10Saif Ali Khan
Today, Saif Ali Khan is known as one of the finest actors in Bollywood. If after Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, any other Khan who is considered to have made his mark in the business of cinema is none but our Chote Nawab. Over the years, Saif has worked assiduously on his acting chops and added a lot of sheen to his work. Despite being the son of an amazing actress, Sharmila Tagore, and the late legendary cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, his beginning in tinsel town was not a smooth one. It took him years and loads of hard work to prove his worth as an actor. But once his glorious period started there has been no looking back since then.
In 1991, Saif Ali Khan signed Rahul Rawail’s romantic film ‘Bekhudi’ (1992) to make his acting debut alongside debutante Kajol. But he was dropped from the film after the first shooting schedule, reason being his unprofessionalism, as cited by makers. He then debuted with the Yash Chopra directorial ‘Parampara’ in 1993, where he played Aamir Khan’s estranged brother. Yash Chopra had become a cinematic virtuoso by 90s as most of films he had directed prior to ‘Parampara’ were great box office hits. So, people expected his new directorial would also spell the same magic at the ticket window. But ‘Parampara’ bombed and Saif’s dream of debuting with a successful movie was shattered. But the actor did not lose hope did another film, ‘Aashiq Awara’ in the same year and took home the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his terrific performance in the film. After ‘Aashiq Awara’, Khan went on to appear in several films such as ‘Imtihaan’ (1994), ‘Yeh Dillagi’ (1995), ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ (1994), ‘Surakshaa’ (1995), ‘Bambai Ka Babu’ (1996), ‘Tu Chor Main Sipahi’ (1996), ‘Hamesha’ (1997), ‘Udaan’ (1997), ‘Keemat’ (1998) ‘Humse Badhkar Kaun’ (1998), ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’ (1999), ‘Kachche Dhaage’ (1999), ‘Aarzoo’ (1999) and ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain’ (1999). But his breakthrough role came with Farhan Akhtar’s coming of age film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001). The movie marked a major turning point in his career, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role. His movie ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2003) is considered a landmark in his career. The 2004 romcom film ‘Hum Tum’ turned out to be his biggest solo success and earned him National Film Award for Best Actor. Since then the actor has starred in a number of critically and financially successful films including ‘Parineeta’ (2005), ‘Omkara’ (2006) and ‘Love Aaj Kal’ (2009), to name just a few. His upcoming projects include ‘Rangoon’, ‘Chef’ and ‘Bazaar’.
TRIVIA: He had quit smoking after the mild heart attack in February 2007.