Twenty five years and around 60 films later, Saif Ali Khan has got into an interesting phase of his career. “The actor would be certainly hoping that his newest block of films reverses the trend that he has been facing of late when it comes to theatrical run of his films,” comments a trade expert and adds, “He has four distinct films lined up for release — Jawani Janeman, Hunter, Bhoot Police and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. Moreover, he also has the second season of Sacred Games to go on air soon. This could be a game changer for him.”
His last crop of films, Kaalakaandi, Chef and Rangoon, couldn’t do well at all the box office. There was some respite though, with Baazaar, which was a fair success and as for appreciation, there was loads of it with the first season of Sacred Games.
Not that he hasn’t tried diverse genres earlier too. Kaalakaandi was a quirky comedy, Chef had him in a realistic space while Rangoon was a period drama. On the other hand, a few years before this he had a flurry of successes, which proved to be a good block of films. Race 2, though not as appreciated as the first part, was still a 100 crore success and had Saif get into a suave avatar.
An insider says, “He had his fair share of ‘masala’ films right through the 90s but ever since the turn of the millennium, he has been trying out different things. Remember the time since the release of Kal Ho Na Ho? He delivered back to back successes with Hum Tum, Parineeta, Salaam Namaste and Omkara; each one of them belonging to a different set up.”
This is what Saif is aspiring to do all over again.
“Well, one may accuse Saif of a lot of things but not for the lack of trying. Coming two years could well turn over a new chapter for him,” says a source close to the actor.