Saif Ali Khan Biography


Birthday: August 16, 1970 (Leo)

Born In: New Delhi, India

Saif Ali Khan is an Indian film actor who came into prominence after appearing in the film ‘Dil Chahta Hai.’ Although he has played several roles in films of various genres, he is best known for playing prominent characters in romantic comedy films. After making his debut in an unsuccessful film titled ‘Parampara,’ he went on to achieve success with commercially successful films like ‘Yeh Dillagi,’ ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari,’ and ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain.’ His performances in films like ‘Dil Chahta Hai,’ ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho,’ ‘Hum Tum,’ ‘Omkara,’ and ‘Parineeta’ earned him several awards, including the prestigious ‘National Film Award’ for ‘Best Actor.’ One of the highest-paid actors in Bollywood, Saif has shown his versatility in films like ‘Ek Hasina Thi,’ ‘Parineeta,’ ‘Being Cyrus,’ and ‘Omkara.’ Saif takes interest in many things other than films, and is known to converse well on any given topic—from philosophy to politics and from books to music. Based on his income and popularity, he was featured on Forbes India's ‘Celebrity 100’ list for five consecutive years. The UK magazine ‘Eastern Eye' has also featured him in their ‘World's Sexiest Asian Men’ list on three occasions.

Quick Facts

Indian Celebrities Born In August

Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Kareena Kapoor (m. 2012), Amrita Singh (m. 1991–2004)

father: Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

mother: Sharmila Tagore

siblings: Saba Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan

children: Ibrahim Ali Khan, Sara Ali Khan, Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi

Born Country: India

Actors Indian Men

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Males

City: New Delhi, India

More Facts

education: Winchester College

awards: Padma Shri
Filmfare Awards
National Film Award for Best Actor

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    What are some popular movies of Saif Ali Khan?

    Some popular movies of Saif Ali Khan include "Dil Chahta Hai," "Omkara," and "Hum Tum."

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    Has Saif Ali Khan won any national awards for his acting?

    Yes, Saif Ali Khan has won a National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie "Hum Tum."

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    What is Saif Ali Khan's approach to preparing for his roles in movies?

    Saif Ali Khan is known for his methodical approach to preparing for his roles, often immersing himself in the character and the script.

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    Is Saif Ali Khan involved in any philanthropic or social causes?

    Yes, Saif Ali Khan is actively involved in philanthropic activities and has supported various causes related to education, healthcare, and children's welfare.

Childhood & Early Life
Saif Ali Khan was born Sajid Ali Khan on August 16, 1970, in New Delhi, India, to actor Sharmila Tagore and her cricketer husband Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. Mansoor was a former captain of the Indian cricket team. Saif has two younger sisters, Saba and Soha. His sister Soha is also an actor.
He attended ‘The Lawrence School, Sanawar’ in Himachal Pradesh, India, for a few years before he was sent to ‘Lockers Park School’ in Hertfordshire, UK, at the age of nine.
After graduating from ‘Winchester College’ in the UK, he returned to India. He then received an offer to model for ‘Gwalior Suitings,’ post which he started hogging the limelight. He was also cast in a film. Though the film did not see the light of day, it encouraged him to pursue a career in acting.
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Saif Ali Khan was excited to relocate to Mumbai and start his career in the film industry. However, he was initially termed as ‘arrogant’ and ‘unprofessional’ by his directors. In 1991, he was cast as the lead in ‘Bekhudi’, but was soon replaced by another actor due to his ‘unprofessionalism.’
In 1993, director Yash Chopra cast him in ‘Parampara.’ Unfortunately, the film failed at the box office. His next two films ‘Aashik Awara’ and ‘Pehchaan,’ both released in 1993, proved to be average hits.
Saif hit the bull’s eye in 1994 with films like ‘Yeh Dillagi’ and ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari.’ Subsequently, he was recognized by the industry and the media as a bankable actor.
In the next four years, nine of his films were critically and commercially unsuccessful. By the end of the 1990s, his career was in dire straits, and the critics had written him off.
However, the year 1999 proved to be a successful year for him, and his career prospects began to improve. While films like ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’ and ‘Aarzoo’ became average hits, ‘Kachche Dhaage’ was his first major commercial success. He then landed a role in ‘Hum Saath-Saath Hain’ which became a major box office hit.
His movie ‘Kya Kehna,’ which released in 2000, was a hit. His portrayal of a negative role in the film was termed as the ‘sunny and bright’ side of the movie by the critics.
In 2001, the coming-of-age comedy drama ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ proved to be a breakthrough film in his career. Critics applauded his acting and termed him a talented actor. The film received the ‘National Film Award’ for ‘Best Feature Film in Hindi.’
The 2003 romantic film ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ was marked as his ‘landmark’ film. It was a globally successful film, and Saif’s performance was critically acclaimed.
In 2004, he had another hit film to his credit—‘Hum Tum’—where he showed his acting skills by delivering a strong performance. To avoid being typecast, he took up a negative role in the thriller ‘Ek Hasina Thi.’
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In 2005, his role in ‘Parineeta’ garnered critical acclaim. The same year, he was cast in ‘Salaam Namaste’ which became a box office hit.
His role in the film ‘Being Cyrus’ in 2006 earned him critical acclaim. The same year, his portrayal of ‘Ishwar Tyagi’ in the film ‘Omkara’ was applauded by the critics.
In 2007, he appeared in the epic film ‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard,’ which was selected as India's official entry to the ‘Oscars.’ Thanks to his performance in the film, his growth as an actor was discussed once again.
He tasted success with the release of the 2008 thriller ‘Race,’ which was one of the biggest hits that year. His acting skills were once again praised by the critics and fans alike.
In 2009, he established his production house ‘Illuminati Films’ with producer Dinesh Vijan. Its first production was ‘Love Aaj Kal’ which had Saif in the lead. It was a major commercial and critical success. He then played the role of a terrorist in ‘Kurbaan,’ which did not do well commercially. However, Saif’s performance in the film was critically acclaimed.
‘Aarakshan,’ a controversial film which released in 2011, earned him critical acclaim. In the film, he played the role of a rebellious student. In 2012, he produced his film ‘Agent Vinod’ which did not perform well at the box office. His next production ‘Cocktail,’ which starred him in the lead, was a financial success.
After a few unsuccessful films between 2012 and 2015, and a year-long absence from acting in 2016, he decided to play a negative role in ‘Rangoon’ in 2017. Although the film was not received well, his performance was praised.
In 2017, his performance in ‘Chef’ received positive reviews. However, the film did not perform well at the box office.
The following year, he played ‘Sartaj Singh’ in the critically acclaimed thriller web series ‘Sacred Games’ on ‘Netflix.’ His portrayal of ‘Sartaj Singh,’ a troubled policeman, earned him rave reviews. After a successful first season, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered in 2019.
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Meanwhile, two of his films, ‘Kaalakaandi’ and ‘Baazaar,’ released in 2018. Both the films failed to impress the critics as well as the fans.
In 2019, he was cast to play ‘Gossain’ in the epic action drama film ‘Laal Kaptaan.’ Not only did the film fail at the box office, it failed to impress the critics as well. The following year, he played ‘Udaybhan Singh Rathore’ in a biographical period action film titled ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.’ The film went on to become a box office success, grossing more than ₹300 crore.
Major Works
Saif Ali Khan’s performance in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was praised by the critics. After his performance in ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho,’ he was described as "natural" and "extremely endearing."
His performance in ‘Ek Hasina Thi,’ where he played a negative role, was praised by the critics. His performances in films like ‘Being Cyrus’ and ‘Omkara’ were also praised by the critics.
Awards & Achievements
In 1994, Saif Ali Khan earned the ‘Filmfare Award’ for ‘Best Male Debut’ for his performance in ‘Aashik Awara.’ He also received the ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor’ nomination for ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ in 1995.
In 2000, ‘Kachche Dhaage’ earned him a ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor’ nomination. In 2002, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ earned him the ‘Filmfare Award’ for ‘Best Performance in a Comic Role.’ He also received the ‘Star Screen,’ ‘Zee Cine,’ and ‘International Indian Academy’ awards for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
In 2004, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ earned him several awards, including the ‘Filmfare Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’ For ‘Hum Tum,’ he won the ‘Filmfare Award’ for ‘Best Performance in a Comic Role’ in 2005. He was also given the ‘National Film Award’ for ‘Best Actor.’
For his role in ‘Omkara,’ he won the ‘Filmfare,’ ‘Star Screen,’ ‘Zee Cine,’ and ‘IIFA’ awards for ‘Best Performance in a Negative Role’ in 2007.
Personal Life
Saif Ali Khan married actor Amrita Singh on October 1991, and their daughter Sara was born in 1995. In 2001, they were blessed with a son whom they named Ibrahim. Saif and Amrita got separated in 2004. In the same year, he started dating model Rosa Catalano, but they got separated after three years.
Saif was crowned the tenth Nawab of Pataudi in 2011.
After several years of courtship, he married actor Kareena Kapoor on October 16, 2012. Their courtship and subsequent marriage received media attention. Their son Taimur was born on December 20, 2016.
Facts About Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan is a voracious reader and has a personal library with several books, covering a wide range of genres.

He is an avid collector of watches and has a diverse and impressive collection of timepieces.

Saif is a skilled chef and enjoys experimenting with different cuisines in his kitchen.

He is fluent in multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Bengali, showcasing his linguistic abilities.

Saif Ali Khan is known for his love of travel and has explored various destinations around the world, immersing himself in different cultures and experiences.

Saif Ali Khan Movies

1. Dil Chahta Hai (2001)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

2. Mausam (1975)

  (Romance, Musical)

3. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (2020)

  (Action, Biography, Drama, History)

4. Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)

  (Drama, Romance, Comedy)

5. Omkara (2006)

  (Drama, Crime, Action, Thriller, Romance)

6. Ek Hasina Thi (2004)

  (Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Drama)

7. Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001)

  (Romance, Musical)

8. Badlapur (2015)

  (Crime, Thriller, Action, Drama)

9. Love Aaj Kal (2009)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

10. Parineeta (2005)

  (Musical, Romance, Drama)

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