Saif Ali Khan bounces back with several prestigious movie projects ...


Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) While Saif Ali Khan is back after a longish illness and has

restarted his work with an ad campaign for Provogue last week, he has also

said yes to a number of projects after a long break.

"Yes, I've green-lighted Kunal Kohli's new film," said Saif who flies to

Dubai to shoot for Abbas-Mastan's "Race".

"I've known him for some time now. And we share a cool comfort

level. I really thought Kunal did a neat job in 'Hum Tum'. So, yeah, I'm

looking forward to working with him again," Saif told IANS.

He has also said yes to two other projects. One is a Yash Raj Film

project featuring Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Akshay Kumar.

"Again, it's very script-driven. As for the project with Karan Johar (to

be directed by his assistant Tarun Talsukhani), I've said yes to it in

principle. Who'd say no to a Karan Johar film? But I've to yet hear the


Does the presence of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai in it

pose a problem?

"None at all. I've been in so many films with very major co-stars. I

mean I shared screen space with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan in 'Eklavya'. I

didn't allow myself to be awed by him. That never works in a film or in my


About the newly formed friendship with Salman Khan, Saif admits the

senior actor has been guiding him to take up painting.

"So far I've done just one sketch. Salman is really good with it. You

should see his work. He did ask me to give it a try. And I did."