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Not playing safe: Saif Ali Khan on rom-com genre

After the failure of “Bullett Raja” and “Humshakals”, Saif Ali Khan is back to his home turf with a rom-com film “Happy Ending”. But the actor insists that he is not playing safe by opting for the genre.

Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan. Pic/Santa Banta

“I believe there is no such thing as playing safe. If people see me in a repetitive role they will find it boring,” said the actor, who was in the capital for the film's promotion.

However, Saif feels that audiences appreciate the risk taken by an actor by opting for a different film.

“Audiences don't blame you for trying. They see that you have tried something new and have pushed the envelope. In fact, media also respects it as I believe the press plays an important role in policing several things including art. They can tell you if you are making something rubbish,” the actor added.

Saif was seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia's “Bullett Raja” as a gangster, whereas in Sajid Khan's “Humshakals” he tried his hand at comedy. However, the plan backfired as the films failed to ring in cash at the box office.

The 44-year-old, who looked casual in a yellow shirt and a red pajama with a cap, says the success of his films like “Cocktail” and “Race 2” drove him to take chances and experiment with new roles.

“I had two hits -- 'Race 2' and 'Cocktail' -- so I thought let me try and do different things. I was like let me do Tigmanshu's 'Bullett Raja' which has a rustic role, has action. And also do a comedy which the whole India will enjoy and I was like 'lets have fun with Sajid',” he said.

“India is in expansion mode with an attitude that 'stop portraying old things and stereotypes'. I believe anything regressive will get abused and it should be,” Saif added.

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