The Nawab of Bollywood aka Saif Ali Khan is synonymous with suave. Nobody has donned a white tux better than him till date. He is one of the coolest actors, a fun dad, a very handsome husband and…well, what more do you need from a man? Saif has been acting in movies for almost three decades now and it won’t be incorrect to say that with time, he has nailed the craft. Having played some extremely interesting characters on screen, he has carved a niche for himself in Bollywood. While we all love him in his typical-Bollywood-hero avatar, his off-beat roles have been pretty impressive. Let’s look at a few of them:
Undoubtedly the top of this list, Ishwar “Langda” Tyagi was a character full of desi swag, which Saif Ali Khan portrayed brilliantly. This role was instrumental in making Saifu a mainstream actor who could also play off-beat roles.
The opening scene of this movie and Saif’s kickass dialogue delivery in the same was one of the highlights of this film. He portrayed the character of Deepak Kumar with great intensity while also being entertaining.
This was Saif’s second movie as a chef after Salaam Namaste. Here, he plays Roshan Kalra, an immensely talented chef who is losing his touch. This character is irate because of his failing career but needs to stay patient for his son. Kalra was as real and believable as a normal man going through a rough patch.
Saif’s character in the movie is exactly like the name of the movie, i.e. kaandi. He is diagnosed with stomach cancer in the very beginning of the movie, after which his character becomes just an unleashed party animal. He goes wildly insane and we cannot see anybody else playing Rileen better.
Rangoon is a period drama where Saif played the character of a former action-hero-turned-producer in the 1940s. While the actor looks slick now, just imagine him in the old-age suave avatar. He was brilliant, to say the least.
Saif’s character in Parineeta wasn’t an easy one. He portrays a variety of emotions, plays a passionate musician, and maintains a balance in his different characteristics throughout the film. This layered character cannot be pulled off by anyone else but Saif.
Being Cyrus (2006)
A very atypical role for the likes of Nawabs, Cyrus was an art lover and an expert assassin with a conscience. This movie was as twisted as his role and both were fabulous.
There’s another character in the Bollywood pipeline that can be added to the list. Saif’s next movie Baazaar is a business crime drama, where he plays a rich and self-made businessman who makes people abide by his rules. The movie releases on the 26th of October and it looks like a must-watch. Get ready, bookings will open soon. Until then, keep visiting this space for more on the movie and our review.