Saif kills a troll who accused him of buying Padma Shri award with his honesty
Last year, Saif Ali Khan surprised everyone with his terrific performance in the first Netflix original series in India – ‘Sacred Games’. The actor is now gearing up for the second season of the show. The ‘Hum Tum’ actor is quite choosy when it comes to signing films. In his career spanning three decades, Saif has received several accolades. In 2010, he received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.
Saif appeared on Arbaaz khan‘s chat show ‘Pinch’ where he answered some mean tweets and hit back at trolls in his true-blue Nawabi style. A mean tweet directed at Saif’s Padma Shri award read, “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.”
Responding to the tweet, Saif said, “Two bit thug? I am not… everything else is true (laughs). It is a bit… (Arbaaz chips in to suggest ‘expensive’) for me to bribe the Indian government, you will have to ask more senior people. There are so many senior, talented people in the industry who haven’t got it so it was very embarrassing for me to accept. Of course, there are some people who I feel deserve it less than me also.”
“I wanted to give it back, I didn’t want to accept it. My father told me ‘I don’t think you are in a position to refuse the Indian government’. So I said okay and very happily took it then,” he shared.
Saif hopes that in the coming years, when people look at his work, they feel that he deserves that honour.