Saif Ali Khan might not be enlisted among the three big Khans of Bollywood, but he’s certainly ahead of the league, we must say. While Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan defined stardom in industry, my heart always skipped a beat for the junior Pataudi everytime he’s on the screen. There’s a certain charm to his personality when he essays a role in a Bollywood movie. All his movies might not be a superhit, but not all of them are dud. Some of them, I remember primarily for Saif Ali Khan. For an instance, Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Tum and Omkara. On his 48th birthday, we would like to assemble his 5 best performances till date in a single elaborate write-up.
For many of us, Saif Ali Khan has permanently transformed into Sartaj Singh from Sacred Games. The actor has slipped into the skin of the character in such a natural way, that we can’t unsee how we saw him in the Anurag Kashyap’s popular web series. For the second time, Saif Ali Khan had donned the turban in a film; first being Love Aaj Kal.
Dil Chahta Hai
While Akshaye Khanna’s love story was a primary show stealer in Dil Chahta Hai, it was Saif Ali Khan’s happy-go-lucky ways that’s more relatable to us. He played an easy-going youngster, son of a rich father in the film, but his footprints in the Aamir Khan-starrer is more than we give him credit for.
When we saw Saif Ali Khan as wayward Karan Kapoor in Hum Tum, we never imagined that he could pull off the role of a serious and focussed man in his late 30s in the same film. If you’ve watched Hum Tum, you know that Saif has played not one but two roles in the same film. His personality is switched to an entirely different level after the intermission.
Omkara is certainly Saif Ali Khan’s widely-appreciated performance, now overpowered by Sacred Games. He donned kohl eyes and hoop earrings for his role in the Vishal Bhardwaj film. The actor who has always played a breezy young man in most of his films was explosive in Omkara, while crushing tobacco on his palm.
Who knew that such a cute, dimpled-smile guy could play a terrorist on screen? But he did. Had we been in the place of Kareena Kapoor Khan in Kurbaan, we could’ve been easily carried away by his charm in the film. Getting mostly positive reviews, Saif Ali Khan gained adulation for his role in the film.
Coming to his birthday celebration, the Sacred Games actor had a close-knit party with wife Kareena Kapoor Khan, sister Soha Ali Khan and brother-in-law Kunal Kemmu.