In an exclusive chat with mid-day, Saif Ali Khan opened up on his relationship with father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and mother Sharmila Tagore

You might think that Saif Ali Khan, son of actress Sharmila Tagore and cricketer Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi had a very easy early life. However, that’s not the case. Saif had his share of ups and downs in his career right from his early years. Saif studied at The Lawrence School in Himachal Pradesh and later was enrolled at Winchester College in London. His parents expected him to pursue education from reputed institutions like Oxford but that did not happen.

The Sacred Games actor, in an exclusive interview for mid-day’s special segment, Sit with Hitlist, spilled beans on his struggle and his relationship with his parents. He said, “So I went to a really academic, school — the oldest in England — Winchester. The idea [of being there] was obvious. You go to Oxford [or a similar place] thereafter. That hadn’t worked out. I was in the black books of my parents, what with Delhi, partying and Ghungroo. I was getting scared. Because there was nothing I was interested in.”

Saif, who is married to Kareena Kapoor and has a two-year-old son Taimur Ali Khan said that it was his father who sent him to an advertisement agency to get a job because he was partying a lot. “My father sent me to an ad agency to get a job, because I was partying a lot. In Ghunghroo [discotheque at Delhi’s Maurya Sheraton]. It was fantastic. My father put me on a bus to an ad agency in Sunder Nagar. One of my jobs was to make religious calendars for Birlas. The only creative [call] was whether we should put Lord Vishnu in October, or November. I soon lost interest!”

“Honestly the way my upbringing was, the kind of life I’d had, or lack of confidence — I wasn’t a cinematic figure, in terms of being shot in photos. I was effeminate, coy, shy, unsure, worst qualities for a actor in Bombay”, the Agent Vinod actor said.

On the work front, Saif was last seen in the Laal Kaptaan. The actor played the role of a Naga Sadhu who is on a hunt and chase for his revenge. He has now wrapped up the shooting of Jawaani Jaaneman in London alongside newcomer Alaia F and Tabu. This will be followed by Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior where he reunites with Ajay Devgn and Kajol and is all set to be the antagonist. This historical drama releases on January 10, 2020.