Bollywood or the Hindi film industry has been ruled by the power of Khans for the past couple of decades. Whether be it Salman, Aamir, or Shah Rukh, each one of them have conquered their respective genres and have long been making critics and audiences happy with their performances. However, with their fame dying down, an underrated Khan is rising to the task - Saif Ali Khan. Adorably known as Chhote Nawab for his royal lineage, Saif has been and will soon be part of many exciting projects both on the big screen and in the digital world. Here's why Saif Ali Khan is the most exciting Khan of Bollywood today.

Having done some quirky movies like Love Aaj Kal and Omkara, Saif Ali Khan previously showed signs of a 'hatke' approach towards movies. However, since Sacred Games came out last year, Saif Ali Khan has been widely applauded for his role in India's most popular Web series.

On October 18, this Friday, Saif Ali Khan's Laal Kaptaan releases. This is a period drama that revolves around a Naga Sadhu on the hunt to seek revenge. In the era of social message-centered and slapstick comedies, Saif is venturing into a space most mainstream actors dread to. This shows his approach towards adopting quirky cinema, and making content not just for box office collections but also for movie lovers.

Then, Saif Ali Khan has also confirmed that he is doing yet another Web series with Netflix India called Tandav. Tandav will be a political thriller, adapting the concept of House of Cards for the Indian political scene. The series is expected to take into account things like Dalit politics and UP cops and their internal issues. This seems like another controversial issue that most other stars would tend to refrain from. The show will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

This is Saif Ali Khan 2.0. The essence of this new avatar started with Go Goa Gone, where Khan played a blonde Russian zombie hunter who is (hilariously) a Delhiite. This continued with small-budget production Kaalakaandi and Baazaar, two severely underrated movies.

Laal Kaptaan is, similarly, not a big budget production. You won't expect it to make 100 crores in the first weekend. However, it is an important movie that breaks away from the cliched concepts of Bollywood and attempts to do something courageous and out of line.