Sodium Pentothal, Kareena Kapoor in a never-seen-before avatar and a quintessential Hindi film hero — Saif Ali Khan on why ‘Agent Vinod’ will impress frontbenchers and more.
Saif Ali Khan is now re-surfacing in the news for stuff he usually likes to be known for – – acting, and movies. The one picture up for viewing at present is ‘Agent Vinod’. When Khan started out with his own production company, Illuminati Films, he was quite the rising star after top-lining a bunch of films as varied as the rom-com ‘Hum Tum’ (for which he won a National Award), coming-of-age films ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’, an adaptation of Othello by Vishal Bhardwaj (‘Omkara’), and edgy crime thrillers (‘Ek Haseena Thi’ and ‘Being Cyrus’). But the industry was still largely sceptical about Khan.
Even as he was fast earning a reputation as an actor who could throw up delightful surprises he cast himself in the role of an independent producer. Call it his serendipitous streak or a nose for sniffing out the right script and business partner in Dinesh Vijan, Khan landed a hit in his maiden production, ‘Love Aaj Kal’, a contemporary rom-com helmed by Imtiaz Ali. And it signalled to the industry that the newly-minted producer was here to stay.
About two and a half years later, Khan’s Illuminati Films is back with not one, but two films – -‘Agent Vinod’, up for release this week and ‘Cocktail’ (tentative title) a July release. There is also a Zombie flick, ‘Go Goa Gone’ in the pipeline helmed by directors Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru that will see Khan in a guest appearance.
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