Saif Ali Khan, who was honoured with the Padma Shri, India’s highest civilian award back in 2010, says he wanted to return the award.
Recently, Saif Ali Khan appeared on Arbaaz Khan’s talk show Pinch and was taken through some mean tweets about him.
On the tweets red, "This two bit thug who bought a Padma Shri, named his son Taimur and beat up some people in a restaurant. How the hell did he get a role in Sacred Games? He can hardly act."
Being a sport, as always, Saif responded by saying, "Two bit thug, I'm not... Bought a Padma Shri is also not possible. It is beyond me to bribe the Indian government. You will have to ask more senior people. But I thought I don't want to accept it. There are so many senior actors in the industry who deserved it even more than me, and had not gotten one...and it was very embarassing. And of course, there are some people who have it, I feel deserve it less than me also."
Saif also revealed that he changed his mind after speaking to his father, the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi - who told him that he’s not “in a position to refuse the Indian government.”
"I wanted to give it back. I didn't want to accept it. My father said to me, 'I don't think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government.' So I said 'okay' and I very happily took it,” Saif said.
The actor added, "I look at it in a way that I hope in time...cause I'm not done yet and I'm enjoying acting, I'm doing fairly well, I'm happy with what's happening... I hope in time, when I look back and people look at it, they will say, 'Okay, I think he deserves an honour for the work he has done.”
Another tweet questioned Saif’s outfit choice (simple white kurta pajama) at Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s wedding.
"It was her wedding, not mine," Saif responded.
A troll also questioned him on "being a nawab and still clinging on to rotten 'hukumat'".
Witty and humorous, Saif said, "I have never been interested in being a nawab. I prefer eating kebabs."
On the work front, Saif Ali Khan will be next seen in the second season of Scared Games