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Saif Ali Khan
Also known as: Saifu, Chote Nawab, Nawab, Nawab of Pataudi, Sajid Ali Khan
Actor • Special Appearances • Voice Cast • Producer
Born: August 16, 1970 in New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Known as the Chote Nawab, Saif Ali Khan is an Indian film actor and producer who works in the Bollywood film industry. Born in the royal family of Pataudi, Haryana, Saif Ali Khan is a recipient of a National Award and the Padma Shri Award. He started his acting career with Parampara in the year 1992. Since his debut, Saif Ali Khan has established himself as one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood. To his credit, Saif has been part of several hit movies like Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Parineeta (2005), Omkara (2006), Race (2008), and Cocktail (2012). Apart from acting Saif Ali Khan is also a producer and co-founder of the Illuminati Films Production company with Dinesh Prem Vijan.

Early Life
Saif Ali Khan, also known as Junior Pataudi was born on 16 august 1970 in New Delhi, to the then Nawab of Pataudi and former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mansoor Ali Khan and the evergreen yesteryear actress Sharmila Tagore. Saif has two sisters, Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan who is a Bollywood actress. He completed his early education at The Lawrence School, Sanawar and later went to Lockers Park School, Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom. Saif graduated from Winchester College, United Kingdom.

Personal Life
Saif Ali Khan married actress Amrita Singh in the year 1991. The duo, met each other while shooting for Bekhudi and young Saif, smitten by her in the first glance started dating her. The relationship didn`t go down well with Saif`s parents as Amrita was 12 years older than him. Nonetheless, Saif was committed to her and the couple got married in October 1991. The marriage worked positively for both and Saif and Amrita and the duo has two children, a son named Ibrahim Ali Khan and a daughter named Sara Ali Khan but after 13 years of marriage, the couple separated in 2004. Saif Ali Khan then fell in love with actor Kareena Kapoor and after sharing a courtship period for a while, the duo got married in 2012.

Movie Career
Saif Ali Khan started his career in the film industry under the mentorship of the Yash Chopra and Umesh Mehra. After making a forgettable debut with Parampara in 1992, a couple of years in 1994 Saif delivered two blockbuster hits viz. Yeh Dillagi and Main Khiladi Tu Anari. Both the films, which had Akshay Kumar as his co-star earned him a lot of praise with the latter giving him his first nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare Awards.

Following his success with Main Khiladi Tu Anari, he appeared in many movies like Yaar Gaddar (1994), Aao Pyaar Karen (1994), Ek Tha Raja (1996), Bambai Ka Babu (1996), Tu Chor Main Sipahi (1996), Dil Tera Diwana (1996), Hameshaa (1997), and Keemat: They Are Back (1998). None of the films created a mark either critically or commercially. During this phase, nothing was working for Saif, and it was assumed by many that this was, in fact, was the end of his career. After a long period of giving flops, Saif`s career graph started to improve as he appeared in films like Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan (1999), Aarzoo (1999), Kachche Dhaage (1999) and the ensemble cast family drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) that grossed a box-office collection of 27 crores INR.

His next film to gain critical and commercial success was the comedy drama Dil Chahta Hai. The film, written and directed by Farhan Akhtar, earned the National Award for Best Feature Film. Based on the lives of three friends` Saif Ali Khan as Sameer, Aamir Khan as Aakash Malhotra and Akshaye Khanna as Siddharth Sinha, the film dealt with the transitions in their lives, it created a wave of new trends amongst the youth in India. Saif`s performance earned him the Filmfare Award for The Best Performance in a Comic Role as well as the IIFA and Zee Cine Award for The Best Supporting Actor.

Saif next appeared in Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001), Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) and Darna Mana Hai (200) all of which failed at the box office. With a series of flops to his name, the actor made a smashing comeback with Nikhil Advani`s 2003 film Kal Ho Naa Ho co-starring Shah Rukh Khan, and Preity Zinta. The film garnered positive reviews from the critics and was a box-office hit and Saif received the IIFA Award for the Best Supporting Actor and Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Kunal Kohli`s romantic comedy Hum Tum, which released in 2004 was one of Saif`s best performances, which won him the National Film Award for Best Actor. The film was a huge commercial success and was well received by the critics. The turning point in his career came when he was cast as Ishwar `Langda` Tyagi in Vishal Bhardwaj`s Omkara. The film was an Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare`s Othello and was a huge success commercially and critically. Saif received the Filmfare Award for the Best Villain, the IIFA and Zee Cine Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role and the Stardust Award For Best Actor in a Negative Role.

In 2007, the actor collaborated with Vidhu Vinod Chopra for his next directorial venture, the epic drama, Eklavya: The Royal Guard. The movie, although had an ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Vidya Balan and Sharmila Tagore, the movie failed at the box-office. But, it was chosen as India`s official entry for the Academy Awards that year. Following this flop, the actor next appeared in Siddharth Anand`s family drama, Ta Ra Rum Pum alongside Rani Mukherji. His other releases include Laal Kaptaan and Jawaani Jaaneman. His 2020 release includes Dil Bechara. He then featured in Bhoot Police (2021), Bunty Aur Babli 2 (2021) and Adipurush (2022).
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Ex-Spouse
Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi
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Ibrahim Ali Khan
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Sara Ali Khan
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Sharmila Tagore
Mother
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
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Soha Ali Khan
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Saba Ali Khan
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Did You Know? (19)

  • Saif Ali Khan`s real daughter Sara Ali Khan was initially slated to play the role of his on-screen daughter in Jawaani Jaaneman.
  • Saif Ali Khan shed 10 kilos from his diet for his role in Jawaani Jaaneman.
  • Actress Alaia Furniturewalla who plays Saif Ali Khan`s daughter in Jawaani Jaaneman is Pooja Bedi`s daughter.
  • Initially, Saif Ali Khan was offered the role of Girish in the film Parineeta. But, Saif managed to convince Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the producer and Pradeep Sarkar, the director of the film, that he was fit to play the character of Shekhar.
  • On February 18, 2007, Saif was admitted to Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai. Experiencing chest pain, the actor underwent an ECG, which showed that he had a mild heart attack. Sister, Soha Ali Khan stated that Saif had been working day and night and was overexerted. Saif was rehearsing his performance for stardust awards when he complained about the pain. He left smoking following this incident.
  • For his role in the movie Chef, Saif Ali Khan reportedly took cooking lessons from professionals.
  • Saif Ali Khan has a fetish for watches and changes his watch 3 times a day.
  • Saif Ali Khan has "Katsaridaphobia" - the fear of cockroaches.
  • Saif Ali Khan was offered the role Chunnilal in the movie Devdas. However, he turned it down as he wanted to essay the lead role of Devdas. The role eventually went to Jackie Shroff.
  • Saif Ali Khan was initially offered the role Vikram in the movie Luck By Chance. However, the actor turned down the offer as he was not happy with the fees. The role was eventually essayed by Farhan Akhtar.
  • Before becoming an actor, Saif Ali Khan worked at an advertising agency in Delhi.
  • Saif Ali Khan's father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, would send him to work on a DTC bus and give him a pocket money of INR 200.
  • During his time at the Winchester college, Saif Ali Khan played as an all-rounder in the cricket team.
  • Saif Ali Khan was cast by director Anand Mahendroo in a movie that would have been his debut. However, the project never materialized.
  • Saif Ali Khan was cast in the lead role in the movie Bekhudi (1992) by director Rahul Rawail. However, after completing the first schedule, Rawail replaced Khan citing his unprofessional behaviour. The role was then given to Kamal Sadanah.
  • Saif Ali Khan had initially refused the movie Ek Hasina Thi owing to his busy schedule. It was only after Sriram Raghavan, the director of the movie, approached Khan the second time that he accepted the role.
  • Aamir Khan was initially offered the role of Karan Kapoor in the movie Hum Tum. However, he turned it down and the role was eventually given to Saif Ali Khan.
  • Saif Ali Khan received his first Best Actor nomination at the Filmfare awards for his 34th film - Parineeta. Prior to this, the actor had been nominated in the 'Supporting Actor', 'Best Actor in a Comic Role', and 'Debut Actor' categories.
  • Saif Ali Khan's role in the movie Cocktail was initially offered to Imran Khan.
  • Personal Quotes (10)

  • "It feels great to wake up feeling healthy, awake and alert."
  • "We don`t have an open marriage but we do have an open career and that`s the way it should be."
  • "Now I know that love is verb. It has to be practised. It`s not just a word. You are your actions."
  • "I`d advise all men to marry much younger and beautiful women."
  • "What attracts me to a movie is the director."
  • "I think I`m an easy guy to talk to if I don`t let my own mind get in the way."
  • "A film has to be for commercial success as well as earn you respect as an artist."
  • "But actors should act. You should see them most often rather than just not."
  • "I have a lot of connection to Pataudi. I have spent a lot of time there and I love the place very much, but at no point, do I consider myself a Nawab."
  • "I think a lot of a man`s outlook in life - at least mine - is shaped by his relationship with his father."
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