Happy Birthday, Saif!

Just as Bebo’s prince charming Saif Ali Khan enters his 42nd year, we take a look at a few of his performances that have ensured that he is not only a very handsome superstar, but a good actor as well.

Other than Dil Chahta Hai, Saif did two more films in 2001, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein and Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega. Both these roles were poles apart – a tough lover boy and a bumbling henpecked husband respectively – and only an actor of good calibre could have pulled them off with conviction.In 2003 came Kal Ho Naa Ho, which belonged to Shahrukh Khan and Pretiy Zinta, but Saif stole some of the limelight with his dashing looks and cool acting. In 2004, Khan was seen for the first time as an intense actor in Sriram Raghavan’s Ek Hasina Thi (EHT) where he played the role of Karan Singh Rathod, a guy living on the edge, full of style and chutzpah but one who finally pays for his sins. This role changed the perception of Saif in B-town. Suddenly all hatke filmmakers were making a beeline for the nawab. The appreciation that came with EHT probably egged him on to take on more challenging roles, which led to him to doing noteworthy performances in Parineeta (2005) and Being Cyrus (2006). But there was still something missing, even with his romantic films like Salaam Namaste and Hum Tum being hits. Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara happened in 2006 and that put Langda Tyagi (Saif) on everyone’s wish list. The actor turned producer with Love Aaj Kal, in which he starred with Deepika Padukone. Saif was last seen in Aarakshan as a Dalit and he held his own amidst powerhouse performers like Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee. We are now eagerly waiting for him to play the desi James Bond in Sriram Raghavan’s next film Agent Vinod – again a Saif production. Here’s wishing you all the best Saif!