Alternate to the fact that he belongs to a royal lineage, Saif Ali Khan had to face some ups & downs in life where he had to fight to take back his royalty. During a recent media interaction, this ‘Lal Kaptaan’ actor revealed that he had to earn back his ancestral property: Pataudi Palace after it was rented to a hotel chain after the demise of his father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.
In a F2F with Mid-day, the ‘Nawab’ of Bollywood 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.”
“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.”
Talking about his childhood days, Saif shared,
“I was born and 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.”
Talking about work, Saif last appeared in Navdeep Singh’s ‘Lal Kaptaan‘ that flopped at the box office. His next is Ajay Devgn starrer ‘Taanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ where he plays the role of the main antagonist. Besides this, he is also a part of ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’ that stars Tabu & marks the Bollywood debut of Pooja Bedi’s daughter Aliaf F.