Saif's talent was acknowledged long back; the actor has delivered sparkling performances in films like Kal Ho Naa Ho, Ek Hasina Thi, Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, Being Cyrus, Omkara and Eklavya. But Race has consolidated and cemented his status as a star with tremendous pull.
Although Saif is yet to penetrate into deeper pockets like SRK or Akshay, Saif is a certified crowd puller at bigger centres and at multiplexes specifically. Also, he has worked his way up in the Overseas territory. Race, his new release, is his second biggest opener in several international markets, after Kal Ho Naa Ho [this writer has the international data to substantiate the statement]. Way to go!