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Saif gets nostalgic about his career fall and rise

February 24, 2010 6:18:04 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Saif Ali Khan is one of the top actors today and with him also wearing the hat of a producer now, one does hope to see some good films coming from the actor in next few years. However, the actor admits that after a decent beginning, there was a time period in the middle of his innings when things weren't going in the direction he had envisaged.

"Yeah, it was a disastrous patch and this is where HUM SAATH SAATH HAI came in handy. There were also KACHCHE DHAAGE and KYA KEHNA which were decent successes and then of course DIL CHAHTA HAI, which was another landmark film", Saif gets nostalgic here. This was after a lean patch where nothing seemed to be working for him. With many of his films belonging to diverse genres, whether action, comedy and romancing, failing at the box office, Saif Ali Khan was pretty much looking at the bottom of the barrel.

If one goes into a flashback mode and takes a journey back in time, it wasn't too far back when he was dancing to the tune of 'Main Hoon Aashiq Awara' (AASHIQ AWARA) and 'Ole Ole' (YEH DILLAGI). Today with a Padma Sri under his belt, it seems like a really long journey.

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"I would think that HUM TUM was a definite milestone film in my career. Yes, there was KAL HO NA HO which was a good success as well but then I was in a second lead there. HUM TUM was a solo hit and had the momentum going for me. Soon followed SALAAM NAMASTE for me which further set the pace in my career", Saif begins to recollect his journey in the past, "In the earlier years, YEH DILLAGI was definitely a landmark movie. Then came MAIN KHILADI TU ANARI which again worked quite well for me."

There aren't many actors who begin their career with mainstream masala movies, go on to do 50 more films belonging to similar tonality and are recognized at a National level close to a couple of decades later. While films like DIL CHAHTA HAI, OMKARA and LOVE AAJ KAL are the obvious names that come to the mind when one searches for the turning points in his career, is there any other film that he believes brought a complete turnaround in the way he was looked at as an actor?

Adds Saif, "Other than the aforementioned films like HUM TUM, SALAAM NAMASTE and KAL HO NA HO, diverse films like PARINEETA and EK HASEENA THI brought in further recognition. BEING CYRUS was nice and offbeat too and then considering the kind of perception that people had for me, OMKARA turned out to be huge as it showed quite some range. And now as we stand, I have a production like LOVE AAJ KAL. So yeah, it's not that bad after all."

However, things improved over a period of time and now after LOVE AAJ KAL, he is all set to embark on his next production AGENT VINOD.


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