India, Oct. 17 -- He doesn't always make it easy to like him, but Saif Ali Khan hardly deserves to be written off. That Nawabi attitude doesn't help -- those off-putting comments about nepotism and comparing actors to race horses -- especially in an industry where success is often gauged by the number of years one has spent in 'struggle'. But Saif's royal heritage and tendency to make tone-deaf statements at the most inopportune moments have often distracted from the real thing -- his work.

To put it quite plainly, even if Leonardo DiCaprio were to call himself a 'movie star' on national TV (with the insinuation that being one makes him special in some way), you'd be justified in feeling embarrassed for him. But for Saif to say such thin...