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No IPL, I'm not a billionaire: Saif Ali Khan

No IPL, I'm not a billionaire: Saif Ali Khan

He was initially planniing to buy an IPL team but has decided to drop the idea

A few of his Bollywood peers own an IPL team. But Saif Ali Khan says he has moved on from his dream of owning an Indian Premier League (IPL) team since he is 'not a billionaire' and wants to focus on acting and production instead.

"We were at one point considering getting involved (in IPL), but now I think it's has been a blessing in disguise that we didn't. It was far too expensive," says Saif.

Shah Rukh Khan owns an IPL team, so do Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta. But Saif has stayed away.

"When other people got involved, it was a good idea to get involved then. I am not a billionaire. And now I feel it's all for the best because I'd like to concentrate on films and film production."

His association with cricket, however, goes a long way. After all, he is former cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's son.

So is he planning to catch any match live during the upcoming ICC World Cup starting Feb 19?

"Oh! I'd love to go and watch it live. Can you get me a ticket?" the 40-year-old asked childishly before confessing he really wants to watch a match between India and Australia live during the tournament.

Sporting a trimmed Zappa moustache minus the goatee, which is his new look for Prakash Jha's Aarakshan, the actor was visibly jet just back from his new year vacation in Gstaad, Switzerland, with beloved Kareena Kapoor.

Asked how he was taking his graduation from actor to producer, Saif says, "It seems like a natural way to go after years of working for other people. We've learned a lot from other production houses like Yash Raj and Dharma Productions. I'm really grateful to them. Now it's time to do things on your own," added the actor who successfully produced Love Aaj Kal (2009) and is currently providing support for his spy thriller 'Agent Vinod' under his banner Illuminati Films.

But will he star in all his productions?

"Not necessary, but probably initially. That's the whole idea. If we make more than one movie a year then I'd like to work with other people also and the same goes for my production people."

Saif's other future projects include Race 2 and another home production Cocktail, a love triangle to be directed by Homi Adajania.

first published:January 20, 2011, 11:39 IST