In the season where mainly remakes or sequels seem to be doing wonders and finding instant attention from the audience, Saif Ali Khan is chartering a different path for himself. His Cocktail, an original affair, turned out to be a good success, especially at multiplexes, while Race 2, sequel to his biggie Race, is also touted to be a story that would be told on screen for the first time ever. This also means that while other actors in his age group, like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, are picking up subjects for remakes at regular intervals and finding some good success as well, Saif seems to be bearing a different sensibility altogether.
"Honestly, I feel it is hard to say a film will work only if it a so-called ' masala' entertainer or if it has good originality to it. Come on, I have been around for 20 years now and at the end of it all, a film is a film. Sometimes your film may not do well despite being well made but then if it is special, it stays on. The medium could be a DVD or satellite but if you have done something right, it would show in a long run", says Saif.
He also believes that more often than not, it is good timing that turns out to be a deciding factor as well. "I will be the first person to say that Cocktail was not a classic. However its timing worked for the audience", he adds.
He also accepts that he was a tad flabby in Cocktail but in Race 2 he would be back in his dapper self.
"Yes, that was pointed out to me", he smiles, "I worked on that and am much fitter in 'Race 2'."
Welcome a suave and sophisticated Saif is what we would love to say. And bring on some originality as well as an added bonus.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder