When Saif Ali Khan entered Bollywood in 1993 as a 23-year-old, his claim to fame was being veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's son. When he tried going solo as a hero in his second release with Umesh Mehra's Aashik Aawara, the outcome was a disaster. The audience wrote him off as a misfit in Bollywood, who could neither act nor fight nor dance on screen.
We all are humans but it important to learn something from your regrets: Saif Ali Khan
The turning point came when Saif took to comedy, after as many as four releases failed to have any impact for him. His fifth release, the 1994 rom-com Yeh Dillagi co-starring Akshay Kumar and Kajol, wasn't exactly a blockbuster, but people noticed his innate sense of timing. Asked if he has any regrets in his life, he said: "I am sure I have but not very serious ones. I think it is okay to have regrets. We all are humans. But it important to learn something from your regrets.
When Saif looks back at his 27-year journey in filmdom, all he can do is beam with pride
Reflecting on his journey, Saif, who is currently on a roll with two back-to-back acclaimed performances this year in "Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior" and "Jawaani Jaaneman", also spoke of how his acting process has evolved over the years. Now at 49, when an emotional Saif looks back at his 27-year journey in filmdom, all he can do is beam with pride.
Sky is the limit and you can never stop learning
Saif said, “I think my acting has become better with time, and I understand things much better now. My process is very instinctive. Although there are various techniques attached to acting, in my case it is mostly natural. It’s a very creative field. Sky is the limit and you can never stop learning. I am still learning.”