Born on 16 August 1970 Saif Ali Khan is the son of the Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore. He completed his education from Winchester College, England.
Saif made his debut in 1992 with Parampara. After that he starred in a lot of movies which failed to be big box office successes. The turning point of his career was Dil Chahta Hai (2001), which got him noticed. Saif’s first hit was Yeh Dillagi (1994) which was followed by Main Khilari Tu Anari (1994). Other movies that did decently well were Hum Saath Saath Hai (1999) and Kya Kehna (2000). After that came Dil Chahta Hai and a slew of big banner movies which moved him into the big league. Films like Farhan Akhtar's , Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), Hum Tum (2004), and Salaam Namaste (2005), Parineeta (2005) did wonders for him. He proved his versatility through negative roles and off beat films like Ek Hasina Thi (2004), Being Cyrus (2006). The Indian adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello- Omkara (2006), brought him critical acclaim through the role of Ishwar 'Langda' Tyagi. After that came a quiet Tara Rum Pum (2007) where Saif plays the role of an injured race driver trying to get back to the top. One of his last release Race did reasonably well in the BO, while Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic didn't quite set the BO on fire. Currently working on ‘Krishna’ which is slated for release in 2008 starring also Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.
Amongst other things, Saif is also a skilled guitar player and singer performing live at rock concerts. He has performed live on stage with the band Parikrama. Saif has been the brand ambassador for major products such as Lays, Colgate Max Fresh, Lenovo, Seagram's Royal Stag, Chevrolet Aveo, Cream Bell, Provogue and Asian Paints. He was wedded to actress Amrita Singh but it was followed by a bitter and sudden divorce. There was a short-spanned love affair with Italian girlfriend Rosa, and that came to an end too. He is currently dating Kareena Kapoor. The controversial 'Black Buck' case also tarnished Saif's image somewhat, but these drawbacks have not been able to put a halt to this indomitable spirit. He won the Filmfare Best Debut Award for Ashiq Awara (1993) Saif won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor for his role in Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) and Hum Tum (2004) bagged him the National Film Award for Best Actor. He received the Filmfare best Comedian Award for Dil Chahta Hai (2001). With Omkara (2006), Saif was awarded the Best Villain, Global Indian Films Award and Stardust Awards – Best Actor in a negative role.