Acting is a very demanding career. It requires an individual to essay the role of somebody else’s life in a realistic manner. This is the positive part. The negative part is the industry requirements and taboos of walking a certain way and talking a certain way to be a lead actor and being offered suitable work options. Saif Ali Khan has never been like flowing water, he’s had his ways set. And so he could not fit himself into this mold. Thankfully, newer platforms got created.
The new hard-core ‘Saif Ali Khan’, the lead protagonist of ‘sacred games’, the first Indian series on Netflix; is nothing short of a revelation. His acting skills and understanding of the character ‘Sartaj Singh’ seems to take the series on the whole to the next level itself. It now seems that the industry somehow was earlier unaware that his shoulders were strong enough to support a venture to global success. But, Saif has done that and articulately shut down the critics who had earlier labeled him as a non-actor.
‘SARTAJ SINGH’, THE STAR
It is said that an individual’s true colors shine when they work from the heart. It has been the same for Saif Ali Khan. It seems with the evolving cinema, evolving audiences and closer to reality OTT applications genre; Saif has finally found his true calling. His character of ‘Sartaj Singh’ in ‘Sacred Games’ is of a cop, but a real cop. This cop has his own set of realistic flaws and life issues.
Saif Ali Khan with an unimaginable versatility seems to somehow get the soul of the character he is required to play. This makes the character uplift the complete environment of the series to a genius level. The series which was earlier, only the first Indian Origin Series on Netflix is now a global success with audiences and fans in all parts of the world. The second season is on the cards already with Sartaj Singh and Gaitonde (Nawazzuddin Siddiqui) ready to round each other once again. It is slated to be released for the audiences on 15th August 2019.
THE PRUDENT PRINCE OF BOLLYWOOD
When Saif Ali Khan joined films, there were heavy expectations from his work. Being the son of Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, he was expected to deliver performances and achieve. What no one understood was that he needed to learn and evolve as an actor himself. This happened in the course of time. He made many mistakes (movies, relationships, marriage, etc.) and learned on the way. This helped him accept who he was and the surroundings that he was in. Recently, in his own words, Saif admitted that ‘he has now found his happy space’. In terms of work, this seems to stem from the fact that he does not have to prove and act like a ‘star’ (though he is surrounded by them!). Rather he needs to diligently up his game and become a better ‘actor’.
SECOND TIME’S A CHARM
Somehow, this actor just not seems to get it right the first time. Be it his, marriage, his relationships or even his career. Saif began his career with a ‘chocolate boy’ image of good looks, longer tresses dancing away on hummable Hindi numbers. Even then, ‘Olay-Olay’ and ‘Aashiq Aawara’ were iconic. But, Saif did somehow look out of place. In course of time and a failed marriage (first with Amrita Singh), Saif evolved into an Urbane Actor who performed well in synchronization with bigger other actors in the movie. ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ were parts of that era.
Another failed relationship and Saif Ali Khan evolved further. He had found his true soul-mate in Kareena Kapoor (his second wife) and his footing in the cinema work with closer to real-life performances. His award-winning performance of ‘Langra Tyagi’ in Omkar was proof. Saif Ali Khan was now content, and it began further showing in his choices. His role in ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Sacred Games’ are clear proofs.
TRANQUILLITY WITH SELF
Saif Ali Khan was never the ‘pompous’ one. Despite his ‘chocolate-boy’ type work roles and many failed relationships, Saif has always been viewed as the serene, educated, classy actor who has initially not had the right platforms to exhibit his talents. He is somehow now closer to his work and the people he works with. His love for his craft is now clearly visible in his projects.
Saif’s mother and wife are stars already; two of his kids (Sara Ali Khan and Taimur Ali Khan) are already approaching star-hood, and the father is evolving as a better craftsman of his job. And, no-one has issues with the other’s workspace or personal life. What great independent times and environment to be in, to grow in. The way he presents himself, his articulate manner, mannerism towards women, fatherhood and a positive natural acceptance of these people around him; makes him the ‘contemporary progressive-man’ goals too. Such sorted men are a rarity in themselves.
Finally, Saif has found his place in this big ecosystem of Bollywood and with his exemplary performances, Saif has the cinema longing for more of his talent.