‘I don’t watch Hindi films’

In over two decades of association with Hindi films- as an actor, and now as a producer- Saif Ali Khan says his best investment ever has been to join the Indian movie industry, where the business is now almost ‘doubling’.

‘My best investment is to join Bollywood. It’s such a good investment. The business is doubling. When we started, things were not the same. It’s a great time now for the filmmakers and actors,’ Saif, who made his acting debut with 1992 film Parampara, said in an interaction.

From featuring in potboliers like Yeh Dillagi, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Kachche Dhaage and Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United
, Saif went on to do differentiated roles post-2000.

He was seen in a different avatar in Dil Chahta Hai, and then went on to star in key roles in movies like Kal Ho Naa Ho, Ek Hasina Thi, Hum Tum, Parineeta and Salaam Namaste.

Omkara came as an image-breaker for Saif, and he was noticed in films like Race, Tashan, Love Aaj Kal, Kurbaan and Aarakshan.

Now awaiting the release of rustic actioner Bullett Raja, the National Award-winning actor is glad to be a part of the present ‘exciting phase’ in Indian cinema, where ‘experimentation’ seems to be the key.

‘I don’t think I could have done such a role (role in Bullett Raja) two or five years back,’ said the 43-year-old, who plays a gangster in the Tigmanshu Dhulia-directed film, which releases on Friday.

‘Now I think I am ready for these kinds of roles. Now I feel I have understood my work.’
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