Saif Ali Khan is a popular and favored name in Bollywood. He is a dazzling star in the firmament of the tinsel town. Saif Ali Khan ventured into the world of cinema in 1992 starring in the movie titled ‘Parampara’ which fizzled out at the box office. Within a span of two years he could taste success as ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ and ‘Yeh Dillagi’ clicked at the box-office in 1994. It took time for Saif Ali Khan to climb the ladder of success, but now he is considered as one of the top stars reigning in the Mumbai film industry.
Taking A Look At His Early Life
Saif Ali Khan is the son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the former captain of the Indian cricket team and belongs to a royal family. Saif Ali Khan’s mother is the Bengali beauty, a gorgeous actress who is now the head of Indian Film Censorship Board. Born in a Muslim Pathan family, religion played an important role in the actor’s upbringing. He has two sisters, Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan respectively.
Though Saif Ali Khan was able to bag the Filmfare Best Male Award for ‘Aashiq Awara’ in 1993, his first movie that can be termed as a hit is ‘Yeh Dillagi’ where he shared screen space with co-star Akshay Kumar ,and the lovely actress Kajol was his arm-candy. He was cast in many films but unfortunately most of his films did not go down well with the audience. The flicks failed miserably at the box office. After a string of flops, he made his presence felt in multi-starrers like ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain,’ and a few movies. ‘Kya Kehna’ (2000) was able to provide him with success. It was a great relief for him as his potential as an actor was questioned after his films failed repeatedly to find favor with the audience.
It was 2001, the directorial debut of Farhan Akhtar, the famous lyricist’s son of Javed Akhtar that changed things for Saif Ali Khan drastically. It was the turning point of his career. The role of Sameer that he essayed in the film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was appreciated by all. The film was a huge hit and it catapulted Saif’s stardom to great heights. He never had to look back as the directors and producers formed a queue to cast him in their movies. People were mesmerized with his performance wanted to see more of him.
The next movie ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ in 2003, with co-star Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta was a huge success and it won over even his most carping critics. The Nikhil Advani film won Saif Ali Khan a Filmfare Award for the best actor in a supporting role. In 2004, he was able to bag the meaty role opposite Rani Mukherjee in Kunal Kohli’s movie ‘Hum Tum.’ He went on to win the National Award for the Best Actor as his acting and performance was applauded by both the critics and the movie buffs.
2005 was a great year for the heart-throb of Bollywood. ‘Salaam Namaste’ went on to become India’s top-grossing film in the overseas market. His commendable performance in ‘Parineeta’ (2005) was lauded. ‘Ekalavya: The Royal Guard ‘(2007) was remarkable where Saif Ali Khan emoted the role of Harshawardhan with great elan. The famous critic Taran Adarsh commented ‘watching him emote with amazing precision makes you realize the giant strides he has taken as an actor.’ This film was India’s official entry to the Oscars. In 2007, the adorable actor earned box-office success with ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum.’ In 2008, ‘Race’ the thriller by Abbas Mustan was successful in drawing the audience to the cinema halls. However, in the same year, ‘Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic’ and ‘Tashan’ were box-office duds.
Saif, the actor, was exploited well in two flicks namely ‘Being Cyrus’ and ‘Omkara.’ In ‘Omkara’ he gave a commendable performance and won a million hearts. The portrayal of ‘desi’ Iago with the Machiavellian streak inherent in the depiction of the character of ‘Langda Tyagi’ deserves kudos. In ‘Being Cyrus,’ Saif’s first English language film, where he played the role of a manipulative outsider spoke volumes about his acting prowess. In 2009, he was the hero of his first produced film ‘Love Aaj Kaal’ with the leggy lass Deepika Padukone which was appreciated by the audience.
Saif Ali Khan got married at an early age in 1991 with Amrita Singh who is much elder to him. They had two kids Sara and Ibrahim. After thirteen years of marriage, the couple divorced in 2004 and the children live with their mother. Khan is currently dating the stunning beauty, Kareena Kapoor. They share a very strong bond and the couple in love believes that they know and understand each other so well that marriage will just be a validation stamp for the society.
Khan went on to make a tattoo bearing the name of his ladylove on his hand. The duo is the hot couple of tinsel town and can very well deal with media attention and public glare. They have plans to tie the knot but Khan has blurted out to the media that marriage will be Kareena’s call. He will get married when the sizzling beauty wants to settle down with him. The gorgeous actress and her beau ushered in 2011 together in Switzerland. They went for holidaying in Switzerland. After proclaiming to the world their love for each other in October 2009, the couple has been spotted together at various award ceremonies, in chat shows, etc.
Khan’s Passion For The Strings
The handsome actor is passionate about music. Saif is hooked to the guitar and plays it really well. He has not taken it up professionally, but in some concerts, he exhibited his skill and the audience was overwhelmed to find out his incredible talent to play the soulful instrument.
Khan, The Padmashree Award Winner
Saif Ali Khan is a name to reckon with in the Mumbai film industry and all over the globe. The actor was honored with the coveted and prestigious Padmashree award in 2010 for his noticeable contribution in the field of arts.