Saif Ali Khan is preparing for the release of his latest film Bhoot Police, and says he is spiritual but not particularly religious and has ‘a very sad feeling…it’s just lights out’ after your death. The self-described “agnostic” actor said a lot of religion worries him, just like his character in the horror comedy starring Arjun Kapoor.
In the film directed by Pavan Kirpalani, Khan’s character Vibhooti is a ghost hunter, for the money, while fellow ghost hunter, Arjun Kapoor’s Chiraunji, takes his job more seriously.
“I don’t know in real life. I’m very secular in the sense that I think a lot of religion worries me because they focus on the afterlife. Saif told PTI in an interview with Zoom while sharing his thoughts on ghosts and God, not enough focus on this life.”
“I find a lot of religion to be an organization and a lot of problems — basically related to my God, or your God or his God is better.”
The actor said that he is religious in some way because he believes in a higher power. But he added, “What is that power, I have absolutely no idea.”
“I pray and try to focus my energy on things. I’m more spiritual.”
Saif, son of actress Sharmila Tagore and former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, said he is not particularly religious.
“…I’m not talking about the afterlife…I have a very sad feeling that once you die, the lights will just go out. That’s the end, nothing more. Sometimes I hope there’s more. And I’m not a hundred percent sure there isn’t one.” .
“I imagine the older I get the less convinced I am, I think this is a self-defense mechanism in the brain. I think the younger I am the more like this. But sure, I don’t get carried away too much by the rules and regulations of religion.”
Aside from Seif’s beliefs about ghosts and a god, what drew him to Bhut’s police was the place where they were set up, and his appearance in the movie.
He said that the decision to undertake any project instinctive in the first place.
“Something has got to catch you and you want to be a part of the whole process. When you hear a story or when you read a script, you somehow visualize the movie and think, ‘Is that what I wanted to do?’ This is one of the best scripts I’ve read. There’s more depth From what I think people are expecting and it’s a really interesting movie.”
It also turned out that the Bahut police were tired because he had to wear prosthetic limbs during filming.
“This movie is on location, very dramatic, there are a lot of things going on, and I remember I was very tired, and often though I enjoyed it every day, but it was tiring.”
Talking about audience acceptance and appreciation for Hindi horror comedies, the Goa Goa Gone actor said it’s a great genre but hard work is needed to find something new.
He added that fear and laughter go well together if done right.
Bhoot police were initially scheduled to arrive in movie theaters on September 10, but the pandemic derailed their theatrical plans. The movie will now be released on Disney Hotstar on the same date.
Personally, the pandemic hasn’t changed much for Saif, who welcomed his second son with Kareena Kapoor Khan in February of this year.
He said there was “no learning” or “no sudden epiphany,” because for him it was always about basking in simpler things like taking your child for a walk, getting some fresh air and a little jogging in nature among other things.
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“I’ve always known that this is important and that it is not. My kind of approach to life and understanding how relevant work is, how important work and how to spend time has always been something I thought about and something very clear about a pandemic or not having a pandemic.
The actor said, “I don’t want to spend all my time working. At this age, I don’t think I have to, which is something I’m happy with.”
Bhoot Police, produced by Ramesh Turani and Akshay Puri, co-produced by Jaya Turani, also co-stars Yami Gautam, Jacqueline Fernandez and Javed Javeri.
(by Komal Panchamatia)