In real life, my idea of love is different: Saif
This is fairly familiar territory for Saif Ali Khan. The actor has played lover boy quite frequently onscreen and four of those recent roles have been with Deepika Padukone. For his home production, Cocktail, it has also been smooth sailing thanks to a partnership with Dinesh Vijan. Here, Saif talks about his film, partnership, co-starring with Deepika and playing lover boy for the umpteenth time.
Cocktail is garma garam
It just goes to show that I think that a lot of these things happen by chance and good luck. My partner Dinesh Vijan, Imtiaz Ali (the writer) Homi Adajania (the director) and I intended to make a nice movie. But why one film becomes hotter than another, I don’t know. Cocktail generated a buzz from the time the first promos broke. I think it’s got to do with people’s perceptions, expectations and the timing. A lot of that is out of our control. But I’m very happy. It is nice as an actor to experience a hot film.
Dreams for your home banner — Illuminati
There are certain business plans and things. But Dinesh and I will never compromise on quality. The three movies we have made so far — Love Aaj Kal (LAK), Agent Vinod and Cocktail — have all been well made. Two of them (LAK and Cocktail) have been hotter than the other. And that’s not a bad average. If we continue like this, we will be on a good wicket. Our films reflect our personalities and outlook. The nice thing about this is that we have checks in place for each other. Sometimes, he has ideas that I do not like and vice versa. It is a good working relationship. Together, we make a complete personality.
An actor is not a perfect producer
I agree. There are various people who make movies. Directors and actors can become self-indulgent. Very often, when we are given lots of money to make the films we want, we tend to get carried away. That’s where a good producer comes in handy. A producer tends to make a film for the audience. Also, he is the one who is trying to be as commercial as possible. The director and the actor tend to think more for them. As an actor, I’d say, ‘I want to play this role.’ But that might not be what the people want to see me in. That’s where a guy like Dinesh comes in. A film should be a producer’s film. He should sign the director, and the actors. He should be given the choices as he is the voice of reason. He is the story teller, who tells the director how to tell a story and, most importantly, which story to tell. Of the three films we have made, a lot of the ideas are mine. But Cocktail is completely Dinesh’s idea and I respect the way he has put this film together. The music, the publicity and the casting has all been handled by him. It gives me a great sense of relief and pride that my partner is capable of doing it so well on his own.
A great part of my career has been based on my lover boy image. I’m glad that Cocktail allows me to be charming onscreen and my character Gautam has a lot of energy. People say that I’ve excelled in lover boy roles. I do feel I have a range. I no longer feel tied down to the genre. I enjoy doing it, but I’ve started liking other kind of movies. Omkara, Aarakshan, Kurban, Agent Vinod and Race-2 are movies that I like. An actor should never be stifled by being asked to do the same thing over and over again.
Romancing two girls…
Yes I am romancing two girls at one go. The girls are fantastic. At a basic level, they represent two kinds of women; Meera is more conventional and emotional, while Veronica is western and wild. The film also traces the story of Gautam and his growth as well. Initially, he would have never looked at a girl like Meera. But he soon realizes where his real feelings lie. Love in real life In real life my idea of love is different. There was an Ayn Rand character who said that she doesn’t trust love unless it comes in a slightly twisted form — that’s me. I see more beauty in that. I might find Meera a bit boring in real life.
Deepika and I
Deepika and I are nearly four films old and yet I think our pair is very effective. Sometimes you do two movies with someone and it feels like a lifetime. With Deepika, I do not feel this, probably because neither of us gets over familiar with each other. Our approach to the roles we’ve done has been different. I’m happy that people like us together. I enjoy working with Deepika.
Illuminati Films and Eros International’s Cocktail releases today.