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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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