Saif Ali Khan, who was felicitated with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2010, says he wanted to return it.
On Arbaaz Khan’s chat show ‘Pinch’, Khan was taken through some mean tweets about him.
“This two-bit thug who bought a Padma Shri, named his son Taimur and beat up some people in a restaurant. How the hell did he get a role in ‘Sacred Games’? He can hardly act,” one tweet read.
“Two-bit thug, I’m not... Bought a Padma Shri is also not possible. It is beyond me to bribe the Indian government. You will have to ask more senior people. But I thought I don’t want to accept it. There are so many senior actors in the industry who deserved it even more than me, and had not gotten one... and it was very embarrassing. And of course, there are some people who have it, I feel deserve it less than me also,” Khan responded.
Khan said he changed his mind after a conversation with his father, the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
“I wanted to give it back. I didn’t want to accept it. My father said to me, ‘I don’t think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government.’ So I said ‘okay’ and I very happily took it,” he said,
“I look at it in a way that I hope in time...cause I’m not done yet and I’m enjoying acting, I’m doing fairly well, I’m happy with what’s happening... I hope in time, when I look back and people look at it, they will say, ‘Okay, I think he deserves an honour for the work he has done,” he added.
During ‘Pinch’, Khan also had a witty reply to a troll who questioned him about being a “nawab”.
A troll had questioned him on “being a nawab and still clinging on to rotten ‘hukumat’”.
After reading it, Khan quipped: “I have never been interested in being a nawab. I prefer eating kebabs.”
Known for his wit and humour, Khan even hit back at a troll, who questioned him for turning up at actress Sonam Kapoor’s wedding in a simple white kurta pajama.
“It was her wedding, not mine,” responded Khan.
On the work front, Khan is all set to for the second season of ‘Sacred Games’.