Saif Ali Khan said the industry is currently undergoing big changes, where every notion, from the length of a film to its release, is being challenged. Khan was one of the first mainstream Bollywood stars to enter the digital medium with Netflix’s Sacred Games in 2018.
“It’s wonderfully liberating not to be bothered by the box office, which naturally controls creativity quite a lot. The audience decides what they want to see and who becomes a star.
“A star commands a certain opening day number. Your price tag is based on market value. But to have an egalitarian environment is always good,” Khan told PTI.
Khan said the duo were “equals” on set and were competing with each other for the betterment of the project, with no industry-set hierarchy.
“When Nawazuddin and I do a ‘Sacred Games’, we must behave like equals and on the same kind of level like everybody else. It’s a more egalitarian atmosphere there.
“Whereas, a film’s set tends to be a bit more hierarchical based on who you are. Which is there because it’s a capitalist world,” he added.
Khan was talking on the sidelines of a discussion organised by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films.