World tour got me funds for house: Saif

May 31, 2006 Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, May 31 (IANS) Saif Ali Khan, who is staying in a rented place with girlfriend Rosa, says his world tour has got him the funds to buy a new house in the suburbs of Mumbai.

"It was organised by Anu Malik's brother Abu Malik with Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Sushmita Sen and me. It took us through April and May... I wanted it to be really cool. We went all over the US and parts of the UK. That tour got me the funds to buy a new place," said Saif, who left for the concert right after the completion of Vishal Bhardwaj's "Omkara".

"Right now Rosa and I are staying at a rented place. We have sort of zeroed in on a place in Juhu that we want to buy," Saif told IANS.

Marriage to Rosa is definitely on the cards.

"I should think so... yes. I'd like that. I wouldn't like to say when. You'll be one of the first to know. I got into this relationship with that end (marriage) in mind. It's never been a casual, let's-spend-some-time-together kind of bonding.

"I think some relationships are permanent from the start. A lady had once said to me that whatever relationships I have are meant to culminate in marriage."

So is Saif incapable of frivolous relationships?

"I'm sure I am. But I don't want it right now. Frivolities aren't a part of my life today. I think marrying Rosa is the right thing to do in every way.

"She has made some pretty severe changes in her life... like changing her location and the entire environment around her just to be with me. I think it is a huge sacrifice. And it needs to be respected."

Saif, who has very few films in his kitty, is very keen to take up new projects.

"Right now after Vishal's 'Omkara' I only have Siddharth Anand's next. He's been busy writing, so I only have a rough idea of what it is all about. Then Abbas-Mastan's next and also UTV who are keen to start something new.

"You know, after 'Rang De Basanti', where I really enjoyed the first half, it's time to do some really different work. I remember speaking to Rakeysh (Omprakash) Mehra once for something else that didn't grab me."

What about younger sister Soha?

"Soha is good in 'Rang De Basanti'. She needs to be her own person. But sometimes I get the feeling she feels she has to act a certain way to qualify as a typical heroine. She looks uncomfortable doing that. When she acts calmly and does her delivery and accent her own way, she comes across as a natural performer. She can't fake it."

Soha seeks his advice. "But only in an indirect way. Perhaps, I should sit down with her and take more interest in her work. But yeah, I need the time to do so."

Saif feels his life is coming together this year.

"I feel much calmer. What's real is real. No duality and lies in my life. I am more in charge of my life and environment."

The new power-packed confident Saif is a change from the yes-no-maybe Saif one used to know.

"Well...maybe yes, no maybe!" he chuckled.

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