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Is This The Second Worst Career Decision Saif Ali Khan Has Ever Made?

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After 'Humshakals', Is This The Second Worst Career Decision Saif Ali Khan Has Ever Made?

HuffPost India  |  By Ankur Pathak
Posted: 16/04/2016 18:26 IST Updated: 41 minutes ago
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A day after it was revealed that some of Bollywood's biggest male stars refused Fawad Khan's role in Kapoor and Sons, apparently because it was of a homosexual character, Saif Ali Khan has reached out with his reasons for declining the part.

In a phone conversation with HuffPost India , the actor said, "I did not say no to the role because it was a homosexual character. I genuinely wasn't too impressed with the script and felt a mainstream Hindi film hero playing gay in a mainstream Bollywood film deserved a better representation. I felt the character wasn't set in the right context."

The Omkara actor also said that it would be very silly' of any actor to refuse a part owing to a character's sexuality.

Sounding somewhat defensive, he said, "I'm not a petty guy with a narrow-minded mentality. I'm very liberal in my views and can look beyond things. It'd be amazing to have a gay character as one of the roles in my portfolio and I look forward to playing one. It's got nothing to do with being perceived as an alpha male, like your article argued, as I don't think I have a particularly macho image. At the time when Kapoor and Sons was offered to me, I didn't feel it was the right project for me to get into."


Fawad Khan and Alia Bhatt in Kapoor and Sons

But now that the film has released to much critical acclaim and decent box-office figures, does he feel differently about it? "I haven't found the time to watch it so I can't really answer that. But from what I hear people have liked the film and I'm happy for Karan and his team," said the actor who'll be next seen in Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon which features him alongside Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut.

I'm not a petty guy with a narrow-minded mentality. I'm very liberal in my views and can look beyond things.

What does he think about his peers - Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar - refusing the film on those grounds? "I can't speak on their behalf and don't know what their reasons were for not taking up the film, but it's very sad if people have perceived my rejection of Kapoor and Sons as something to do with homosexuality, something that I wholeheartedly support. Everyone makes mistakes, but when Karan (Johar, film producer) and Shakun (Batra, film director) came to me, I just didn't feel like doing the film... just like when Sajid Khan came to me, I had felt like doingHumshakals, which now I know was horrible. Shit happens."

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Posted: 16 April 2016 at 10:21am | IP Logged
From what he said it seems Saif declined because of having to share screen space with so many characters and probably because KJo's students would be around. 

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Posted: 16 April 2016 at 10:27am | IP Logged
Thumbs Up whatever the circumstances was it was Fawad khan destiny. So now can all these ppl.stop saying blah blah.i m elated saif or Farhan or shahid didn't do that.

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Posted: 16 April 2016 at 10:28am | IP Logged
Saif would have nailed it too...but then not everyone can have that foresight and courage.

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Posted: 16 April 2016 at 10:32am | IP Logged
whatever it is...but I cant imagine saif with Alia...even though there is just one kiss, I cant bear it...
Fawad and Alia had totally amazing chemistry


Edited by rombixsaturn - 16 April 2016 at 10:32am

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Posted: 16 April 2016 at 1:07pm | IP Logged
He still doesn't seem to be out of backlash received due to humshakals. At various interviews he has tried to bring this film down.
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Originally posted by Serotonin

In a phone conversation with HuffPost India , the actor said, "I did not say no to the role because it was a homosexual character. I genuinely wasn't too impressed with the script and felt a mainstream Hindi film hero playing gay in a mainstream Bollywood film deserved a better representation. I felt the character wasn't set in the right context."


What does he mean that the character was not properly represented?D'oh It was the most dignified representation such a character could get. It was sensitive, normal and not effeminate.

Ofcourse he made a terrible mistake by not choosing this movie. 

But I am happy Fawad did it, so it doesnt matter. 


Edited by -Brilliant- - 16 April 2016 at 1:29pm

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good that he rejected this movie...i can't imagine anyone else bt Fawad in it..
as it is i always feel jaise daane daane pe likha hota hain khanewale ke naam
waise se hi har movie mein likha hotein hain unhe aada karnewale ush
insaan ke naam Big smile  

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