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'I thought I would look like an idiot'

July 25, 2006
Saif Ali Khan has one of the most interesting characters in Vishal Bharadwaj's Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello. It explains why his co-stars, Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu, would rather have his role!

Saif plays Langda Tyagi, a man compelled by jealousy to hurt the people closest to him. The National Award-winning actor tells Patcy N more. Excerpts:

I was shooting for Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Eklavya, which is similar to Shakespeare's Hamlet. My mother (Sharmila Tagore) called and we were speaking about Shakespeare when she casually mentioned I should do Othello. I soon found out that Vishal Bharadwaj was adapting it and wanted to meet me. I was surprised by the coincidence.

Vishal wanted me to play Iago. I wasn't sure about doing a negative role because films are about selling dreams and being larger than life. When you can be a hero, why play something designed to upset people? He then narrated the first scene, and I heard the language. I felt it would be a challenge to place a Western theme in a rural setting.

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