Saif Ali Khan is one of a few Bollywood actors who have managed to etch their name across mediums while also offering variety in performance. Just this year, two of his theatrical releases, romantic comedy Jawaani Jaaneman and period drama Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, saw him in contrasting roles and were both widely acclaimed. The actor held a conversation with senior journalist Kaveree Bamzai in a chat arranged as part of Indulge Time Pass, a series of webinars organized by The New Indian Express group, and sponsored by SRM University. He opened up about a variety of topics, including spending quality family time. “One of the most special things of this lockdown for me has been spending quality time with Taimur,” he began, before going on to discuss his experience of working with the late Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara.  “He was a talented actor and a good-looking guy. I thought he had a bright future. He was polite to me and appreciated my guest appearance in the film. He wanted to talk about many topics like astronomy and philosophy. I got the feeling he was brighter than I was.”

Saif Ali Khan recently opened up about the ongoing nepotism debate, during a webinar organized by The New Indian Express. The actor revealed that he also has been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that. Reacting to the nepotism row and Kangana Ranaut’s scathing remarks, he said, “I have no idea what Kangana was saying on Koffee with Karan because I don’t think like that. As far as Karan is concerned, he has made himself a large symbol and it seems like he’s attracting a lot of flak for it. The truth is always complicated. There’s much more to it but people aren’t interested in that. I hope the tide is over and better things shine through.”

He further added, “There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. Nepotism, favoritism, and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that. I’m happy to see more people from film institutes come to the forefront.” The debate erupted recently, due to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sudden demise on June 14, 2020. The actor reportedly was battling depression and fans believe it was the industry’s favoritism and camps that caused him to feel left out.

The star has come a long way from making his OTT debut with Sacred Games that brought him global recognition. “I knew Narcos on Netflix had a global audience and when they came to India and said they wanted to do this, I was sold. I enjoyed playing the Sardar and wearing the turban.” However, Saif didn’t seem sure about another season of Sacred Games happening but said he’d love to do it if offered a chance.

Going on to discuss his hopes for his career, he said, “I would like to do a saga on Mughals, East India Company, or some similar topic that is not full of cliches. A new perspective towards Mahabharata or similar seminal work would be exciting too. It’s time we told our version of history as Indians.”