Saif Ali Khan On 19 Years Of Parineeta: It Was Something Different For Me | EXCLUSIVE

saif ali khan on 19 years of parineeta: it was something different for me | exclusive

saif ali khan on 19 years of parineeta: it was something different for me | exclusive

Pradeep Sarkar’s Parineeta was memorable on many counts. For Saif Ali Khan it brought out the Bengali side of his personality. In an exclusive conversation with Zoom, the versatile actor talked about the film in brief, which was released on June 10, 2005.

Saif said, “I loved connecting with the Bengali side of me and getting to act in a screen version of a Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel. It was a mature and strong role. Something different for me …and so well shot! Pradeep da took special care of me and made me feel like a star. I got great reviews. It was a lovely time.”

Parineeta also gave Saif a chance to feel close to his mother Sharmila Tagore. “We shot in Old Kolkota and the same train my mum shot Mere sapnon ki rani (Aradhana) on," he quipped. I’m doing a film with Priyadarshan and he told us. “I’m thinking of Parineeta. So it meant a lot, and still does."

The film also gave Saif a chance to bring out the musician in him. He added, “I played the guitar and piano and treated the instruments like a precessional. It was great fun. Priyan talks about Parineeta to me. It makes me happy. Pradeep Sarkar made a period film look natural and modern. Vidya Balan was lovely to work with and very very sweet. Dada really pushed her to excel. Parineeta was such an important film to me for so many reasons. It broke a certain image and allowed me to play the lead with a very different energy.”

Recalling Pradeep Sarkar’s directorial skills, “Dada only shot my left side because he loved that profile! He encouraged the Bengali side in me to be more artistic.”

Saif is filled with admiration at Pradeep Sarkar’s mise-en-scène, he concluded, “His framing and design were beautiful. You had the feeling you were working in proper cinema: artistic, beautifully lit. His face would light up with childlike joy when you delivered something good.”

Saif feels the hallmark of a classic is its durability. “Films like Omkara and Parineeta still resonate with makers. Koratala Siva wants to channel my Omkara role and go one level further in Devra.”

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