Sacred Games actor, Saif Ali Khan who received Padma Shri in 2010, says he was hesitant to accept and even wanted to return it.
On a recent episode of Arbaaz Khan’s chat show Pinch, Saif was taken through some ‘mean tweets’ about him.
One of them read: “This two-bit thug who bought a Padma Shri, named his son Taimur and beat up some people in a restaurant. How the hell did he get a role in ‘Sacred Games’? He can hardly act.”
This is how the actor reacted to the tweet.
“Two bit thug, I’m not… Bought a Padma Shri is also not possible. It is beyond me to bribe the Indian government. You will have to ask more senior people. But I thought I don’t want to accept it. There are so many senior actors in the industry who deserved it even more than me, and had not gotten one…and it was very embarassing. And of course, there are some people who have it, I feel deserve it less than me also.”
Saif Ali Khan also revelead that he changed his mind after talking to his father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
“I wanted to give it back. I didn’t want to accept it. My father said to me, ‘I don’t think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government.’ So I said ‘okay’ and I very happily took it.
Saif made his debut in OTT platforms with ‘Sacred Games’ where he played the role of Sartaj Singh who he on a hunt to solve the mysterious case of an underworld Don ‘Ganesh Gaitonde ‘ played by Nawaazuddin Siddiqui.
The makers have recently announced that season 2 of Sacred Games will be out soon.
Saif was also asked about another nasty troll tweet which questioned him on “being a nawab and still clinging on to rotten ‘hukumat'”.
And this is what Saif had to say:
“I have never been interested in being a nawab. I prefer eating kebabs.”
Saif is busy shooting for sacred Games 2 in south Africa along with co-star Nawaazuddin Siddiqui, kalki koechlin , Ranveer Shorey and pankaj tripathi.
Saif had a candid conversation with Arbaz on the show where he also talked how his surname was changed from Pataudi to Khan, He said , “In 1971 Indian captaincy was abolished and that’s when my father changed his signature from Pataudi to Mansoor Ali Khan.
Saif Ali Khan received the fourh highest civilian honour, Padma Shri from the then President Pratibha Patel in 2010.