made the world dance with him on 'Ole Ole' from the
movie 'Yeh Dillagi'. Born to two illustrious parents,
the Nawab of Pataudi and the erstwhile beauty Sharmila
Tagore, Saif Ali Khan always knew that cricket was not
his cup of tea. When he joined the film industry he
was considered too 'chikna' for a hero. It was said
and felt that he was not serious about his acting. He
was infact called a 'royal brat'. But now he is being
taken seriously and his acting skills are being appreciated
by one and all. With films like 'Dil Chahta Hai' and
'Kal Ho Naa Ho' being a major success at the box office,
Saif is hot property.
Excerpts from an interview
to Neha Irani.
was it playing Rohit Patel in Kal Ho Naa Ho?
It was hilarious. Actually I had to learn a bit of
Gujarati for the role. I had to write those lines
on a cutter behind the actor's heads because I just
couldn't remember them. I can say that it is probably
the best role I have done so far.
was it working with Shah Rukh?
It was great. He is a great actor. He set the tone
for Kal Ho Naa Ho and we all followed. He is always
so full of energy.
have liked your acting more than Shah Rukh's. How
do you feel?
Well, I am glad that the audience liked my performance.
But Shah Rukh is a top actor and I am trying to get
there. I have a long way to go. I just tried to keep
up with his acting standards so that people can get
a high level of work to watch. It's like when you
are with him in a scene, you are forced to give your
was it like working with Nikhil Advani?
Nikhil is an exceptionally talented director. He has
given the film a look which is completely different
from the typical Karan Johar film. And he constantly
had his eye on me. He told me that my role had to
work and therefore I needed to do my best. He made
me play my part so easily. Even though Karan had written
it fabulously, Nikhil visualised it differently.
few weeks back there was this news that you no longer
want to be part of multi-starrers or even two-hero
projects. Why is that so?
That's all rubbish. I know I don't sell solo, so why
would I be averse to acting in multi-starcast films?
I am perfectly alright with it. No doubt, you sometimes
feel insecure in a two-hero film when the other hero
has better lines than you, but then you can't help
your role in J. P. Dutta's LOC Kargil?
As you know it's a war film. I play Captain Anuj Nayyar.
I am in love with Kareena Kapoor but even more than
her, I love my motherland.
us something about your forthcoming film Ramgopal
Varma's 'Ek Hasina Thi'?
I play a Globetrotting dashing bachelor who is a successful
finance expert by profession. I am madly in love with
Urmila. My character also has dark shades to it. I
was very charged about my role in this film, but developed
cold feet as I thought about it. At one point of time,
I even told Ramu I didn't want to do it. But Ramu
prevailed over me. Today, I'm happy to have done the