Considered to be the Nawab of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan represents a Royal family. While the Nawab of Pataudi has a beautiful palace to himself, it was considered that he had inherited it from his father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. But that apparently is not the case!
Yes, you read that! Recently making a shocking revelation Saif has confessed how he has earned back that palace after buying it with the money he earned from films and not just inherited it.
Yes, you read it right, the beautiful palace that Saif owns in his native did not come to him for free. After his father, Mansoor Ali Khan’s death, the palace was rented to a hotel chain. When the owner of the chain died they put it up for sale and thus the deal ended with Saif buying for a whopping amount.
In an interview with Mid-Day Saif said, “People have a certain fixed notion. For that matter, even [with] Pataudi [palace], when my father [Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi] 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.”
Saif further revealed, “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.”
Reminiscing his childhood, the Sacred Games actor said, “I was born and even raised in Bombay. My father lived with my mother in her [Carmichael Road] flat… He had just finished playing cricket. His last Test series was when I was four/five. My mother [actor Sharmila Tagore] 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.”
On the work front, Saif who was recently seen in Laal Kaptaan and his hit web show Sacred Games Season 2 has an interesting lineup with Jawaani Jaaneman and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.