Why Saif Ali Khan is not in the same league as other Khans?

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Q. Why Saif Ali Khan is not in the league of other khans as he proves himself by playing different kind of roles with much ease? – Harsh.

A. Saif doesn’t have the same mass-appeal that the three top Khans command. None of his solo-films have opened well at smaller mass-dominated centres.

Even though he made his debut with Parampara in the same year (1992) as Shahrukh Khan, the turning point in his career came in 2004 when he delivered his first solo-hit. Not many are aware of this, but Saif was Aditya Chopra’s first choice to play the lead in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a film that he rejected.

His personality and choice of films could be the other two reasons why he doesn’t quite have the same appeal as the three Khans.

Having said that, the Khan surname doesn’t guarantee success. Quite a few actors like Fardeen Khan, Zayed Khan, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan – just to name a few – have faded away quickly.

Saif has been in the industry for more than 2 decades now and has created a niche for himself. He is still one of the Top 10 stars in the industry – way ahead of Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and others.

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  • @indicine:how come saif is way ahead of john abraham. He is only “ahead”. But not “way ahead”.

  • Honestly,
    biggest star of bollywood based upon popularity,
    1.salman khan/SRK
    2.salman khan/SRK
    3.amir khan
    4.hrithik roshan
    5.akshaya kumar
    6.ranbir kapoor
    7.ajay devgn
    8.saif ali khan
    9.shahid kapoor/ranveer singh
    10.john abraham

    based upon fan following,

  • Ques: Why Saif Ali Khan is not in the league of other khans as he proves himself by playing different kind of roles with much ease?

    Ans: The question is wrong in the first place.The Khans are not known for playing different kinds of roles but box office performance of their films.Salman mostly does masala type of films while srk sucks in comedy and Aamir depends on great scripts.But it is the box office where the khans are khans.Now it is mostly impossible for a salman or srk starrer to flop or lose money
    And as said by indicine,saif is a multiplex star but even at the multiplex,he doesn’t have that stardom Aamir or srk or even Ranbir enjoys there
    And Saif shouldn;t do a massy film,otherwise they will continue to be disasters

  • Very good question i personally feel his choice of movies in 90’S is a major reason for this . If i remember only some of his performances have been appreciated in 90’S such as Aashiq awara, Yeh Dillagi, Kachche Dhaage etc. But after DCH he has improved a lot as an actor . He has given some brilliant performances in DCH, Hum tum, KHNH, Parineeta, Race and Aarakshan . Also he has been successful at the box office after Hum tum but not consistent . But honestly he is a better actor than Salman, John, Emraan . I feel Saif, Akshay and Ranbir are equals with Akki being a slightly ahead of both according to me .

    • @Saksham, both Akshay and Ranbir are way ahead of Saif Ali Khan. Akshay has a huge following in mass-centres and Ranbir is huge in cities.

      @Nipun, Saif’s highest solo grosser – Cocktail (75 cr) and Love Aaj Kal (68 cr). As for John, even if we include Shootout At Wadala, which was a multistarrer, his highest grosser is 55 cr. Rest are below 45.

  • Hrithik Roshan is the man who used to gave a tough fight to khans when its come to box office? Is nt it?

  • @saksham:emmi is a nice actor. But he hasn’t got any skilled role so far. However,agreed dat saif is better than sallu n john in acting.

  • According to articles published by leading newspapers,news channels,bollywood channels,bollywood websites and Wikipedia suvcesful films of saif are-yeh dillagi,main khiladi tu anari,hum sath sath hai,dil chahta hai,kal ho na ho,hum tum,salaam namaste,parineeta,race,cocktail,love aaj kal,race2 No. Of hits -12,no.of failures-36,success as main lead-7,success rate-25%.saif is surely among the top stars of Bollywood but if he delivers 2 more back to back flops them he won’t find himself in top 14 because of consistent success of arjun,varun,aditya,sushant,siddharth while ranveer is already ahead of him.

  • @indicine:yes, saif is ahead. But definitely not way ahead. We can say khans,hr,akki r way ahead of john.
    Btw,madras cafe n bullet raja also did same kinda bussiness,i guess.

  • How did you put Ranbir behind Hr and Akki? Did you forget about Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani? Even Besharam had a bigger opening day than Krrish 3. And Barfi did 135 crore solely based on Ranbir’s sweet performance. Wait for Bombay velvet and Jagga jasoos, you will get your answer.
    The list should be

  • @saksham Saif , Ranbir and Akki are equals? Lmao
    As per Acting
    As per popularity
    As per box office

  • @nipun
    Watch Shanghai,one of Emraan’s best…along with OUATIM…
    As For Saif,he can’t be anyone’s fav. actor..coz i have not seen a single saif fan on indicine,he might be 2nd or 3rd fav. actor of many.

  • @nipun
    Akki is ahead of HR in terms of fan following…he has very good hold on mass centres..
    Acc. to Acting talent:

  • @nipun yes ,, i m a nice actor. I have got many hits but i m not working with yrf and dharma thatzwhy i m underrated. I have got 2 bb in murder 2 , tdp and raaz3. And got about 10 – 12 hits.. I m doing hollywood film white lies …

  • Acc. to fan following:

  • Saif picked up in terms of performances and movie selection in 2001 only. Before that he chose wrong movies, was no actor, slotted as effeminate looking goofy sidekick to macho heroes like Akshay, Salman, Ajay. His appeal is limited and record is too chequered.

  • @indicine babaji is talking about fan following not box office

    Wasn’t active for sometime and someone was misusing my ID.
    Anyway just saw the trailer of its entertainment,hope Akshay sir and Tamannah(the 2 Bhatias) become a hit pair more than Akshay sir and Katrina

  • @indicine
    But that list of mine is acc. to fan following..and i don’t think aamir and RK have better following than akki..
    What you have listed is very true acc. to boxoffice collections.

  • My ques:
    With debutant Tiger shroff’s Heropanti releasing tomorrow,can any debutant’s film today be the highest grosser of the year,like HR’s KNPH and Salman’s MPK?
    If no,Why?

  • Saif is a way better than SRk, Salman, Hrithik and many others. his acting is so natural he can do all the roles romance, comedy, action, good or even evil he always rock. but unfortunatly he is not belong to bollewood. a film like go goa gone if it was in hollewood it will do much better. it was really good and hellarious

  • and why he is not in the same league of the other khans… simply because this is what you grow up from 2 decades, he proved himself many times but people in india can’t change their mind it is SRK Salman and Amir only no matter what

  • Saif is a multiplex star.. he is huge but doesnt possess a fanfollowing.. Like babajee said he is 2nd or 3rd fav of everyone..
    I just loved him in race n LOVE AAJKAL.. I became his fan after watching race.. Watched it quite a couple of times..also LAK is one of ma fav. Romcoms..
    Saif shd follow aamir’s path of perfection as I too guess aamir is here in this industry bcoz of his works not popularity.. Only shahrukh n salman are the most popular stars followed by Akshay n hrithik n nowadays to an extent ranbir

  • Indicine I think John abrahm replace shahid from 10th place, except r…rajkumar what he has currently? john delivered Race 2, big hit, definately he deserve credit as my openion he perform btr than saif in race2, saw, madras cafe both average nd semi hit, while shahids Ppnh flop, R…rajkumar Hit, mausam flop… John shud be 10th contender in list for top 10 b.town actors… I’m not John fan but its Fact

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