When Saif Ali Khan began strumming the guitar on a love song, the crowd of students went ballistic.
“I can go on forever,” said Saif while playing the instrument. “I don’t like heavy metal. I prefer jazz and blues but I like rock n roll the most. When the actor was asked about the music he plays to impress women, he surprised everyone by saying that women find most of his music offensive. In that case, obviously, many wondered, how did the chhote nawab manage to win over one of B-Town’s most bewitching beauties.
Saif recalled the time when he first tried to impress a girl by playing a song for her. “There was a song called Black Night that I used to love. I bought the record and picked up the notes on the guitar to impress her,” said Saif. Dressed in casual dark blue tee and jeans, Saif was at one of the prominent educational institutions in Central Mumbai promoting his forthcoming film Aarakshan. And the institute was renamed Aarakshan College for that day.
Amitabh Bachchan, who plays a college principal in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, was just in character. He was the Principal of Aarakshan College. So while others took their classes, he kept a tab on them. The film’s leading lady Deepika Padukone took a class in dance and taught some thumkas; Saif tried giving lessons on guitar; Manoj Bajpai held an acting workshop; Shankar and Ehsaan along with lyricist Prasoon Joshi gave tips for composing a song and Prateik, who plays a student in the film, taught the art of expressing on the wall through graffiti. The event was conceptualised and executed by Aditya Bhat and team from the Business of Ideas. TOI