Saif Ali Khan regrets turning down naked scene in Omkara
The director asked Saif to do a naked scene but he declined
Omkara was a hit in the box office, starring Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Konkana Sen Sharma and Bipasha Basu. The 2006 film was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello and it went on to become one of Saif Ali Khan’s most memorable roles.
Saif played the character of Langda Tyagi, and recently recounted some of his regrets when speaking about the film on a recent episode of No Filter Neha. The 50 yer old star that during the filming of Omkara, the director Vishal Bharadwaj came up with the idea of scrapping a page of the script and replacing it with a dramatic scene featuring Khan, naked in front of a mirror. Saif said, “Vishal Bharadwaj is a lovely director and it was a really clever scene because there’s this bit in Omkara where I had this one page of dialogue… And he said ‘Listen I think this scene is too talky and this is cinema so we can do all this without any lines”.
Bharadwaj then suggested that Khan should stand naked in front of a shattered mirror in the dark for dramatic effect. Khan’s response was, “listen, you and Tassaduq (director of photography) stand there with me naked while you direct me and I will stand there naked. I don’t mind, I’ll do it” before going to say “if you’re not going to be naked then why should I be naked”. Although this might seem like a fair deal, Vishal and Saif both kept their clothes on and the scene was scrapped. Khan has now confessed that he regrets not doing it as he “would’ve been the first butt of Bollywood on screen”.