Hit Streak

Saif Ali Khan talks about what keeps him going in the industry

Written by PriyankaPereira | Published: May 10, 2013 3:17:46 am

Saif Ali Khan talks about what keeps him going in the industry

Saif Ali Khan isn’t a zombie-film watcher. He hasn’t watched any movies from the genre. Yet,when he read the script of the zombie comedy written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK,he agreed to both produce it and act in it. “This script was unique and I hadn’t heard anything like this before. Also,the fact that it was a complete comedy made me go all out for it,” says Khan,who feels the role of a zombie killer is something one wouldn’t often get to play in mainstream Bollywood.

With Go Goa Gone,Khan hopes to make it three on the trot after Cocktail and Race 2. The box-office collections of his last two films have somewhat eclipsed the dud show of Khan’s ambitious last summer extravaganza Agent Vinod. The 44-year-old actor,however,looks at his resume with a philosophical bent of mind. “Hits and flops are part of the profession. When you are doing so many films,some are bound to do well,while some will do badly. I just go with my gut and instinct,” says Khan.

Khan started off in Bollywood with films such as Aashiq Awara,Yeh Dillagi and Main Khiladi Tu Anari. However,industry insiders and the public started taking him seriously only after his performances in Dil Chahta Hai,Parineeta and Omkara. “The only thing that drives me to this day is I love what I do.”

Next up,he has Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullet Raja,where he plays an anti-hero. This he considers among his top five performances in Bollywood because of the weight the character carries. He also has a film each with Kabir Khan,Sajid Khan and Prabhudheva,each different from the other. “I find it great to balance out various genres in cinema. I love the idea of creating a character and then living it completely. That’s what keeps me going,” he says.

To fulfill his creative pursuits,he plays the role of a producer. “But I am a creative producer,” he affirms. While his business partner Dinesh Vijan takes care of the financial responsibilities,Khan chooses the projects purely on the grounds of creativity and futuristic nuances. “I read the script as an individual. I am tempted to do the film only when I feel I fit the part otherwise,I am most keen on introducing newer talent and giving other actors a chance,” he says.

Currently he is producing Saket Chaudhary’s next,which has Armaan Jain playing the lead and Sriram Raghavan’s thriller with Varun Dhawan in it.

While films keep him busy on most occasions,he devotes the remaining time to Pataudi. He is right now in the process of creating scholarships for children in Pataudi. They are also opening an eye hospital. And for cricketers,they plan to select two budding cricketers from the place and provide them with grants.

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