2017 saw the box office failure of Saif Ali Khan’s Rangoon and Chef. However, Saif is looking forward to begin afresh in 2018.
Saif said to a leading Indian daily, “I don’t want to shirk the obvious feeling that it hasn’t been a great last year. However, I would like to start afresh in the New Year. Box office notwithstanding, I have really tried to focus on being a better actor. For some really weird reason, I’m able to understand this craft better now than ever.”
On being asked about his reaction when things didn’t work out as planned, he said, “Sometimes when I was at my lowest, I even felt no one is interested in watching anything I do. But then again, I would tell myself — I do think I’m not that important that people have anything against me. Hits and flops are a part of the process. If I’m in the right film and make the right offering, then people will be there to see my movies.”
Talking about his recent choice of films which hadn’t been purely commercial, Saif stated, “You’re right. A lot of what I get turned on by might not be the right offering and that is a curse as well as a blessing. I don’t have a very ‘massy’ brain and I cannot say wow, this is perfect, they are going to love this one in the front benches. Sometimes, yes, I do think it is a commercial film. I admit some of my ideas are niche. But then again, I’m scared to use the word ‘niche’. I do not think I’m niche. Maybe, I’m not comfortable doing what I would find silly. You have got to do it well and if you find something silly, you obviously will not do it well. Some people can do that kind of comedy really effectively. Having said that, I’ve enjoyed the commercialism of films like Race and Hum Tum.”
Saif Ali Khan will be next featured in Akshat Verma’s directorial Kaalakaandi which is scheduled to release on January 12, 2018.