The National award-winning actor has been getting rave reviews for his performance in the Pushkar-Gayatri directorial.
Starting his career in 1993, Saif Ali Khan was initially one of the Khans of Bollywood who struggled to fit into the mold of commercial heros and superstardom that the rest of the Khans - Shah Rukh, Salman, and Aamir had back then. However, with time and the right choices, Saif Ali Khan has become one of the most relevant actors of the present time, having his name attached to some celebrated web series and films.
His latest film, Vikram Vedha, sees him playing the role of police officer Vikram, who goes in search of the gangster Vedha. And the audience is finding his performance a real treat indeed.
In an interaction with the media in Mumbai, post the release of the film, Saif was asked if experimenting with roles that are not typically Bollywood was the right decision for his career to stay relevant with time.
Saif said, "I think I made the right choices in making interesting projects and also found support from the media. I think if I chose a certain kind of movie, people are more appreciative of the safer choices...which are not safe anymore. With projects like Secret Games, Kaalakaandi, I opened up to work with a lot more interesting people, away from the mainstream Bollywood that had limitations with opportunities and the star cast with whom I will be working every day. I wasn't having fun with the restrictive choices. So I decided to just go out there and act and play interesting characters and have fun!"
"I am on that path where I am acting and immersing myself into a character, without thinking too much about the outcome. I do not want to worry about anything, I want to act!" he added.
Saif successfully curved a niche for himself with web series like Sacred Games, Tandav, Kya Kehna, Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Hum Tum, Omkara, Parineeta, Love Aaj Kal, Kaalakaandi, Jawaani Jaaneman among others.
Vikram Vedha is the Hindi remake of the Tamil film of the same name released in 2017. The story of the film originated from the folklore of Vikram-Veda and questions the interpretation of right and wrong, good and evil.
The actor plays a cop named Vikram who is on a mission to track down a gangster named Vedha and kill him, but eventually, things change completely when the gangster surrenders himself.
When Saif was asked if the process of playing such a character changed anything emotionally within him, he said, "I do not think anything changed within me during the filming of Vikram Vedha but I really enjoyed working on those dialogues. I thought about delivering those lines, especially in the climax I found interesting. I think I broke up those lines interestingly, at times in real life also take pauses when uttering a line, and then there are cinematic pauses too. So I thought what fun it would be to play around these two pauses and deliver something different."
Directed by Pushkar and Gayatri, Vikram Vedha, which also features - Rohit Saraf, Radhika Apte, Sharib Hashmi and Satyadeep Mishra, was released in theaters on September 30.