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07-20-2009, 04:04 AM #1
◄◄ Jehad changed my outlooks: Saif Ali Khan ►►
Born and brought up in a non-conservative westernised atmosphere, Saif Ali Khan says he has gone through a life-changing experience while working in Rensil D'Silva's tentatively titled "Jehad". The actor gets out of his zone to play an Islamic fundamentalist.
"Yes, I play an Islamic fundamentalist while Vivek Oberoi plays the more moderate Muslim," said Saif.
"The role has not only made me more politically aware, it has also made me more religious. I knew a lot of things about Islam. But I was always more spiritual than religious. Working in Rensil's film has made me know more about the religion. I did a lot of reading on Islam during this film. I always believed in the higher power," Saif told IANS.
"The one most decisive thing that I learnt had to do with Allah - we tend to presume that to be the Muslim god. But Allah is the Arab word for the same god, or the one true god. That, I thought, was a wonderful thing to learn while playing this character.
"All religions believe in the oneness of god. So what's all the fighting about? Whether it's Christianity, Islam or Judaism, many of the religions have fought a holy war at one time or another. It's been a part of religious history," said the actor.
This is not the first time Saif is playing a negative role -- he played a bad guy in movies like "Ek Hasina Thi" and "Omkara". But he admits playing a negative character in this film has changed his perception towards life and religion.
07-20-2009, 01:40 PM #2