WHAT! Saif Ali Khan has bought back ‘Pataudi Palace’ with his hard earned money and is not an ancestral property
‘Born with a silver spoon in their mouth’ the term widely used in Bollywood for star kids, no matter how hard they work to create their own mark in the industry. Whether they are having their own time or stepping out for work, they are constantly being scanned for their moves and opinions. While there’s no denying the fact that they have everything we long for but they do have their own share of struggles and troubles.
Case in point, Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan. Born to cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actor Sharmila Tagore, Saif has a beautiful palace to himself, which is considered to be a huge ancestral property inherited from his father but that apparently is not the case.
Yes you heard it right! You would be surprised to know that Saif had to procure the same after it was rented to a hotel chain post the death of his father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. Opening up on how he has earned back Pataudi palace with lot of money he earned from films and not just inherited the property. After the death of his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the palace was rented out to Neemrana chain of hotels.
In an interview with Mid-Day Saif said, “People have a certain fixed notion. For that matter, even [with] Pataudi [palace], when my father died, it got rented to Neemrana Hotels. Aman [Nath] and Francis [Wacziarg] used to run [the hotel]. Francis passed away. He’d said that if I wanted [the palace] back, I could let him know. I said: ‘I want it back’. They held a conference, and said, ‘Okay, you have to give us lots of money!’ Which I then consequently earned.”
The actor further shared, “So, even the house I’m supposed to have inherited has been earned back through money from films. You can’t live off the past. At least we can’t in our family, because there was nothing. There is history, culture, beautiful photographs; and, of course, some land. It has been a privileged upbringing. But there’s been no inheritance.”
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The actor went on to talk about his childhood and his early days. “I was born and raised in Bombay. My father lived with my mother in her flat. He had just finished playing cricket. His last Test series was when I was four/five. My mother says he was bunking his responsibilities. His mother was looking after things in Bhopal and Pataudi. She’d got old. So we moved to Delhi to live with her. It was a nice, big old house in Delhi, which she had been given for her lifetime, in return for land, property and other kinds of deals that these old [royal] families had made with the Indian government.” he reminisced.
On the work front, Saif will be next seen in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior with Ajay Devgn. He also has Jawaani Jaaneman with Tabu, Kubbra Sait and Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia Furniturewala.