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In the wake of the ongoing #MeToo movement, Saif Ali Khan says that there are people who are married and still call pretty girls to their Bungalow. The actor also feels that the work environment in the industry should be safe for girls and there should be some guidelines. He told a leading daily, "I am not friends with a single person who would do it. I will be very shocked and surprised if a friend of mine was named. It is disgusting. I have never liked any kind of bullying but I know this is something that people do."
The actor further added, ''There must be people who have wife and kids at home, but, on meeting a pretty girl, would say, 'Come to my bungalow later...' Work environment has to be safe. There should be some guidelines. If somebody came to me saying this was happening to them in my company, we would address that."
Talking about his latest release in which he is playing the role of a business tycoon, Shakun Kothari, Saif said, "I liked the idea. It was all about where we draw the line to go up. How far would you go, how would you change as a person, and when you reach there, do you find it all worthwhile? I think it is one of the loveliest roles I ever did. Also, we have dramatised my character, making it a bit mythological, so there is a bit of Mahabharata kind of feeling. I am shown doing terrible things while being very pious and praying to god. I liked that touch.''
Saif was not quite convinced about his character and look, and the team re-worked it. "Earlier it was a fat, dirty guy who has lost his hair, he is nasty, coarse, chewing pan parag. But it was a well-written role and something juicy to perform," says Saif adding, "Look, I didn't even like leaving the house anymore ever since I had this young kid (his son Taimur) who I love. I wanted to be home, I wanted to watch him. But this script made it worthwhile."
When asked about his negative character in Ajay Devgn's Taanaji, he revealed, "Some of these antagonist roles are much more interesting. It doesn't matter what the morality of the character is. What you do as an actor should be exciting, like this aggressive, cruel streak my character has in Baazaar. People do offer me a lot of grey roles, and I find them interesting. Of course, playing a good guy can also be interesting. For example, my Sacred Games role was of such a straight guy that the reaction was sympathy for the poor chap. Grey shade is interesting to play but it is very difficult to impress people.''
"I am an actor, so I cannot remain in the safe zone. I must entertain people, but I must be willing to take risks to the point that it is right and not in excess. For me, my instinct is important. I cannot be dependent on hits and flops. I know how to do my job, I know how to say my lines, do action sequence, some films will work and some won't, that's the chance you have to take. But yes, films have to make money with the right budget and I am not chasing some magic number," says Saif.