Sara and Saif at a house party Image: Sara Ali Khan fan page/Instagram
How is the fate of an actor decided in Bollywood? Well, first there's the struggle to find a foothold, a role where you can prove yourself, and then you put your heart and soul into that performance, hoping the audience sees it and, lastly, you hope the film works well enough at the box office so that you emerge as a bankable shoulder. After all, cinema is a business and why call it anything else?
But this isn't the road trodden by the wild-card entrants, the star kids. Case in point: Dhadak and Janhavi Kapoor's emotion-proof makeup, which, by the way, is a potential business angle the makeup giants should explore. And now, Saif Ali Khan's fatherly piece of advice to daughter Sara Ali Khan.
Sara's debut film, Kedarnath, co-starring Sushant Singh Rajput, is in choppy waters. With director Abhishek Kapoor and co-producer Prerna Arora at daggers drawn because of the apparent delay in production by the former, and Sushant unhappy with the turn of events, Kedarnath currently seems unscalable. And Saif has the best reaction to it.
"The lesson to be learnt from her experience is to always go on with a good producer and a good studio... things can easily go wrong in the filmmaking business," said Saif in a television interview. Things get really problematic when you read the next line of his golden advice. "I am happy she's working with Karan (Johar) and Rohit (Shetty). Even if something doesn't work, I feel her future is secure."
The KJo and Rohit film Saif is referring to is Simmba, starring Ranveer Singh in the lead. And yes, he did just imply that even if Kedarnath doesn't see the light of day, Sara is secure, even if the film tanks, Sara is secure, thanks to KJo uncle, the Bollywood mafia of nepotism.
Of course, this is precisely the kind of Nawabiana or cinematic lineage that helped Saif secure his foothold in Bollywood before we discovered a different side to him in Being Cyrus, Omkara, and the like. And it is only fair Sara is now handed over the baton. Let her secure her future first, she can choose to start acting later on in life.
Meanwhile, hundreds of deserving talents, whose first films failed to see the light of day, are still waiting for a callback from Karan Johar and Rohit Shetty.