Saif Ali Khan is currently on a promotional spree for his upcoming film Vikram Vedha opposite Hrithik Roshan. While Saif plays the role of an encounter specialist Vikram, Hrithik Roshan is Vedha, a dreaded gangster. Both Vikram and Vedha think that whatever they are doing is right and this toxic trait brings them face-to-face against each other. While speaking about his character Vikram, Saif said that he is left wing and a liberal. However, he felt that he shouldn’t be saying such things on a public platform in today’s time.
During his interview with Biz Asia, Saif talked about how he doesn’t agree with the thoughts and principles of Vikram who thinks killing convicted criminals is not a crime and he is convinced that he is a good guy. He said that when the mafia problem was getting out of control, there was this urban legend that they won’t show whether the criminal was shot genuinely trying to escape, or executed.
“That’s called an ‘encounter’, a ‘fake encounter’. It’s kind of a horrific judicial… I’m sure it’s completely illegal. But it’s cinematically quite disturbing as well, and that’s kind of what my character does. But he’s convinced he’s a good guy, because (he thinks) it’s required. I’m much more… probably a bit left-wing, I suppose… I don’t know, I probably shouldn’t say these things anymore today,” Saif said in the interview.
“But yes, I’m really liberal and easygoing, and I think everyone is entitled to a fair trial before judgement. I’m certainly not for executing suspected criminals, which my character seems to love to do,” he added.
Vikram Vedha is a Hindi remake of the 2017 Tamil movie of the same name, starring R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. While Saif reprises the role of R Madhavan, Hrithik does it for Vijay Sethupathi. It’s said to be based on the Indian folktale, Vikram aur Betaal. The movie has been directed by Gayatri and Pushkar who have also helmed the original film.
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