When near-bankrupt Saif Ali Khan said, ‘I’m not Shah Rukh Khan. I don’t have that kind of money’


Saif Ali Khan is a happy man today with wife Kareena Kapoor Khan and son Taimur. The family recently enjoyed a fantastic holiday in London.

There’s considerable interest in the media on everything that Saif and his family do on routinely basis. But, it was not always like this. An interview that Saif gave to The Telegraph in 2005 shows just what pain and agony he went through.

Then, he had just come out of a painful divorce and was expected to pay Rs 5 crore to Amrita. He confessed that he was on the verge of financial bankruptcy. He had painfully revealed how Amrita was not allowing him to see Sara Ali Khan and son Ibrahim because he had started living with a model called Rosa.

He had said, “My wife and I have gone our separate ways. I respect my wife’s space. But why am I being constantly reminded of how terrible a husband I was, and how awful a father I am’ I’ve my son Ibrahim’s photograph in my wallet. Each time I look at it, I feel like crying. I miss my daughter Sara all the time. I’m not allowed to meet my children. They aren’t allowed to come to visit me, let alone stay with me. Why? Because there’s a new woman in my life who’d influence my children against their mother. That’s so much hogwash and Amrita knows it. Right now my kids are growing up with Amrita’s relatives and maidservants while she’s out working in a TV serial. Why does she need to do that, when I’m more than willing to support my family?”

Speaking about the divorce arrangement, Saif had said, “I’m supposed to give Amrita Rs 5 crore, of which I’ve already given her approximately Rs 2.5 crore. Also, I’m paying Rs 1 lakh per month until my son becomes 18. I’m not Shah Rukh Khan. I don’t have that kind of money. I’ve promised her I’ll pay up the rest of the money, and I will, even if I’ve to slog till I drop dead.”

He had gone on to add, “Whatever I’ve earned from doing ads, stage shows and films is being given for my children. I’ve no money. Our bungalow is for Amrita and the kids, and never mind the relatives who’ve joined her after my departure. Rosa and I stay in a pokey two-room apartment. Still, I’ve never been more at peace with myself. After a long long time I feel my self-worth has returned.

“It isn’t nice to be constantly reminded of how worthless you are and to have taunts, jeers, insults and abuses thrown at your mother and sister all the time. I’ve gone through all of it. Now I feel healed again. Today, if I’ve found someone who actually makes me feel I’m worth something, what’s wrong with it? Earlier, I had hit such a rock bottom with my self-esteem that I’d be shocked if someone complimented me for my looks! Today if someone says something nice, I say, ‘That’s fine. Stars are supposed to be complimented’.”

Those moments with so much of financial difficulties is a past that Saif has left far behind. His relationship with Sara and Ibrahim is very good now. He had recently talked at length stating how he enjoyed a friend-like relationship with Sara. He had also replied to a question on his feelings on seeing his daughter romance with Ranveer Singh in Simmba.

Saif was also instrumental personally intervening in the lawsuit filed by Abhishek Kapoor against Sara Ali Khan after the latter allegedly breached her terms of contract during the shooting of her debut film Kedarnath opposite Sushant Singh Rajput. It was his intervention that saw the matter being resolved outside the court.