Saif Ali Khan was recently seen in the historic drama, Tanahji: The Unsung Warrior. It also starred, Ajay Devgn and Kajol in lead roles, while the film has been doing great on Box office and is about to cross the Rs 150 crore mark, Saif Ali Khan is getting trolled for his concept of India in history.
Saif during an interview with Anupama Chopra, referring to Tanhaji's history alteration said, "I don't think this is history. I don't think there was a concept of India till the British gave it one." The conversation started about Tanhaji's politics and alteration to history in the film.
Anupama asked if it made him change his mind of playing the character, Saif said, "For some reason, I didn't take a stand. Maybe next time I would. I was very excited to play the role because it's a delicious role. But when people say this is history, I don't think this is history. I am quite aware of what the history was."
He then added, "I don't think there was a concept of India till perhaps the British gave it one. I don't think there is really any constructive point in arguing about loudly, provided you yourself know why you're doing it."
The comment on India's existence in History has set off many fans on Twitter. Some even went as far as to remind the actor, 'Indian Ocean is named since 1515'. Take a look:
There was no concept of India till British came - says #SaifAliKhan the history buff or buffoon who does not know that— Moon C (@mchand7) January 19, 2020
East India Co estb in 1600
Columbus went discovering India in 1492
Indian Ocean is named since 1515
Jab british ke aane tak india ka concept hi nhi tha to unhone "east india company" ka naam kiske naam par rakha tha, koi pooche saif aur anupama se 🙄— Yamini Chaturvedi (@yaminichatur) January 19, 2020
East India Company was formed in 1600. What "India" were they referring to? The perils of publicly parading one's ignorance...— N Natarajan (@NNatarajan2) January 19, 2020
Saif Ali Khan is right in saying there was no concept of India before the British came.— Imtiaz Mahmood (@ImtiazMadmood) January 19, 2020
Concept of Pakistan though is 1400 years old.
Columbus was looking for Pakistan and found America.
Then they changed history books.
~ PM Imran Khan
Saif is also gearing up for the release his Rom-Com Jawaani Jaaneman, co-starring Alaia Furniturewalla and Tabu. The film will hit the screens on January 31, 2020.