In a recent interview with film-journalist Mayank Shekhar, Saif Ali Khan got candid and revealed many new things about his life. Saif made his Bollywood debut with the 1993 film Parampara, two years after his wedding to Amrita Singh.
"Yashji called to say he was looking for a fourth lead or something. I was like, great; yeah, anything. I'll do it. It's like an investment in stock if Yash Chopra is taking him in Parampara, [the industry believes] let's invest in this. For me, it was as simple as, this has to work. There's nothing else. That focus was required. And taught to me, and I inculcated," he added.
The actor credited his wife for his success and Saif admitted that 'Amrita was the only person who taught him to take his work seriously and said you can’t hit the target while laughing at it.' Talking about 'Dil Chahta Hai', Saif said that he was 'asking everyone how to play the role of Sameer, and then Amrita asked him to do his own thing,' which is what helped him making it one of the most loved characters of Bollywood.
The actor also opened up about the assumptions that he inherited the magnificent Pataudi Palace from his father. He said, "People have a certain fixed notion. For that matter, even [with] Pataudi [palace], when my father [Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi] died, it got rented to Neemrana Hotels. Aman [Nath] and Francis [Wacziarg] used to run [the hotel]. Francis passed away. He'd said that if I wanted [the palace] back, I could let him know. I said that I want it back. They held a conference, and said, okay, you have to give us lots of money!" He continued, "The house I'm supposed to have inherited has been earned back through money from films. You can't live off the past. At least we can't in our family, because there was nothing. There is history, culture, beautiful photographs; and, of course, some land. It has been a privileged upbringing. But there's been no inheritance."
Saif Ali Khan then compared the two seasons of Sacred Games and said that the first one was "like one of the best things we ever had" while the second one "was a little disappointing." He told The Quint, "The first season was outstanding, it was like one of the best things we ever had. It's got nominated for an Emmy, it's a proper show. The second season was a bit of a let-down, I was wondering why it's called Sacred Games, and it's because there's that guru in it, now I know (laughs). Now I'm joking about it."