Saif Ali Khan is currently seen in Anurag Kashyap’s web series, Sacred Games on Netflix. The actor plays a Punjabi cop in the series and is being lauded for his phenomenal performance alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. The show has been hailing rave reviews from critics and the audience as well. However, apart from this Saif has a few interesting projects lined-up ahead and is prepping up for it.

Saif is sporting long hair and beard for the thriller film, which will be directed by Navdeep Singh, stated Times of India. The report further suggests that Saif will play a Naga Sadhu (Naked Saint) in this thriller, which is tentatively titled, Hunter, set in the 1780s. Talking about his role of playing a Naga Sadhu, Saif quipped, “Don’t get ideas. I wear clothes even though I shouldn’t be because Naga means nanga. My character is a failed Naga Sadhu, who has strong notions of revenge. The film is a drama set in Rajasthan. I even got my ears pierced for the role, which I was worried about initially. My hair has grown a lot. It bothered me throughout summer, when I was shooting in Rajasthan’s sweltering heat. It took me 40 minutes to two hours sometimes just to get into hair and make-up for the part.”

Describing further about his state of mind while filming 50 per cent of this project, he says that it’s weird but a part of a lifetime. “I’ve always felt that there is one entity that is giving me things that I don’t deserve. That’s how I feel for the role, also. It’s too good to be true and it’s a complete experience. And though it takes ridiculous two hours of make-up and hair, it’s like the journey of a character in a Westerner (a Western film), who goes into another space altogether with his experiences. It’s so fulfilling to watch old forts in Rajasthan come alive because of these shoots,” added Saif.

The Omkara actor further told the publication that he also uses weapons in this film. “It’s a difficult role to carry because it requires strong self-belief in a different way — to make others and myself believe that I am the most dangerous swordsman in the world requires some conviction. This part continues to be fun. People have also told me that I have started looking different from the time I started shooting this film. I will soon be my normal self again, without the beard. Saif Ali Khan is a ‘character’ I am more used to being, while my part in Hunter is that of a person who is an animal at heart — a flat-footed wild fellow. Fifty days into the shoot and my spotboy also told me that something has changed in me. Some roles do that to you, I guess,” said Saif Ali Khan.