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Bollywood doesn't need to impress foreigners: Saif Ali Khan
- 3/23/2011             
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) As an actor Saif Ali Khan is choosing his roles responsibly and wants to prove critics wrong. As a filmmaker he feels Bollywood is "self-sufficient" and doesn't need to impress the foreign audience.

"The population of Indians is so massive worldwide as well as in India that we don't need to cater to foreigners. We are self-sufficient," Saif, 40, told IANS in an exclusive interview. He echoed his mother, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore who had recently questioned Indian actors' clamour for Hollywood.

Saif, who was in the capital to shoot the climax scenes of his second home production "Agent Vinod", being directed by Sriram Raghavan, is taking special care to make the spy thriller look different from popular international film series "James Bond".

Wearing track pants, a green t-shirt, shades, sporting ruffled hair and looking relaxed, the actor shared his thoughts on "Agent Vinod" and his aspirations as he completes two decades in the film industry in 2012.

Here are excerpts from the interview to IANS:

Q: How is Delhi treating you? A: Really nice. It's always been fun being here. I am going to start shooting "Agent Vinod" climax here.

Q. You shot parts of your debut production "Love Aaj Kal" in the capital. Will we see a different side of New Delhi in "Agent Vinod"? A: It is going to be completely different from "Love Aaj Kal". There is a lot of character in Delhi that we would like to capture. The Aurangzeb Road kind of bungalow, and 'chiks' tied to the colonial arches of these houses. There is also the old Delhi, and the slightly more crowded - a very Kashmere Gate kind of area. We will capture Connaught Place and the famous Nirula's. "Love..." captured an atmosphere of being romantic, fun loving, the gol-gappas and metro rides. But for "Agent Vinod", we want to capture the power of the central government, the grandeur, beauty of the visuals, things like Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Q: We hear there will be heavy-duty action sequences in "Agent Vinod". How demanding is it for you? A: For me, it is extraordinary to be flexible enough to kick a certain way, run and jump and do it all in a particular style. I think the character doing action in the film is somebody meant to be very comfortable doing it. Also, it's supposed to look good on him. So that is a challenge - to be stylish while doing action scenes in a particular way

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