Saif Ali Khan sat down with film-journalist Mayank Shekhar for a rather candid interview. He revealed how the Sacred Games’ second season lost his interest, everything he learnt from his ex-wife, and how he had to earn back his ancestral home.
Getting unreserved about his success in the show-business, Saif Ali Khan credits Amrita Singh, who took a backseat from her career to take care of her family, for it all. “I also ran away from home, and got married at 20. And I have to give Amrita, my ex-wife, credit for being the only person who taught me to take it all seriously. She said you can’t hit the target while laughing at it.” He furthers, “That’s when Parampara happened,” the actor’s debut film.
Even after their divorce, the duo maintain cordial relations and don’t let the discord between them affect the upbringing of their kids. In an interview with Filmfare, Saif Ali Khan was quoted as saying, “It is a perfect life ya. They are right. I’ve nothing to complain about, really. I have a cellar stocked with good wine. A lovely lady at home (Kareena Kapoor Khan). I love my mother (Sharmila Tagore), my sisters (Soha and Saba Ali Khan) and my wonderful children (Sara, Ibrahim and Taimur). Now even my ex-wife (Amrita Singh) and I are getting along. We are discussing our children’s future.”
Saif Ali Khan also reveals that he had to pay a lot of money to earn back his ancestral home. “People have a certain fixed notion. For that matter, even Pataudi, when my father died, it got rented to Neemrana Hotels, Aman Nath and Francis Wacziarg used to run. Francis passed away. He’d said that if I wanted it back, I could let him know. I said, ‘I want it back’. They held a conference, and said, ‘okay, you have to give us lots of money!’ Which I then consequently earned.”
Adding, “So, even the house I’m supposed to have inherited has been earned back through money from films. You can’t live off the past. At least we can’t in our family, because there was nothing. There is history, culture, beautiful photographs; and, of course, some land. It has been a privileged upbringing. But there’s been no inheritance.”
Talking about his childhood, the actor says, “I was born and even raised in Bombay. My father lived with my mother in her Carmichael Road flat… He had just finished playing cricket. His last Test series was when I was four/five. My mother, Sharmila Tagore, says he was bunking his responsibilities. His mother was looking after things in Bhopal and Pataudi. She’d got old. So we moved to Delhi to live with her.”
Saif Ali Khan who has multiple projects lined-up will soon be seen in Laal Kaptaan and then as an antagonist in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, a historical drama which is slated to release on January 10, 2020. The actor has also wrapped up shooting of Jawaani Jaaneman in London. The film that also stars Tabu will mark the debut of Alaia F, Pooja Bedi’s daughter. The film will release on November 29.