The scion of the regal Pataudi family, Saif Ali Khan is one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood. He made his acting debut in 1993 with Yash Chopra’s Parampara. Since then, Saif has given us some of the most memorable characters of Indian cinema. He doesn’t follow anybody. He remains his usual self and that is what his fans love about him. He is one of those actors who gets into the skin of a character whether he plays a college boy or an anti-hero. Here are 6 memorable characters played by him that will stay with us forever:
Rohan (Kal Ho Naa Ho)
Kal Ho Naa Ho was a movie loved by every one. Out of all the things that made us fall for it was Rohan’s character played by Saif Ali Khan. A rich brat with a heart of gold, Rohan was everything that defined charm. From his endearing love for his best friend Naina to his bang on comedy timing, everything seemed right in place. Rohan was not the central character, but he surely managed to holds his ground brilliantly alongside co-stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta.
Another milestone character played by Saif Ali Khan was Sameer of Dil Chahta Hai. A cult that explores friendships and relationships, Dil Chahta Hai gave Saif the much deserved appreciation and love. Sameer was a light hearted character who falls in love very easily and cares too deeply about his friends. Sameer was indeed a loveable character who ruled hearts and still continues to do that.
Saif Ali Khan’s first solo hit Hum Tum is special for many reasons. The movie established Saif as a youth icon. Not just did, the movie fetched him a National Award for the Best Actor. A carefree young lad, Karan Kapoor represented every youngster who wants to live his life on his own terms. His adorable lover side made girls go week in the knees. Saif redefined “cool” with his portrayal of Karan whose hairstyle became a rage.
Jaivardhan Singh who liked being called Jai was the ultimate chilled out character played by Saif. The movie redefined love in the modern age. Saif flawlessly played the most flawed character ever who wants freedom at every cost. The chemistry between Jai and Meera (Deepika Padukone) garnered huge praise both from the critics as well as from the audience.
Another Saif Ali Khan character that will stay with all of us for a long time is Gautam Kapoor of Cocktail. Gautam who initially falls for Veronica (Deepika Padukone) eventually realizes that he actually loves Veronica’s roommate Meera (Diana Penty). The new age love triangle clicked well with the audience. Gautam, who was a playboy was full of different layers that consisted of care, love, emotions and affection. Saif’s brilliant act made this a blockbuster.
A masterpiece by ace director Vishal Bhardwaj, Omkara gave us the best version of Saif Ali Khan in the form of Langda Tyaagi. Omkara was adapted from William Shakespeare’s play Othello. For the first time in his career Saif played a negative role and how! His fiery eyes and his heart full of rage, Langda Tyaagi is one of the best anti-heroes we have ever seen in Indian cinema.
Kaalakaandi is an adventurous ride full of thrill and comedy. The movie revolves around Saif Ali Khan’s character who is diagnosed with stomach cancer. His doctor advises him of going all out and doing whatever he wanted to in life. This is when the real Kaalakaandi begins. It broadly talks of hope, greed, love and lust- through different characters and their stories. With the tagline of “Every action has a reaction”, the movie promises to be a unique and hilarious entertainer. Kaalakaandi is a black comedy helmed by Delhi Belly fame writer Akshat Verma. The movie also stars Akshay Oberoi, Isha Talwar, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sobhita Dhulipala and Deepak Dobriyal.