The been refrain from Nagin in Love Aaj Kal has caught on like wildfire. “I’m glad. Because my producer Dinesh Vijan chased it up obsessively and we paid a small fortune to get the rights for that music from Sa Re Ga Ma,” informs Saif.
Kareena predicted that music will play at every discotheque in the country.
Says Saif, “That’s the way they wanted it and we didn’t mind at all. As long as the Sikh community understands that our intentions are completely honourable we didn’t mind doing anything to appease the sentiments of the Sikhs.”
Saif says he worked really hard to get the nuances of the Sikh character right. “Imtiaz and I didn’t want the character to be even slightly caricatural. We worked very, very hard on the body language, and the speech. Then if the beard appeared not long enough, we couldn’t help it. Once people see the film they’ll know there’s nothing to protest about. Everyone will be proud of me.”
But was the media interaction allowed in a Gurdwara?
Says Saif, “It wasn’t really inside the Gurdwara but in an office within the premise. We all met and sorted it out.”