The talented actor who was in the news for his controversial web series ‘Sacred Games’ turns 48 today. Son of actress Sharmila Tagore and cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Khan made his acting debut in Yash Chopra’s unsuccessful drama Parampara, but achieved success with his roles in the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi and the action film Main Khiladi Tu Anari .
After a string of flops such as Kaalakandi and Chef, Saif made a spectacular return to form with Netflix show Sacred Games. The show has not only garnered great reviews but has also booked future seasons. Directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, the show had Saif as a cop, Sartaj Singh.
On his special day, let’s see top 5 controversies he was involved in
1. Blackbuck poaching case
Saif is involved in an ongoing poaching case in which he is accused of having incited actor Salman Khan to hunt endangered blackbuck and chinkara deer while both were filming Hum Saath Saath Hain in Rajasthan in the year 1998. Co-stars Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Tabu are also accused with Saif. Salman has been charged under the Wildlife Protection Act and is currently being tried in separate cases of poaching.
2. Padma Shri Saif Ali Khan
Saif’s Padma Shri, which he received in 2010, was called into question by RTI activist S C Agrawal. Mr Agrawal filed a complaint with the Union Home Ministry on March 14, 2014 demanding that the actor be stripped of the award as a Mumbai court had framed charges against him for alleged assault.
3. Hotel Brawl
Saif is also involved in a case of alleged assault. He is accused of having hit NRI businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma n February 22, 2012 at a restaurant in Mumbai’s Taj Hotel after an altercation
4. Walked out from DID
In 2014, Saif walked out of the DID L’iL Masters 3. It seems Saif was annoyed with the non-functional air conditioning on the sets of the dance reality show and took refuge in his vanity van.
5. Signing Amount
The Bollywood actor was roped in for Reema Kagti’s next alongside Kangana Ranaut. Saif was slated to play the role of a womaniser in the untitled project. However, something went wrong and the actor walked out of the film. Actor was paid Rs 2 Crore as the signing amount and has not returned the sum after backing out of the project. The filmmakers have filed a complaint against Saif at the Association Of Motion Pictures and Television Program and Producers