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Saif Ali Khan 'is a laugh riot', says director

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Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan

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Cocktail director Sayantan Dalal has described Saif Ali Khan as a "laugh riot".

The actor has previously appeared in Dalal's 2005 debut Being Cyrus.

He told DNA India: "Acting is pretending and if someone can pretend sincerely then I think they have it pretty much mastered. I feel Saif does this effortlessly. We enjoy a similar sensibility. His sense of humour is a f**king spleen-splitter!

"Often I'd need the maturity of my director of photography Anil Mehta to settle us down and remind me that I was supposed to be directing. It's really a laugh riot with Saif on a shoot. I wouldn't cast someone based on friendship though. The actor has to suit the character and that's it."

Dalal added: "When I first heard [writer] Imtiaz Ali's narration I thought it was a joke that they wanted me to direct it. I asked them, 'Why would I tell this story? No one is dying or killing anyone, there aren't enough dysfunctional people in it and where is my pan-in-the-face twist?'

"I guess it was the fear of telling someone else's story, and making the moments my own. It was the fear of not being in my comfort zone. It would be easy for me to make another film like Being Cyrus because telling a story in that style is my sensibility."

Cocktail made over Rs 10.7 crore (£1.25 million) on its opening day in India.

Producer Dinesh Vijan has said that Khan complements his "strengths", despite the poor showing of Agent Vinod.

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