Saif Ali Khan aka Chote Nawab of the industry, celebrates his 48th birthday today .With over 26 years in the industry, he has had a roller-coaster ride career-wise. From being an Anari to inching close to Khiladi at a few genres, Saif has certainly come a long way.
Indeed one of the most versatile and suave performers, he’s called as the Johnny Depp of Hindi cinema by none other than his Begum, Kareena Kapoor Khan.
So let’s have a dekko at his finest performances, which prove his mettle as an actor:-
1. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)
Unquestionably, a game changer for the actor, this was the one film, which made everyone stand up and notice this underdog star. Funny, carefree, haplessly in love with every other girl he has a fleeting encounter with, made every guy see a bit of himself in innocent Sameer. Not fearing being overshadowed by the other two compelling characters, Saif made his presence felt in Royal style.
2. Ek Hasina Thi (2004)
After a string of rom-coms and bizarre action potboilers, Mr.Khan made his foray into the world of noir and gory. Releasing in same year as Hum Tum, this saw Saif as a ruthless, merciless and shrewd Karan, who traps his own girlfriend in drug trafficking. With a smoldering persona and unparalleled flamboyance, Khan was top-notch and made this one of the most remembered acts of his career.
3. Hum Tum (2004)
Playing the role of Karan Kapoor, a cartoonist, this was Saif’s first solo hit. With tremendous screen presence, style as cool as a cucumber and an electric chemistry with Rani Mukherjee, he bagged his first National Award for the best actor, in 2005.
4. Parineeta (2005)
Arguably, his most nuanced and restrained performance, Parineeta showed that there’s a sensitive and reticent side to this uber-cool and debonair persona. Three films on the same subject had bombed at the box-office. This turned out to be a sleeper-hit, all thanks to an incredible ensemble, soul-stirring acting, and haunting music and above all, a flesh and blood central character-Shekhar, i.e., Saif Ali Khan.
5. Omkara (2006)
Nobody but only Vishal Bharadwaj can penetrate straight into the actor’s strengths, churn out all the energy and make him deliver a perfect performance, which almost gets embedded in his and our consciousness. Hailed as his career’s best, how could ‘Landa Tyagi’ ever fade from our memories? This adaption of Othello saw Khan portray the role he never explored before. Jealously, Agony, Betrayal, and Revenge- His character had all the ingredients one needs to make a despicable and dusky villain.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Kal Ho Naa Ho, Being Cyrus, Race, Love Aaj Kal and Go Goa Gone.
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