Actor Saif Ali Khan has overcome the initial hiccups in his career to become a bankable star in Bollywood. And, the actor believes he is finally in a happy space professionally. Having started his career with the 1992 film Parampara, Saif acted in many forgettable films in the ‘90s, but his career took a new course after the success of Dil Chahta Hai in 2001.
The 42-year-old actor followed it up with critically acclaimed performances in Ek Hasina Thi, Hum Tum, Omkara and Being Cyrus. Saif, who also runs a production house, Illuminati Films, and married actor Kareena Kapoor last year, says he does not feel lost in Bollywood anymore. “I feel more assured and confident about my ability. I think I can deliver what I am generally being asked to do. I feel I am one of the better actors in Bombay but I am humble about it. I am not arrogant. I am learning and have a long way to go but I don’t feel lost anymore,” says Saif.
Saif believes he has managed to become a versatile actor over the years. “I hope I have managed to create an idea of being versatile enough to keep myself occupied and keep it interesting for the audiences,” he adds. The actor’s romantic linkup with Kareena Kapoor kept the gossip columns busy for years but now that they are married, Saif says he is relieved to finally concentrate on his work.
Remind him that the focus on his personal life has lessened and pat comes the reply, “Thank God. I think that was bound to happen. I feel relieved about that. Now, we all can get on with work. People should be known for their work and not their personal life. But people do have a lot of interest in actors and I don’t blame them.”
Saif’s new production, Go Goa Gone, released yesterday to encouraging reviews.