‘I’ll keep in mind 2020 as a strong 12 months the place we bought to spend time with our son’
Saif Ali Khan defies the stereotype of the everyday Bollywood ‘hero’. Cool and informal and relaxed to a fault, the actor does issues on his personal phrases, whilst he churns out movies that make an influence. Earlier this 12 months, Saif scored a blockbuster together with his antagonist act in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and is at present stationed in Himachal Pradesh taking pictures his subsequent movie Bhoot Police.
Saif — who turned 50 this August — has now lent his title to Royal Stag Barrel Choose Giant Brief Movies, the premiere platform for brief movies in India, and just lately participated in a sequence of discussions on the expansion and evolution of the quick movie format and cinema at giant. The sequence will quickly be featured on the Zee community and on the Royal Stag Barrel Choose Giant Brief Movies platform.
We caught up with Saif for a chat on how he simply adapts to new mediums of leisure, what makes him a fearless actor now and his lockdown life with son Taimur.
What do you consider the quick movie format as a medium for efficient storytelling and the way have you ever seen it evolve over time?
This lockdown, I’ve frolicked catching up on some wonderful content material. And I used to be shocked by the form of quick movies which have been revamped the previous few years. What unimaginable storylines, what wonderful path and what good performances! Some mainstream actors, so to say, have additionally ventured into the format. It isn’t a brand new format, nevertheless it certain has gained floor within the current previous. With credible names being a part of them and backing them, I’m certain on the lookout for producers is now not a problem. Brief movies give film-makers a number of freedom to experiment with their writing and are a good way for artistes to showcase their expertise and creativity.
The world over, quick movies are feted and funded way more than they’re in India. What do you assume must be accomplished right here?
There are platforms like Royal Stag Barrel Choose Giant Brief Movies offering a lift and ensuring that there’s an rising marketplace for quick movie codecs in a Bollywood-heavy Indian movie market. Social media is unquestionably taking visible quick tales to numerous audiences, which has given rise to an fascinating demand-supply chain.
Swelling accessibility and affordability of this new media has pumped up the manufacturing of quick movies. However to extend the income potential for a format like this in India, it is very important take them to the plenty, and that may be accomplished by broadcasting them on satellite tv for pc channels.
You have been one of many first mainstream actors to undertake the digital medium, and really efficiently so, with Sacred Video games. How simply adaptive are you to non-cinema types of storytelling?
Nicely, I didn’t take a look at it like that. However that was a time after I was prepared for a change. I used to be taking a look at pushing my very own boundaries as an actor. I had no apprehensions and didn’t assume a lot about making a shift from cinema to the digital area. I knew that Netflix has immense attain… I don’t assume I’ve been in a position to attain out to many individuals on this method in any other case.
Sacred Video games was an amalgamation of a cracking script and a few extremely gifted actors and technicians. The one difficulty, I’d say, was the worry if we, a bunch of Indian artistes and technicians, would be capable to enchantment to the worldwide viewers and their sensibilities. I’ve accomplished movies for thus lengthy they usually require me to carry out in a sure means. To alter my method in order to resonate with the worldwide viewers was barely difficult, however in a great way.
Talking of cinema, the place do you stand on the film theatre vs straight-to-digital launch of movies?
I believe I stand someplace in between. I consider that there’s nothing that may exchange the magic of watching a movie on the massive display. Watching a narrative and a personality coming alive on the massive display is an extremely wealthy expertise. There are some tales that are supposed to be watched within the darkness of the theatre.
However I additionally agree that we have to adapt to the altering occasions. I don’t assume that cinemas and the OTT area are stiff competitors for one another, they’re and can proceed to co-exist. There are some tales which are extra suited to be instructed on a digital platform, possibly as a result of they must be instructed over a couple of episodes. The factor with an internet sequence is that it might be watched within the consolation of your properties and you may press the pause button if it is advisable take a name or in case you are hungry (laughs).
You had an enormous blockbuster at first of the 12 months in Tanhaji. At this stage of your profession, how a lot does field workplace depend and on what foundation do you choose the components that you just play now?
Nobody may have thought Tanhaji would carry out the best way it did. After all, it was a larger-than-life expertise which had all the weather of being a blockbuster. However I’ve all the time maintained that the field workplace has by no means been an element for me earlier than signing a movie. I’ve modified lots as an individual. I wish to do a movie at the moment that creatively satisfies me and helps me discover a distinct facet to the actor in me. I wish to assume that I’ve develop into very fearless as an actor.
Having stated that, I’m a producer too and I’d positively need my movies to rake within the moolah. Cash is essential as a result of there are folks backing a movie and who’ve put their blood, sweat and hard-earned cash into it. However if you happen to ask the actor in me, I wish to say that the business viability of a movie is just not crucial factor to me, although I’d need the viewers to go and watch my movies in numbers. Seems like an irony… however that’s what it’s.
It’s been a distinct few months for all of us globally. How’s yours been? Any time for introspection?
I’m not certain about introspection, nevertheless it absolutely has allowed me to deal with issues that I love to do. I practised the guitar… I wish to be a greater guitar participant. I additionally tried to shine my French. There are such a lot of issues to do! I attempted my arms at cooking. I consider we nonetheless are getting used to the brand new regular. No one is ready for what tomorrow holds.
It’s additionally given you a number of time to spend with your loved ones. What are the issues that you just like doing essentially the most along with your son Taimur?
We did a number of portray and gardening. I learn out to him. We frolicked with one another as a household, and that has been the silver lining of the lockdown. Taimur actually loved having Kareena (Kapoor Khan, spouse) and me round him all through the lockdown. Once I look again at 2020, I’ll keep in mind it as a strong 12 months the place we bought to spend time with our son.
You’ve simply hit 50. Is the Saif of the 50s going to be any completely different than the Saif of the 40s or 30s?
I’m actually completely happy being who I’m and the place I’m proper now. I’ve usually heard folks say that your 50s are the most effective. I nonetheless really feel like I’ve simply began out, however there comes a time the place you begin trying older and even worse, you begin feeling older. There’s a little bit of fear that comes with that.
However I’ve began celebrating life. There are occasions after I see my pictures with Taimur, or some candid pictures of getting a drink and chatting with my pals. Then I look ahead to Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tandav and Bhoot Police. This inventive stuff on the market can actually maintain you content as a result of you might have a job you take pleasure in and respect. Additionally, now I’ve rather less stress… like I’ve to purchase a home someday, or earn cash to take care of my household. There are all the time duties. However fortuitously or sadly, I don’t wish to reside a paranoid life. If not movies, there shall be one thing else to do. I may even be managing a resort in Pataudi… I’m not afraid of the long run.