Saif Ali Khan has visited the city of London to promote his upcoming release Race 2. The Bollywood superstar attended a meet and greet event at Cineworld Feltham on Monday, where he signed as many autographs as possible for his screaming fans, and also posed for pictures with them. A number of these fans waited hours to see Saif in person! Despite arriving an hour late for the event, Saif made sure that they were not left disappointed and was an absolute professional when it came to interacting with his fans. This was Saif’s first ever visit to Cineworld Feltham, which is famous for hosting numerous Bollywood-related events over the years.
The event was hosted by the popular BBC Asian Network presenter duo Raj and Pablo, who also mingled with the fans prior to Saif’s arrival. There was also some singing and dancing involved by some group acts, who entertained the crowd just before Saif entered the building. When asked by Raj and Pablo what he thinks about the hundreds of die-hard fans who were eagerly waiting in the cold to meet him, Saif said the following: “Hello everybody, it’s really nice to see all of you here. I hope you have not been waiting too long. I’m so excited to be here. I’ve never been here before.” Also when asked how it feels to be in London, Saif told everybody the following: “I love it here, it’s my second home. I’m always happy to be here.”
Saif also talked about Race 2 and the intense physical training that was involved in order to prepare for the sequel to Race (2008), which was a huge blockbuster at the time of its release. “It was hard, but it was also a lot of fun. I think we really had a healthy time. We trained a lot, we ate well.” “We also went to Istanbul, Antalya and Cyprus for shooting. I’ve never been to those places before. We had an amazing and healthy holiday.”
At the event, one of the producers of Race 2 confirmed in public that Race 3 is definitely being planned. When asked whether or not Saif will return for the third installment, he had this to say: “there is no ‘Race’ without Saif.”
Bollyspice also spoke to some of the fans at the event in order to get a sense as to why they made the effort to see Saif Ali Khan in person. Irfan, who is a huge admirer of Saif’s work, gave us the following remarks. “I’m a really big fan of him. One of my favourite films is Kal Ho Naa Ho and he played a great character in that film. He’s a great actor and I’ve seen him progress over the years, so I really wanted to see him in person.” Rehana, who is another big fan of Saif gave us her reasons for coming to see the superstar at Cineworld Feltham. “I happen to see lots of Saif’s movies. I’m a very big fan so I thought I might as well come and see him in person.” Rehana cites Kurbaan (2009) as her favourite Saif Ali Khan film.
Overall, it was a fantastic Bollywood-themed event, which gave 2013 the kick-start that it needed. For all those who are keen on seeing Saif return to action, you can catch Race 2 in cinemas when it officially releases worldwide on 25 January 2013!
Check out the cool pictures from the event below!