In a career spanning three decades, Saif Ali Khan has never failed to impress with his performances, his suave and most importantly his onscreen chemistry! Ever since he made his debut with Parampara in 1993, he’s explored a variety of genres and acting roles, but one thing he’s always excelled at is creating an unmatched camaraderie with his female co-stars. Here’s looking at six of Saif Ali Khan’s best on-screen chemistries to date!
First up we have Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee who were one of the most famous hit couples on screen, with movies like Hum Tum, Ta Ra Rum Pum and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic becoming some of the most loved rom-coms in Hindi cinema. In fact, when they reunited on screen 11 long years later, their infectious chemistry was still visibly present. Hum Tum was definitely their biggest hit together- right from the music to their unique love story which gave rise to an iconic cartoon couple, everything seemed to work for the audience. On the other hand, Ta Ra Rum Pum and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic both had Saif playing a doting father with Rani Mukherjee opposite him in the lead role.
Whether it’s as his wife in Ta Ra Rum Pum or as a fairy in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, their romance was definitely the highlight of the film. Their most recent release, Bunty and Bubli, featured them as an infamous con couple and their amusing and lively camaraderie brought magic to our screens once again!
Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta’s chemistry was the talk of the town during the early 2000s. Their films including Kya Kehna, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Dil Chahta Hai, and Salaam Namaste were proof of their great chemistry and they were able to create magic on-screen flawlessly. They started their journey as an on-screen couple when they first appeared together in Siddharth Anand’s Salaam Namaste in 2005. Saif Ali Khan played chef Nikhil Arora and Preity Zinta played Radio Jockey, Ambar. Even though the film began with them not seeing eye to eye, the storyline stayed true to the spirit of romance and happy endings. Preity Zinta’s sweet, dimpled character and Saif Ali Khan’s suave and handsome character were a great combination.
The plot showcased the classic enemy-to-lover trope, and their adorable love-hate bond won over the viewers. Saif and Preity Zinta’s on-screen camaraderie was undeniably strong and that’s the reason why they collaborated for so many projects in the future, and went to become extremely popular among the audience
Kareena Kapoor Khan
This list would be incomplete without Bollywood’s reel and real-life power couple, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. They are one of the few duos who have a massive following both on-screen and off-screen and have worked on some great films together including LOC: Kargil, Tashan, Omkara, Kurbaan and Agent Vinod! Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s comedy action film Tashan garnered a lot of attention for bringing something different to the table. In fact, Kareena has mentioned multiple times that it was on the sets of that movie that she fell in love with Saif, and their love story began! Kurbaan was another film that the duo did together, where Kareena played Avantika, a professor who falls in love with a handsome man played by Saif. As the film progresses, some dangerous secrets are revealed about Saif’s character, which raises the stakes.
The chemistry between them is at an all-time high, especially in the song Dua and among the adrenaline of the storyline, it only peaks! Finally, is their 2012 film, Agent Vinod which had Saif Ali Khan as a RAW agent and Kareena Kapoor as Iram Parveen Bilal, Saif’s love interest. As Saif sets out on a secret mission to find the reason behind the death of his colleague, he finds love along the way. Somewhere between the sharp, well-designed stunts, beautiful musical tracks and memorable punch lines- Kareena and Saif’s sizzling chemistry manages to make its mark! Everyone, including us, will always be a Saifeena fan!
Next up, on the list is Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan’s power-packed pairing, which has never failed to give us an engaging film with some sizzling chemistry! The two have collaborated on some great projects including Aarakshan, Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail, and the audience has always loved their on-screen connection! Right from Love Aaj Kal, which was their first collaboration, they instantly hit it off on screen. Their unmatched chemistry coupled with the creative storyline made the rom-com a favorite among movie-goers! They appeared in the political thriller Aakarshan which highlighted corruption in different sectors of the nation. However, Deepika and Saif were paired romantically and had some endearing moments. In complete contrast to that was their sexy and sultry chemistry in Cocktail, where Deepika played a feisty and rebellious Veronica and Saif played suave lover boy Gautam! Together their chemistry was fiery and the movie continues to be one of their best projects to date!
Even though Race 2 boasted an ensemble cast with a number of talented actors, Deepika and Saif’s chemistry stands out. The song, Be Intahaan, was especially a memorable addition! Not only were their films critically acclaimed but also managed to be commercial hits at the box office, which is proof of how much the audience enjoyed watching them together. We would love for this dynamic duo to make a comeback to the big screens soon!
Even though Saif Ali Khan and Ileana D’Cruz only did one film together, their chemistry left a mark on the audience! They were seen together in Happy Ending, where both of them play novelists. Their most romantic moment was during the song Jaise Tu Mera, which shows both of them enjoying exotic locations, as they romance each other. From driving through gorgeous landscapes to playing strip poker, and even preparing breakfast for the actress- there are a number of shots where their connection is highlighted wonderfully! Overall the song and the movie are a visual treat, where both the actors are seen having a good time, and their acting skills can truly be observed in a fresh new light. This unconventional yet adorable pairing definitely made the cut for us!
Last but not least, we have Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu on the list! The two came together for Abbas-Mustan’s crime thriller Race in 2008. Their steamy chemistry and hot numbers throughout the movie definitely stood out despite the ensemble cast, and drove the audience wild! The film had a very international feel, with most scenes being shot in exotic locations including Durban and Goa and that only gives it an extra edge.
Here’s wishing the extremely talented Saif Ali Khan a very Happy 52nd Birthday!