Saif Ali Khan: I'm trying to be more commercial

Saif Ali Khan, one of the few actors among his peers who experimented with film content and platforms in recent times, returns to the mainstream with 'Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.' Upon settling in his Bandra office, the 49-year-old actor admits that he is ready to change gears after some of his recent films did not work. I would like to work with good producers because they know how to position a movie, he said. Chat Excerpts:

Were you aware of Tanaji Malusare (played by Ajay Devgn) before signing the movie?

I knew Tanaji from the Amar Chitra Katha series and had heard the famous story of how he used a lizard to climb Fort Kondhana. As a child, my father (the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) gave me the Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the form of a comic. From there, I cultivated the habit of reading mythological stories. Tanaji is literally an unrecognized hero and is the perfect time for a movie that revives our past.

Why do you think there has been an increase in vintage films in recent times?

Advanced computer graphics have allowed us to make large screen shows. This genre also has the potential to show heroism and patriotism. If you look at the things that are being done, it seems that someone is working on the list of national heroes in Amar Chitra Katha. The industry is always looking for ideas and movies follow trends. It is not surprising; It's fun to act in these movies. Dressing and riding is a pleasant change for an actor.

What made you sign the movie?

He is a colorful and dramatic character (the actor plays the antagonist Udaybhan Rathod in the film) in a space he had not explored before. He demanded an experienced actor with experience in body language, postures and expressions. I did it because it was a great role. People say there are some references to a series (in the movie) and I agree. However, we are all influenced by the scenarios and costumes, but not by the performances. This is basically a war movie.

Then there is 'Jawaani Jaaneman ...'

It's a funny and mischievous movie and I didn't know this side of our director, Nitin Kakkar, before I started shooting.

Were you worried about playing the role of Alaia F's father in the movie?

I'm not really playing a father, since my character resists fatherhood. The movie is about being an age when you think you are too young, but you really are not. You will soon know more (about the story).

You acted in ' Love aaj kal 'and now, your daughter Sara is in her sequel. How do you feel?

It's great, but I don't know how to feel about it. He could even have acted in the sequel (laughs). I just did the remix of my song, 'Ole Ole' by Yeh Dillag 'for' Jawaani Jaaneman 'and now my daughter is acting in a sequel to my movie. He is charming and I wish him all the best. Time is really flying.

You have seen success and failure in your career. How do you deal with the latter?

Your passion for work should not come from success, because failure can shake you. Sometimes we make a wrong movie, but we must keep our balance and find confidence inside.

What kind of movies are you looking to make now?

I am trying to be a little more commercial. I made some movies that I thought would be correct, but other people obviously didn't feel the same. I would like to work with good producers because they know how to position a movie. People have put faith in me for so long; I hope to have a good year ahead.

You start the 'Bhoot Police' with Fatima Sana Shaikh in March ...

That has advanced a little. We begin to work closer to the end of the year. It's a horror comedy and the team is working on the script.

There is the Vikram Vedha (The R-Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi-starrer 2017 Tamil cop-thriller) also remake, apart from 'Bunty Aur Babli 2 ...'

It's too early to talk about these movies. Many projects that are being written are confirmed, but I don't feel comfortable talking about them.

Kareena Kapoor completes 20 years as Bollywood actor next year. How do you see your trip?

It has been a brave balance between personal and professional life. It seems normal now, but it wasn't when she was doing it. Getting married (in 2012) was an apparent risk at the time, but the balance comes from the type of people I admired professionally and personally, like Kajol and my mother (Sharmila Tagore). She is evolving over time and is a great mother, wife and a very reliable star. It is a great contribution for women and gender equality.