The good times are rolling out for Saif Ali Khan. The last few years have not been great for the Nawab with films like Chef, Rangoon and Bazaar flopping, however, the super success of the Netflix series Sacred Games has put his career back on track. While son Taimur continues to charm the paparazzi and wife Kareena makes her presence felt on and off screen, Saif is seeking new ventures.
Now the latest is that in 2019, Saif will turn villain in a historical film and that too opposite Ajay Devgn. Yes, you heard it right. Ajay recently released the poster of his next film Taanaji, based on the life of Tanaji Malsure, the legendary Maratha warrior. Word is that while Ajay will play the titular character (he also produces the film), Saif will play the antagonist. Confirming the casting coup Saif says, “Yes, I am playing the villain in this film. The crazy Udhayban Singh Rathore, Aurangzeb’s Rajput general.”
Ajay Devgan seems to have warmed up to Saif and his family in a big way. On Karan Johar’s talk show, Koffee with Karan, Devgn was asked to name his favourite Khan, and he promptly named Saif’s son Taimur.
When I tell Saif that Devgan has good taste, Saif agrees, “He does have good taste, no doubt.”
Incidentally, this would be the second time that Saif is playing the villain in an Ajay Devgn film. Years ago, Saif had played Langda Tyagi in Omkara, based on Shakespeare’s famous play Othello. It turned out to be one of his most memorable roles. Will Taanaji create the same magic?