Age: 41 yrs
Birthday: 16th August 1970
Marital status: Was Married to Amrita Singh (1991-2004); has a son, Ibrahim, and a daughter, Sara Ali Khan. SaifSaif Ali is currently dating Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor.
Awards: Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India; National Film Award for Best Actor; 2 Filmfare Best Comedian Awards, Filmfare Best Male Debut Award, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Filmfare Best Villain Award; Rajiv Gandhi Award for Achievement in Films.
Trivia: In 1998, Saif Ali Khan was charged with poaching two blackbucks in Rajasthan, India, during the filming of Hum Saath-Saath Hain along with his co-stars. The charges were dropped soon after Saif Ali Khan was acquitted.
Biography: Saif Ali Khan is royalty, living life king size. He’s the brat we eyed with indulgence as he played ‘actor-actor’ until he did a complete turnaround post Dil Chahta Hai (2001). From then, there’s no looking back for the suave actor as he juggles a revived career and his lady love, Kareena Kapoor.
Saif Ali Khan was born in New Delhi, India. His father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, was the Nawab of Pataudi and a former captain of the Indian cricket team. His mother Sharmila Tagore is an acclaimed Bollywood actress. Saif has two sisters, Saba and Soha. Soha also acts in Bollywood films.
Saif Ali Khan studied at the Lawrence School, Sanawar, and the Locker’s Park Prep School. His college years were spent in his father’s alma mater, Winchester College, UK.
Saif Ali Khan made his acting debut in 1992 with Parampara. In 1993, he starred in Aashiq Awara but his breakthrough role came in 1994 with Yeh Dillagi, where he starred opposite Kajol and Akshay Kumar. The film was Saif’s first major hit.He then went on to star as the leading man in many films which, unfortunately, could not repeat the magic at the box-office. He only had success with multi-starrers like Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Imtihaan (1995), Kachche Dhaage (1999) and Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). He also had a hit in Kya Kehna! (2000), he starred opposite Preity Zinta in this film.
His acting career, more or less, went through a relative slump until 2001, when he was cast in Farhan Akhtar’s contemporary drama Dil Chahta Hai. He received much acclaim for his role. The success of this film firmly also established Saif as a name to reckon with in Bollywood.
Saif Ali Khan has, since then, had many box office successes, starting with Nikhil Advani’s drama, Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) with Shah Rukh Khan. His first hit as a leading man came with Kunal Kohli’s Hum Tum opposite Rani Mukerji in 2004. This was also his first movie with Yash Raj Films. In the same year Saif also played a negative character in Ek Hasina Thi.
Each of his four releases in 2005 and 2006 – Parineeta, Salaam Namaste, Being Cyrus and Omkara – had Saif pushing the envelope as an actor. Being Cyrus was a critically acclaimed English language film. Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello and Saif’s performance as ‘Langda Tyagi’ was phenomenal. This role earned Saif a Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative role category.
Saif Ali Khan next acted in Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007). The film was India’s official entry to the Oscars, and Khan’s performance as ‘Harshwardhan’ was appreciated by critics. He next appeared alongside Rani Mukerji in the family drama, Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007).
In 2008, Saif Ali Khan first starred in the thriller Race opposite Bipasha Basu. The film went on to do well at the box-office. This was followed by Tashan and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, both the films failed at the box-office. Saif also lent his voice for Yash Raj Films’ animation project, Roadside Romeo.
In 2009, Saif Ali Khan produced and starred in Love Aaj Kal. The film was a commercial success. He then starred in Karan Johar’s thriller Kurbaan along with Kareena Kapoor, in which he played a terrorist. In 2011, Saif was seen in Prakash Jha’s multi-starrer Aarakshan along with Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpayee and Deepika Padukone.
In 2012, Saif Ali Khan starred in Cocktail.
Saif Ali Khan will be seen opposite Kareena Kapoor in action thriller Agent Vinod. He is currently working on Go Goa Gone and Race 2.