By Subhash K Jha
Here are 10 things you should know about Saif Ali Khan whose film Phantom has just been released:
1. Phantom is the third film of Saif Ali Khan where Pakistan has been named as a terror-harbouring state. Kurbaan and Agent Vinod, both featuring Saif’s wife Kareena, did not work at the box-office.
2. It’s Katrina Kaif for Saif in Phantom. The two were together in Race. But Saif’s character didn’t much fancy her in Race. There’s no telling about tastes.
3. Before Phantom, director Kabir Khan offered New York to Saif. But Saif was busy with Kurbaan which was almost identical. He declined New York.
4. Saif had worked with Kareena Kapoor in Omkara. But they actually fell in love during the Ladakh location shooting of Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Tashan. Kareena returned to Mumbai and broke off with Shahid. The couple has never looked back since then.
5. The couple plans to start a family together after they move into the home that they’ve built together.
6. Saif is very close to Kareena’s sister Karisma. Karisma turns to her brother-in-law for advice on all important matters.
7. Saif was married to Amrita Singh for 13 years. It is said that Kareena Kapoor attended Saif’s wedding with Amrita. She was 10 years old then.
8. Kareena has been in more 100-crore films than Saif. In fact, Saif has not been in a single 100-crore film yet while Kareena has crossed the coveted 100-crore hurdle with Ra.One, 3 Idiots, PK and now Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
9. Now that Kabir has provided Kareena with her fourth 100-plus score film, would he be able to get her husband into the elite 100-crore club with Phantom?
10. Curiously, Phantom is Saif’s first literary adaptation since Parineeti. While Parineeti was based on Saratchandra Chatterjee’s classic, Phantom is based on journalist Hussain Zaidi’s contemporary novel Mumbai Avengers. Saif plays a character named Daniel. And that was the original title of the film.