New Delhi: Bollywood's dashing 'chhote nawab' Saif Ali Khan is ready with his new venture 'Phantom' starring Katrina Kaif in the lead opposite him. The film has been directed by Kabir Khan and has hit the screens on August 28, 2015.
The actor was recently quoted as saying that "People often ask single actresses when they are getting married. I heard that with Kareena a lot and now I am going through the same with Katrina (Kaif) in press conferences. It's dangerous because when you are working in Bollywood sometimes it can impact your career negatively".
Saif, 45, feels such is the focus on their private life that sometimes not enough importance is given to the career achievements of the heroines.
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"Marriage and other things happen at the right time. I just find it a strange mindset that people want to know about their marriage date and if they are married then about their baby plans. It seems nobody is happy with them being professional and talking about their work."
Saif, whose "Agent Vinod" was also banned in the neighbouring country, says it is a "shame" to ban the film. "It's something new that Kabir is trying to do in all his films. But obviously, it's going to upset few people. But it's not against the people of Pakistan. It is only against the masterminds of 26/11. I don't know why it's banned. It's a shame," he said.
The actor said he is against "any kind of killing and violence". "Terrorism is a terrible thing... No body should hurt innocent people," he said.
"Phantom", which was announced much before Kabir's last outing "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", took a little time to arrive in theatres and Saif blames it on the multiple shooting locations.
"Kabir shot 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' in a restricted time period... But our film involved many locations and action scenes. We were also waiting for a right time to release the film because timing plays an integral part."
The National-award winning actor is happy that he finally got the chance to work with the Kabir after missing the director's previous movies -- "Kabul Express" and "New York".
"Kabir is an amazing person. I am really fond of him. He is very controlled and patient. He is very intelligent and creates a brilliant atmosphere to work in. He goes to exciting locations and places the camera in very rugged locations. You can trust him with the graphics and the action."
The film will see Saif once again in the action avatar and the actor credits his wife for his fitness for the role. "There were exercise routine and diet. The action scenes were somewhat similar like 'Agent Vinod' and I did rehearsals for this kind of movies. Kareena is fitness minded and she is a good inflence in the house."
(With PTI Inputs)