Saif Ali Khan gearing up for digital show Tandav along the lines of House of Cards

Updated: Oct 10, 2019, 07:30 IST | Sonil Dedhia | Mumbai

After the noir thriller Sacred Games 2, Saif Ali Khan gears up for his next web series with director Ali Abbas Zafar

Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan

When his peers were big-screen bound, Saif Ali Khan uninhibitedly forayed into the digital space with Sacred Games. A year and two editions of the Netflix original later, the actor is now gearing up for another digital offering — Tandav with director Ali Abbas Zafar.

"It is a show based on politics and is set on a massive scale. I don't want to use American examples, but it's along the lines of House Of Cards, [albeit] set within the framework of Indian politics. The plot takes into account various factions like Dalit politics and UP cops and the whole nexus between them," explains Khan, who will be seen essaying the role of a politician for the first time in his career. "My character is Chanakya-like, in the guise of a youth leader who comes from a privileged background and [aspires to] become the Prime Minister."

Sacred House of Cards
(From left) Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House Of Cards; A still from Sacred Games 2 

Even as he is open to exploring more opportunities on the web, Khan is aware that the latest season of Sacred Games — the show that started it all for him as well as Indian OTT — failed to replicate the success of its opening edition. A common complaint of the viewers was the series' languid pace. "I didn't like the second season as much as the first," the actor admits, displaying his signature candour. "The first season was the most interesting thing I had ever seen on television from any country, especially Kubbra's [Sait] Cuckoo track and how she went on to do frontal nudity. The love story between Ganesh Gaitonde [Nawazuddin Siddiqui's character] and Cuckoo was phenomenal, as was the way sex was treated between them. For me, the way she played the character put the show into a league of its own."

Ali Abbas
Ali Abbas Zafar

While the first season was designed as a race-against-time thriller with Khan's Sartaj Singh driving the narrative, many felt that the second edition — directed by Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan — took on a more esoteric tone. "Many people said that they loved the first season, but felt that we lost the plot with the [track of] Guruji [Pankaj Tripathi's character]. The open-ended climax didn't go down well with the audience, although I liked it."

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Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan: How they met and fell in love
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    As Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary today - October 16, 2019, we bring you a recap of the couple's love story.

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    After 13 years of being married to first love Amrita Singh, and then dating Rosa Catalano for three years post his divorce, Saif and Kareena began seeing each other in 2007.

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    Before falling for Chhote Nawab, Bebo was in a steady relationship with Shahid Kapoor, from 2004 to 2007. It was during the filming of 'Jab We Met' that they parted ways. Ironically, the Imtiaz Ali film had them playing lovers, and went on to become a huge hit.

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    Stories of the Saif-Kareena linkup began while the two were shooting for Yashraj Films' 'Tashan' in Ladakh and Rajasthan. They worked together in 'Omkara' as well, but sparks flew on the sets of 'Tashan They were spotted outside a club in Bandra together back in 2007-2008 which sparked off rumours of an affair.

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    Although Saif Ali Khan received his share of criticism for leaving his kids (Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan) and family, he maintained that he is genuinely in love with Kareena Kapoor.

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    On the other hand, Kareena Kapoor, who used to be quizzed by the media more than once about her relationship with Saif, always reiterated that destiny brought them together, and that, for her, Saif is the best.

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    Ever since they began dating, Saif and Kareena have made no pretensions about their relationship. The couple had walked hand-in-hand at the premiere of Ranbir Kapoor's debut film Saawariya.

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    Kareena Kapoor supported Saif Ali Khan wholeheartedly during the controversy at Taj Hotel, when a businessman alleged that the Nawab had punched him.

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    Though Saifeena became one of the most loved couples in B-town, they could never translate the same into on-screen success. The pair has acted in films like 'Tashan', 'Kurbaan' and 'Agent Vinod', all of which tanked at the box office.

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    Saif professed his undying love for Bebo by tattooing 'Kareena' (in Devnagri script) on his arm back in 2008.

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    After innumerable media speculations over the D-day, Saif's mother Sharmila Tagore revealed in July in 2012, that the much in love couple would get married in October. The couple tied the knot on October 16, 2012.

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    Saif and Kareena tied the knot in 2012, but unlike other Bollywood marriages, theirs was a private and secret affair attended by only close family and friends. Saif and Kareena have bonded really well with each other's families and have been each other's pillars of support during testing times.

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    The couple is often seen partying holidaying and together and give serious relationships goals to their fans. Kareena Kapoor has broken the stereotype of actresses not working post marriage. Kareena, in fact, worked in several films after her marriage, some of which went on to become blockbusters. Saif is a supporting partner and unlike most of the other celebs, who want to confine their spouses to the homes.

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    Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor's first child Taimur Ali Khan was born in December 2016. Kareena has bonded well with Saif's kids with Amrita - Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Khan. 

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    Here's wishing the lovely couple a lifetime of happiness!

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