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Saif Ali Khan couldn't become Bollywood's 4th Khan. And we are happy about that

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Sacred Games, the Netflix crime drama series, has a remarkable sequence. Two men are sitting by the seashore. One of them is a Sikh cop, Inspector Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan). The other person is his loyal junior colleague, Constable Katekar (Jitendra Joshi).

As they enjoy a few moments of tranquility, Singh starts wondering where so much ‘kachra’ (garbage) comes from. Clearing up makes no difference, he says, because the sea deposits a thousand kilograms of garbage on the shore every day.

Drawing a parallel with crime, Singh adds that the police nab wrongdoers every day and go back home. But crime inevitably returns the very next day.

Singh is an overweight, frustrated Sikh policeman. As Sacred Games progresses, his story becomes increasingly complex.

That Saif Ali Khan has played the character with restraint and sensitivity is an important reason why the web series is consistently watchable.

An enviable variety: Saif Ali Khan's career has been all about coming out of a comfort zone. (Photo: DailyO imaging)

One of the most versatile star-actors in the business, Saif has now signed up to play the antagonist in Om Raut’s 17th century period drama, Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior. The film stars Ajay Devgn as Tanaji Malusare, a Marathi military leader and trusted commander of Shivaji.

Saif is reportedly playing Udaybhan Rathod, the Rajput fort keeper in charge of the Sinhagad fort (then known as Kondhana fort) on the outskirts of Pune, which was under Mughal control. The Maratha army captured the fort after a fierce battle, but Tanaji succumbed to injuries.

Apart from the period film, for which preparations have reportedly started, Saif will be seen in Navdeep Singh’s Hunter, a revenge drama in which he is playing a Naga sadhu. He has been photographed with a long beard, kohl-rimmed eyes and artificial dreadlocks, which has given rise to considerable curiosity,

The actor hasn't experienced box office success in recent times. However, he must be reasonably happy because of Sacred Games and a couple of recent films.

Saif Ali Khan knows how to be starry, but also how to shed the baggage of stardom. (Photo: Still from Kal Ho Na Ho)

He was outstanding as an unscrupulous Gujarati tycoon, who made his millions by buying and selling shares, in Gauravv K Chawla’s Baazaar (2018). In Akshat Verma’s freewheeling film Kaalakandi, also released in 2018, he played a terminally ill man diagnosed with stomach cancer, who sets out to explore........

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