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Saif Ali Khan
Saif at 2015 Stardust.jpg
Khan at the Stardust Awards in 2015
Born Sajid Ali Khan
(1970-08-16) 16 August 1970 (age 45)
New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Amrita Singh (m. 1991; div. 2004)
Kareena Kapoor (m. 2012)
Children 2
Parent(s) Mansoor Ali Khan
Sharmila Tagore
Relatives See Pataudi family

Saif Ali Khan (pronounced [ˈsɛːf əˈli ˈxaːn]; born Sajid Ali Khan on 16 August 1970)[1] is an Indian film actor and producer. The son of actress Sharmila Tagore and the late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Khan has established himself as one of the most popular actors of Indian cinema.[2] He has won several awards, including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award, in 2010.[3]

Khan made his acting debut in Yash Chopra's unsuccessful drama Parampara (1993), but achieved success with his roles opposite Akshay Kumar in the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi and the action film Main Khiladi Tu Anari (both 1994). Khan's career prospect declined through much of the 1990s, and his biggest commercial success of the decade came with the ensemble drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). He rose to prominence with roles in two ensemble comedy-dramas—Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). The 2004 romantic comedy Hum Tum proved to be Khan's first success in which he played the solo male lead, and his role won him the National Film Award for Best Actor.

By 2005, Khan had established himself as a leading actor of Bollywood with starring roles in the drama Parineeta and the romantic comedy Salaam Namaste. He went on to earn wide critical praise for his portrayal of an apprentice in the 2006 English film Being Cyrus, a character based on William Shakespeare's antagonist Iago in the 2006 crime film Omkara and a terrorist in the 2009 thriller Kurbaan. Khan's greatest commercial success came with the 2008 thriller Race and its 2013 sequel, the 2009 romance Love Aaj Kal, the 2012 romantic comedy Cocktail, and the 2015 counter-terrorism drama Phantom.

Divorced from the actress Amrita Singh with whom he has two children, Khan has been married to the actress Kareena Kapoor since 2012. In addition to film acting, Khan is a frequent television presenter, stage show performer and the owner of the production company Illuminati Films.

Early life and background

Khan was born on 16 August 1970 in New Delhi, India. He is the son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, a former captain of the Indian cricket team and the titular Nawab of Pataudi from 1952 until 1971, when the remuneration (privy purses) and privileges of the princes were abolished by the Government of India and official recognition of their titles was ended.[4] Khan is of Bengali Tagore ancestry on his mother's side.[4][5][6][7] His paternal ancestors came to subcontinent during the times of the Lodhi dynasty.[8] His paternal grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, eighth Nawab of Pataudi, played cricket for England and after 1947 for India as the captain of the team.[4] His paternal grandmother was Sajida Sultan, Begum of Bhopal and his paternal great-uncle was Sher Ali Khan Pataudi, who served in British Indian Army, and after moving to Pakistan, following the Partition of India, became a general in Pakistani army. Khan's mother is Sharmila Tagore (also called; Begum Ayesha Sultana), a film actress who converted to Islam before marriage to his father, and the head of the Indian film censorship board.[9] Khan has two sisters, one of whom is actress Soha Ali Khan who is married to Kunal Khemu .[10]

Khan studied at the Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh[11] then in England at Lockers Park School, Hertfordshire, and Winchester College.[citation needed] Khan married actress Amrita Singh in October 1991. After thirteen years of marriage and two children (daughter born in 1993, and son born in 2001), the couple divorced in 2004. The children live with their mother.[12]

On 22 September 2011 Khan's father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi died.[13] To please the sentiments of some residents of the village Pataudi of Haryana, a pagri ceremony was held which symbolically installed him as the tenth Nawab of Pataudi; however, the princely title has had no official recognition since 1971.[14] The pagri ceremony was attended by the incumbent Chief Minister of Haryana.[14]

Acting career

1991–2000: Debut, breakthrough and career struggles

In 1991, Khan was cast as the male lead in Rahul Rawail's romantic drama Bekhudi (1992) alongside debutante Kajol, but after completing the first shooting schedule of the film, he was unceremoniously dropped and replaced by Kamal Sadanah.[15] The following year, he debuted in Parampara, a drama directed by Yash Chopra. The film tells the story of two estranged brothers (played by Aamir Khan and Khan) and failed to find a wide audience.[16] He next appeared opposite Mamta Kulkarni and Shilpa Shirodkar in the box office flops Aashiq Awara and Pehchaan (both 1993) respectively,[16] but Khan earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance in Aashiq Awara at the 39th Filmfare Awards.

Salman Khan in a conversation with Saif
Pictured with co-actor Salman at an event for World Aids Day in 2007, with whom he co-starred in the ensemble drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999)—Khan's biggest commercial success of the decade

Following an appearance in the moderately successful drama Imtihaan (1994),[17] Khan starred in and earned public recognition with his next two releases opposite Akshay Kumar: Yash Raj Films' hit romantic drama Yeh Dillagi and the action film Main Khiladi Tu Anari. Yeh Dillagi was an unofficial remake of the 1954 Hollywood film Sabrina, and narrated the story of a chauffeur's daughter (played by Kajol) who becomes a model and engages in a love triangle between two brothers (played by Kumar and Khan).[18] Main Khiladi Tu Anari (the second film in the Khiladi series) featured Khan as an aspiring actor and emerged as the fifth highest-grossing film of the year.[17] Bollywood Hungama reported that the success of both films proved a breakthrough for Khan, and his performance in Main Khiladi Tu Anari fetched him his first Best Supporting Actor nomination at the annual Filmfare Awards.[17][19] Khan found no success in his next two releases of the year: the dramas Yaar Gaddar and Aao Pyaar Karen, and his career prospect declined through much of the 1990s. All nine films in which he starred—Surakshaa (1995), Ek Tha Raja (1996), Bambai Ka Babu (1996), Tu Chor Main Sipahi (1996), Dil Tera Diwana (1996), Hamesha (1997), Udaan (1997), Keemat: They Are Back (1998) and Humse Badhkar Kaun (1998)—were critically and commercially unsuccessful.[16] Critics generally perceived at this time that his career was over.[15][19]

After four consecutive years of poorly received films, Khan's career prospects began to improve in 1999; he appeared in four films: Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, Kachche Dhaage, Aarzoo and Hum Saath-Saath Hain.[20] The romantic comedy Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan (alongside Twinkle Khanna) and the romance Aarzoo (alongside Madhuri Dixit and Akshay Kumar) earned little at the box office, but the action-thriller Kachche Dhaage (a story about two estranged brothers becoming the target of a terrorist conspiracy) was Khan's first commercial success since Main Khiladi Tu Anari.[21] Directed by Milan Luthria, the film was generally well received but critics noted that Khan was overshadowed by co-actor Ajay Devgan.[22] The feature, however, earned Khan a Best Supporting Actor nomination at Filmfare. Khan described his final release of the year, the Sooraj Barjatya-directed family drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain, as a "morale-booster".[23] The film featured an ensemble cast (Mohnish Behl, Salman Khan, Tabu, Karisma Kapoor and Sonali Bendre) and emerged as the highest-grossing film of the year, earning over 800 million (US$12 million) worldwide.[21][24] During the filming of Hum Saath-Saath Hain, Khan was charged with poaching two blackbucks in Kankani along with co-stars Salman, Tabu, Bendre and Neelam Kothari.[25] That year, he also appeared briefly in one of the year's biggest hits, the David Dhawan-directed comedy Biwi No.1.[21]

The drama Kya Kehna from director Kundan Shah was Khan's only release of 2000, in which he played the casanova Rahul Modi. Co-starring alongside Preity Zinta and Chandrachur Singh, Khan compared the portrayal of his character with his own evolving maturity to a father.[26] The film addressed themes of single parenthood and teenage pregnancy and emerged a sleeper hit.[27] Rediff.com wrote, "Khan has a negative shade to his character here and he handles it quite well."[28]

2001–04: Rise to prominence

Saif Ali Khan posing with Aamir Khan
Khan with co-actor Aamir Khan at an event for Dil Chahta Hai in 2001

In 2001, Khan appeared in Eeshwar Nivas' box office flop Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega,[29] (a film loosely inspired by the 1996 black comedy Fargo)[30] followed by Farhan Akhtar's National Film Award-winning Dil Chahta Hai alongside Aamir Khan and Akshaye Khanna. Depicting the contemporary routine life of Indian affluent youth, it is set in modern-day urban Mumbai and focuses on a major period of transition in the lives of three young friends.[31] Khan played Sameer Mulchandani, a "hopeless romantic", and was particularly drawn to the qualities of his character.[32][33] Dil Chahta Hai was popular with critics and emerged a moderate box-office success in India;[29] it performed well in the big cities but failed in the rural areas, which was attributed by critics to the urban-oriented lifestyle it presented.[34] The feature marked a significant turning point in Khan's career,[15] earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and awards for Best Supporting Actor at the Screen, Zee Cine and International Indian Academy (IIFA) ceremonies. The critic Taran Adarsh described him as "excellent" and argued that it was his "career-best performance".[35] Rediff.com wrote that Khan was able to rise above his "under sketched character" due to "his radiant screen presence and his almost perfect sense of comic timing".[36]

Following an appearance in two poorly received films: Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) and Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002),[29][37] Khan played a photographer in the second chapter ("No Smoking") of Prawaal Raman's anthology ensemble thriller Darna Mana Hai (2003). The film failed to find a wide audience and earned little at the box office.[38] Bollywood Hungama described his next film, the Nikhil Advani-directed romantic drama Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), as a "landmark" in his career.[39] Set in New York City, it was written by Karan Johar and co-starred Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta. With a worldwide revenue of over 860 million (US$13 million), the film was received favourably by critics, and became India's second-biggest hit of the year.[40] It also did well internationally and became the highest-grossing film of the year overseas.[40] Khan who portrayed the role of Rohit Patel—a carefree young man who falls in love with Zinta's character—was cast in the project after Advani had seen his performance in Dil Chahta Hai.[41]

Writing for Outlook, Komal Nahta described Khan as a "natural" and "extremely endearing", further arguing that the film "proves yet again that he is an actor who needs to be taken seriously".[42] The critic Taran Adarsh opined that he "manages to stand on his own despite towering performances" by Shah Rukh and Zinta.[43] Khan garnered several awards for his performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, and expressed gratitude to Shah Rukh for teaching "me so much—mainly the responsibility of the main lead". He explained that the film's success led to Yash Raj Films casting him in the 2004 romantic comedy Hum Tum.[44] At the end of the year, he appeared briefly as Cpt. Anuj Nayyar in J. P. Dutta's four-hour war epic LOC Kargil. The film flopped at the box office,[38] but a review in The Times of India noted that Khan was one of four actors (along with Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan and Manoj Bajpayee) to stand out among the ensemble.[45]

In an attempt to not get typecast and broaden his range as an actor, Khan starred as Karan Singh Rathod in the thriller Ek Hasina Thi (2004) someone who he described as "a Charles Sobhraj-meets-James Bond kind of a guy". The film (which marked the debut of Sriram Raghavan) tells the story of a young woman (played by Urmila Matondkar) who meets with Khan's character, and is subsequently arrested for having links with the underworld. When Khan was initially offered the project, he was unable to do it due to his busy schedule.[32] However, he agreed when Raghavan approached him for the second time, and in preparation for the role, exercised extensively for a period of six months to achieve the physical requirements of his character.[32] Upon release, the film was positively received by critics, with Khan's performing earning praise. Film critic Anupama Chopra wrote that Khan gave "an accomplished performance", whilst The Deccan Herald opined that he was successful in "break[ing] out of the cool dude stereotype" and "hold[ing] his own in a movie that is completely Urmila's."[46][47] For his performance, Khan received nominations at the Screen, Zee Cine and IIFA ceremonies.

Saif Ali Khan receiving award from A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Pictured with Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (left) at the 52nd National Film Awards in 2005 where Khan won the Best Actor award for Hum Tum.

For his next release, Khan featured in a starring role opposite Rani Mukerji in Kunal Kohli's Hum Tum, a romantic comedy about two headstrong individuals who meet at different stages of their lives. He was cast in the role of Karan Kapoor (a young cartoonist and womaniser) after the director "realised that the role needed a younger man [...] someone who could present a more youthful picture."[48] With a worldwide revenue of 426 million (US$6.3 million), the film proved one of the biggest commercial successes of the year[49] and Khan's first success in which he played the solo male lead.[48] Rediff.com wrote about his performance: "Saif reprises his urbane self from Dil Chahta Hai and Kal Ho Naa Ho, peppering it with occasional fits of introspection and angst, and marking himself as an actor whose time has come."[50] He won the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role and was conferred the National Film Award for Best Actor at the 52nd National Film Awards among much controversy.[51] It marked the beginning of his work with Yash Raj Films, one of the largest production houses in Bollywood.[52] In 2004, Khan began dating model Rosa Catalano who he separated with three years later.[53]

2005–10: Awards success and professional expansion

In 2005, Rediff.com published that Khan had established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema with starring roles in the drama Parineeta and the comedy-drama Salaam Namaste.[54] An adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 1914 Bengali novella by the same name, Parineeta was directed by Pradeep Sarkar, and narrated the love story of an idealist (Lalita, played by Vidya Balan) and a musician (Shekhar, played by Khan), the son of a capitalist businessman.[55] Prior to being cast, the film's producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra was initially reluctant in casting Khan as the male protagonist because he felt that "I could not manage it".[56] After much deliberation, Chopra was persuaded by Sarkar who felt that Khan was perfect for the role.[57] The film garnered critical acclaim upon release and Khan's portrayal earned him his first Filmfare nomination for Best Actor. Derek Elley from Variety wrote, "Khan, who has gradually been developing away from light comedy, again shows smarts as a substantial actor."[55] Siddharth Anand's Salaam Namaste became the first Indian feature to be filmed entirely in Australia[58] and went on to become the year's highest-grossing Bollywood production outside of India with worldwide ticket sales of 572 million (US$8.5 million).[59] The film tells the story of a contemporary cohabiting Indian couple and their subsequent struggle with an unexpected pregnancy. Khan played the role of Nikhil Arora, a single modern young man who leaves India to make his own life in Melbourne. The critic Taran Adarsh praised Khan for delivering his third successive performance[60] and Khalid Mohamed noted that he "rescues several untidily written scenes with his neat wit and that flustered [...] facial expression."[61]

He next played the protagonist in the English language art film, Being Cyrus (2006), co-starring alongside Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia. Directed by debutant Homi Adajania, the psychological drama revolves around a dysfunctional Parsi family with who Khan's character moves into. The film received predominantly positive reviews, and Khan was particularly praised.[62] Later in the year, he portrayed the character of Iago in Omkara, the Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare's Othello. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the film is a tragedy of sexual jealousy set against the backdrop of the political system in Uttar Pradesh.[63] The film premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was also selected for screening at the Cairo International Film Festival.[63][64] Omkara was received positively by critics, and Khan went on to receive major acclaim earning the awards for Best Performance in a Negative Role at the Filmfare, Screen, Zee Cine and IIFA ceremonies; his performance was later included in the 2010 issue of the "Top 80 Iconic Performances" by Filmfare.[65] Variety described it as a "powerhouse performance" and wrote that "[i]t is Khan's movie through and through, in a performance of rugged, contained malevolence which trades on his previous screen persona as a likable best friend as well as his stint as the manipulative outsider in Being Cyrus. It is smart casting, superbly realized."[66]

By 2007, Khan was keen on branching out into film production to "explore various genres of commercial and intellectually stimulating cinema".[67] The critical success of Being Cyrus led him to create Illuminati Films and partner up with producer Dinesh Vijan, someone who he shared a "like-minded perspective and ideology [...] with regard to cinema".[67] Khan next reunited with producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra in the epic drama Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007), alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sharmila Tagore and Vidya Balan. Set in the state of Rajasthan during the early years of Indian independence, the movie revolves around a jealous and ungrateful ruler who will not let his wife die in peace because she is uttering the name of Eklavya. Although the film did not succeed at the box office,[68] it was chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars.[69] The Full Hyderabad described Khan's performance of Harshwardhan as "sombre and understated," played with a "brooding and contemplative sensibility."[70] Following an appearance in the poorly received action-comedy Nehlle Pe Dehlla, (a production that had been delayed since 2001)[71][72] Khan featured opposite Rani Mukerji in the family drama, Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007). Directed by Siddharth Anand, it received mixed reactions from the critics but earned over 690 million (US$10 million) in India and abroad.[73] Writing for Hindustan Times, Khalid Mohamed praised Khan for displaying a new maturity[74] but Rajeev Masand thought that neither he nor Mukerji "are able to make much of an impression because their characters are so unidimensional and boring."[75]

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan being interviewed
Khan with wife Kareena Kapoor at the 53rd Filmfare Awards in 2008

Khan received further success in 2008, starring in the Abbas-Mustan thriller Race with an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy. The feature was loosely adapted from the 1998 American film Goodbye Lover,[76] and became one of the biggest box office hits, earning 1.03 billion (US$15 million) worldwide.[77] CNN-IBN's Rajeev Masand found Khan to be a standout among the ensemble, adding that he has "the least dialogue but the one who makes the best impression".[78] This was followed by three projects produced by Yash Raj Films: the action-thriller Tashan, the fantasy-drama Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, and the animated film Roadside Romeo, all of which were not successful.[79]

In 2009, Khan appeared in the romantic drama Sanam Teri Kasam, a production that had been delayed since 2000. The film garnered negative reviews and poor box office returns.[80] Khan's role was small, and not well received.[81] He next released his company's first project: Love Aaj Kal (2009), a romantic drama from the writer-director Imtiaz Ali. Featured opposited Deepika Padukone, the film documented the changing value of relationships among the youth, and had Khan play the younger part of Rishi Kapoor's character (Veer Singh) and Jai Vardhan Singh, an ambitious architect. Love Aaj Kal received mostly positive reviews by critics and became one of the highest-grossing films of the year, earning over 1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide.[77] A review in The Economic Times described his performance as "refreshing natural" and "outstanding".[82] At the 55th Filmfare Awards, the feature was nominated for Best Film and Khan received an additional nomination for Best Actor. He then starred in the dramatic thriller Kurbaan, alongside Kareena Kapoor and Vivek Oberoi. Produced by Dharma Productions, the film marked the directorial debut of Rensil D'Silva and featured Khan in the role of a terrorist. Upon release, Kurbaan was received favourably by critics and Khan's performance was critically acclaimed. A review in The Telegraph praised his "easy transition from a charming lover to a heartless man on a deadly mission"[83] and the critic Taran Adarsh noted that the film helped display his versatility once again.[84] Khan did not make any screen appearances in 2010.

2011–14: Commercial fluctuations and second marriage

In 2011, he appeared in Prakash Jha's multi-starrer drama Aarakshan. Set in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, the film deals with the policy of caste-based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.[85] Khan portrayed the character of Deepak Kumar, a rebellious student who joins the mafia. To prepare for the role, Khan was required to take acting workshops along with the rest of the cast.[86] Prior to its release, the film was banned from releasing in select cities across India due to its controversial subject.[85] While the film received a mixed critical reaction, his performance was generally well received.[87] The following year, Khan produced both of his films. For his first release, he collaborated once again with director Sriram Raghavan, as the protagonist in the action thriller Agent Vinod. Khan described it as his "most ambitious project",[88] but the film opened to mixed reviews and eventually under-performed at the box office grossing 400 million (US$5.9 million) in India on a budget of 620 million (US$9.2 million).[89]

Saif Ali Khan posing with Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty
Khan with co-stars Deepika Padukone (left) and Diana Penty at an event for Cocktail in 2012

In his following release, Homi Adajania's romantic comedy Cocktail, he featured as the software engineer Gautam Kapoor. Set in London, the film follows the story of Khan's character and his relationship with two temperamentally different women—an impulsive party girl (Veronica, played by Deepika Padukone) and a submissive girl next door (Meera, played by Diana Penty). Khan described the project as "a love story with a modern sensibility and treatment", and agreed to produce and feature in the film after his role was declined by Imran Khan.[90] Critics were divided in their opinion of the film,[91] but it emerged a financial success grossing over 1.2 billion (US$18 million) worldwide.[77] Gaurav Malani of The Times of India described Khan's performance as "effortless" and noted that he was in his "comfort zone".[92] On 16 October 2012, Khan married actress Kareena Kapoor (after a five-year courtship) in a private ceremony in Bandra, Mumbai, and a reception was later held at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Lutyens Bungalow Zone in Mumbai and Delhi respectively.[93] In a blog published by The Wall Street Journal, Rupa Subramanya described the marriage as India's "wedding and social event of the year".[94]

The following year, Khan collaborated with Deepika Padukone for the fourth time (alongside Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ameesha Patel) in Abbas-Mustan's Race 2 (2013), an ensemble action thriller that served as a sequel to the 2008 film Race. The film received predominantly negative reviews from critics,[95] but with a total collection of 1.62 billion (US$24 million), it proved to be a commercial success and his highest-grossing film to date.[77] He was next cast as the "Russian mafia don",[96] Boris in Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.'s Go Goa Gone (a film described as "India's first zom-com")[97] alongside Kunal Khemu and Vir Das. Khan, who bleached his hair for the film, was particularly drawn to the project for its novel concept and its "action, comedy and violence".[98][99] The critic Rajeev Masand described the film as "a winning cocktail of laugh-out-loud dialogue and well-timed performances by the three leads", and in particular noted Khan's scene with Khemu's character.[97] His final release of the year was Bullett Raja, a crime drama directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, and co-starring Jimmy Shergill and Sonakshi Sinha. Khan explained that he found himself challenged playing the role of Raja Mishra (a common man who turns into a gangster) but "totally relied" on the director's guidance.[100] Bullett Raja earned little at the box office and received predominantly negative reviews. Writing for Firstpost, Mihir Fadnavis found Khan to be "miscast" and described his performance as "farcial".[101]

In an interview with The Times of India, Khan explained that he regretted starring in the 2014 Sajid Khan-directed comedy Humshakals.[102] Co-starring alongside an ensemble cast (Ritesh Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Tamannaah and Esha Gupta), Khan portrayed three different characters in an attempt to "expand my market" and "step out of his comfort zone".[102] The Hindustan Times described it as a "dim-witted comedy" and criticized Khan for being "the worst thing about [the film]."[103] He next produced and featured in Happy Ending (2014), a romantic comedy directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. NDTV's Saibal Chatterjee found Khan's character of a struggling writer to be "a breezy rejig of his Hum Tum and Salaam Namaste persona of a decade ago", and noted that "the many collegiate hook-ups and break-ups he pulls off in Happy Ending do not look completely at odds with the film's purpose."[104] Both Humshakals and Happy Ending underperformed at the box office.[105]

2015–present: Recent work

Following a brief appearance in the comedy Dolly Ki Doli (2015), Khan appeared alongside Katrina Kaif in Kabir Khan's counter-terrorism drama Phantom (2015). Based on the book Mumbai Avengers by Hussain Zaidi, the film is a retelling on the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.[106] Khan was cast as Cpt. Daniyal Khan, a former soldier hired by the RAW agency. Phantom generated controversy when the Central Board of Film Censors deemed that the film represented Pakistan in a negative light and banned the film from releasing there.[106] A review in The Hollywood Reporter noted that Khan was "well cast" and "believable" in his role,[107] and Rachit Gupta of Filmfare described his performance as "a heady mix of bravado and restrained intensity [which] works in parts only."[108] The film became an economic success grossing 844 million (US$13 million) worldwide.[109][110]

As of July 2016, Khan has completed filming the part of a filmmaker in Rangoon, a romantic drama set during World War II, co-starring Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut, which marks his second collaboration with Vishal Bhardwaj.[111] He is currently co-producing and working on an untitled project by Akshat Verma, and has also committed to play the lead role in the Indian remake of the 2014 comedy-drama Chef.[111][112]

Other work

In 2005, along with other Bollywood stars, Khan performed at the HELP! Telethon Concert to help raise money for the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[113]

Khan took part in two major world tours. He was part of a troupe that included Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal and Priyanka Chopra, which went on the Temptations 2004 world tour.[114] Two years later, he toured again, participating and performing in the Heat 2006 concert around the world, along with Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and Celina Jaitley.[115]

In 2006, Khan appeared along with various other Bollywood actors at the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, as part of a performance showcasing Indian culture along with Rani Mukerji, and Aishwarya Rai on behalf of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi.[116]

Filmography and awards

Selected filmography

Awards and nominations

Among Khan's film awards are a National Film Award for Best Actor[51] and six Filmfare Awards out of nine nominations:[117] Best Male Debut for Aashiq Awara (1993), Best Performance in a Comic Role for Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Hum Tum (2004), Best Supporting Actor for Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Best Performance in a Negative Role for Omkara (2006) and the "Moto Look of the Year" for Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).

See also

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