Actor Saif Ali Khan accepts he has led a ‘creative life, which has been tied in with learning and growing with the occasions notwithstanding the terrible beginning in his profession. At 51, Saif says he is currently a more mindful individual contrasted with the “completely clueless ” individual he was the point at which he made his debut with the 1993 film ‘Parampara’.’
Saif said: “I was completely clueless and now I’m a little bit less clueless, that’s the extent of my evolving. I mean, one learns and life teaches you things. If you keep doing the same thing and you don’t change, then you age differently. But if you do evolve and if you are learning and expanding, you can be interesting at 50. You have a lot of experience.”
Also added: “I think I’ve done well from the art I’ve collected to the homes I’ve built to the kind of heritage I’ve tried to look after, Pataudi, to the work I’m doing. It’s been a creative life so far, especially with a bit of a bad start.
“I think there have been influences that I’ve been very lucky to have like the kind of academic educational influences or even the influences of my father and the legacy of my grandfather, the Tagores. There are a lot of things that come into play in what makes a person.”
Saif Ali Khan was once named as the chocolate boy of Indian cinema because of his spotless, smooth appearances in movies, for example, ‘Imtihaan’, ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ and ‘Tu Chor Main Sipahi’, yet with his presentation in motion pictures like ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’, ‘Being Cyrus’ and ‘Ek Haseena Thi’, the actor demonstrated that there was something else to him besides great looks.
“I’ve always thought that it’s interesting to do different stuff. I just thought Homi (Adajania, director of ‘Being Cyrus’) was very interesting and making an English movie would be fun.
“I thought ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ would be great because I was doing ‘Kal Ho Na Ho and everyone said, ‘chocolate boy. And I thought it’d be quite cool to play this kind of role. Ram Gopal Varma (producer of ‘Ek Haseena Thi) gave me a chance to act like somebody else.”