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Saif Ali Khan on what keeps him going in the industry.

Saif Ali Khan isn’t a zombie film watcher. Yet,when he read the script of the zombie comedy Go Goa Gone,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 it 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 doesn’t get to play often 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. And when you are doing so many films,some are bound to do well,while some will do badly,” 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 commendable 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. He also has a film each with Kabir Khan,Sajid Khan and Prabhudeva,each different from the other. “I love the idea of creating a character and then living it completely,” he says.

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

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While films keep the actor busy on most occasions,he devotes his remaining time to Pataudi. He is right now in the process of creating scholarships for children in Pataudi.

First published on: 10-05-2013 at 22:11 IST
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