During the release of ‘Phantom’ last year, director Kabir Khan stated that Saif Ali Khan is a combination of both- a star as well as an actor.
We couldn’t agree more with him!
In a career that spans over 23 years, we have seen Khan not just evolve as an actor, but also do the impossible- break stereotypes time and again and prove that he deserves as much as respect and stardom as the other Khans in Bollywood do.
The reason for that is his immense versatility and ability to pull off any role with stupendous conviction!
As the National Award winner turns 46 today, let us have a look at why he is the most versatile Khan Hindi cinema has got…
The New Age Romantic Boy
Before Saif, we had heroes wearing leather jackets/suits romancing their actress at picturesque locations. But with movies like ‘Hum Tum’, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, we saw the definition of the romantic hero in Hindi cinema change to a cool guy who loves to fool around, crack jokes but at the same time know how to become serious when it comes to his work and his love.
And if you still don’t believe how wonderful he was in ‘Hum Tum’ (his first proper film as a solo hero), go check who won the National Award for Best Actor that year!
The Funny Guy
It takes some serious acting prowess to play a fake Russian and maintain a poker face yet make the audience laugh. But then, there’s always a ‘Go Goa Gone’ for wannabe actors to take tips from the Nawab.
And sometimes, we wonder if ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ would have been this awesome minus his “Haan Main, Magar Woh, Suno Toh, Tumne Toh, Lekin Main, Kabse Kya…” antics! *still goes ROFL*
50 Shades Of Grey
In Bollywood, the funny man ends up playing the comic roles for years before everyone begins to write him off and he is left with no other choice but to experiment. But Khan has never stuck to one kind of image and that’s the very reason why for every ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ we have an ‘Ek Haseena Thi’.
Be it his evil AF act as Langda Tyagi in ‘Omkara’ or the romantic man with deep secrets in ‘Kurbaan’- Saif has won our hearts every time, irrespective of whether he won the game at the box office or not.
From charming woman with his suave style to fighting the villains and defeating them at their own game- this Khan surely knows how to do it with a pinch of classiness and make every woman’s heart ‘Race’!
Drama is what runs in the blood of a typical B-town actor. And his performances in flicks like ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Bullet Raja’ filled with oodles of charm, intensity, dialogue-baazi
and romance prove that he truly is a complete Bollywood material!
The Serious Actor
And just when the world thought that a dramatic Bollywood actor can never do serious/ unconventional kind of roles, he proved his critics wrong with his acting chops in ‘Aarakshan’, ‘Phantom’ and ‘Being Cyrus’.
Here’s wishing Saif Ali Khan a very Happy Birthday and lots of luck professionally as well as personally!