By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Chote nawab Saif Ali Khan is a true-blue gentleman.
Apparently, when former girlfriend Rosa Catalano recently returned to India post their break-up, she approached Saif for financial help which he arranged without a second thought.
A source close to Khan says, "When Rosa came back to India a few weeks ago, she sent feelers through a common friend that she needed financial help to set up home here.
Saif quietly arranged for the finance, including the deposit amount and initial rent for the flat that Rosa wanted to live in, and sent it across to her.
That's Saif for you; always acting on impulse and emotion."
When asked about it, Saif says bluntly, "I have no comments to make on this. It's none of anybody's business what I do."
He'd rather talk about his next release, Siddharth Anand's Tara Rum Pum Pum.
He narrates a small incident about how the child artist Ali Haji (who plays his son in the film) motivated him to complete shooting when he wasn't keeping well.
"Children have tremendous energy and know their lines so well.
They are more professional than most adult actors, including myself. One day, it was damp and raining and I was feeling unwell.
I didn't know that Ali too had fever as he had been shooting all day, so I told Sid that I wanted to go home.
That's when Siddharth told me, 'How can you go home when this little kid is still shooting?' That was a lesson to me.
So I waited for Ali to go home before leaving," says Saif, who plays Rajveer Singh, a racecar driver in Tara Rum Pum Pum.
Talking about his role in the film, Saif says, "I took some driving lessons here and also in the USA before starting the shoot.
Driving on a fast track is very different to driving on ordinary roads. It was pretty scary the first time, as I took a bend at 120 miles an hour around the track.
It takes some guts to believe that you can take a spin at that speed and the G-force is crushing.
Even the instruments on the panel are crooked because your head is constantly crooked while driving! It's quite intense, but it was a lot of fun."
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