........We must boycot these islamic people in bollywood....no matter which political party we support....... ##### Share it on WHATSAPP/WEB-SITES
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      1. The Void
        Jan 10, 2018 at 8:48 am
        ------REALITY OF FAKE KHANS-------These converts are all fakes, they hav left their religion and now following a cult of camel herders of arab, (the reason behind their all sufferings) and their names also fake, NAME KHAN is of buddhist origin, used by CHANGEZ KHAN, a buddhist of Shaminism traditions, .............and MUSLIMS WERE SLAVES under him, CHANGEZ KHAN BANNED ISLAMIC PRACTISES, he used to KILL MUSLIMS, so muslims OUT OF FEAR STARTED USING the name khan, so that they are not killed and treated like slaves. ...............To save themselves they will tell the CHANGEZ KHAN army that they are not muslims, they are khans.... They are "IMPOSTERS" of the original Buddhist khans,,,,, Even now these SLAVES use the word khan to hide the fact that they were slaves!!! Go search urself and read this! And we SUPERIOR HINDUS must not value these INFERIOR CONVERTS!!
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        1. The Void
          Jan 10, 2018 at 8:47 am
          ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION AND ALLAH NOT A GOD.....................Cult of islam was created by fraudster mohammad just recently in 7th century, before 7th century there was NO ISLAM, NO ALLAH, NO MUSLIMS.......... ancestors of mohammad were worshipers of LORD SHIVA, but insipred by jesus's fame mohammad also wanted people to follow and worhip HIM, so he created concept of islam and allah.........KABA was a Shiva Mandir,,,,,,,,,,even today all you muslims worship the SHIVALINGA AT KABA...........and allah is one of the names of MOTHER GOD AMBA in Sanskrit......HINDU KINGS like Vikramaditya have accounts of visiting that Kaba Shiv Mandir, these accounts are still there in a library in Turkey with the name SAYAR-UL-OKUL.......Mufti Muhammad Ilyas also says Shiva is the first Prophet of muslims.......muslims should search and read their (short) history and you people will come to know that all this is true......before 7th centuary there was NO ISLAM, NO ALLAH, NO MUSLIMS....ISLAM IS FAKE
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          1. The Void
            Jan 10, 2018 at 8:47 am
            WHO ARE INDIAN MUSLIMS??-----------These converts lacked resources to fight back those mugal terrorists, so they bent knees and accepted "THEIR" islamic cult, after conversion these people were treated as private slaves by mughals........they lived under boots of mugals as slaves..........their DNAs/Genes degraded under slavery for more than 1000 years........WE HINDUS didnt bend knees to accept islam but chose to fight,,, lakhs of us were killed, and most brutal torture were inflicted on us when caught as prisoners of war,,, but we still kept fighting generations after generations for more than 1000 years till we finished them..........THIS also gave freedom to those converted slaves.........but instead of thanking for giving them freedom, they started fighting with the Hindus becaz of their inter-generational teaching of islamic terrorirism and quran which they started reading after conversion....and now they follow, praise and defend THEIR OWN TORMENTORS!!!
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