Saif Ali Khan has most recently been in the media for his controversial statements regarding Pakistan and Hafiz Saeed. Saif Ali Khan’s latest movie Phantom caused an uproar and furor in Pakistan, for depicting the country as a safe haven for terrorists.
In a recent interview, the actor stated that he was upset at the reaction that the movie had received in Pakistan and also said that he did not want to be typecast as someone who was anti-Pakistan.
“I don’t know if I should say this but I was upset with the action in Pakistan and how upset they’re getting and I seem to have become the face of “anti-Pakistan feeling.” This, I’m a little concerned about. Because my politics is the last thing that should become the question and for sure not against the people of Pakistan, I have absolutely nothing, except goodwill and hope that we manage to fix our problems,” Saif said.
Though Phantom did not open up to rave reviews, the Kabir Khan directorial did well at the box office and minted more than Rs 30 crores since its release last Friday. Saif Ali Khan’s recent releases have not been well received with the public, hence the actor was happy though not overjoyed, at the response that it had received.
“We have been doing this from a while. There are a lot of people involved. I want everyone to be happy first, I am pleased and relieved, but I never think that I have been much of a person who jumps up and down,” he said.
Saif also said he had avoided revealing during promotions, that the movie was only a mission film, if the India-Pakistan element from it was extracted.
“It’s (Phantom) a mission film quite simply. If you take the India and Pakistan element out of it – I didn’t want to say this during the promotion – but it’s actually a very simplistic mission film. The political element has given it some controversial edge.”
Isn’t it like the function of films and plays, also to create scenarios, which actually didn’t happen. That’s what we studied catharsis is – where you watch it and imagine, what might have happened,” said the actor.