Archive for Mansoon Ali Khan Pataudi

My parents taught me how to maintain a work life balance: Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

The Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan introduced StarPlus’ latest Kahaan Hum Kahaan Tum through an unconventional promo. Saif Ali Khan could easily relate to this storyline because his parents share a similar story. Mansoor Ali Khan, Saif’s father was an Indian cricketer and also the former captain of the Indian team. Whereas Saif’s mother, Sharmila Tagore was a phenomenal actress through the 60s till the 90s.

Two people with such polar opposite professions who had super hectic schedules didn’t let the spark in their love die because they balanced their lives. Both of them gained immense love and respect in their respective fields and were bound by the thread of love.

Saif Ali Khan on being asked about his parents shared, “At a very early age, I have learnt to respect the various differences that come in the way of a relationship. This is because my parents had disparate professional lives – my father was a cricketer and my mother a renowned actress. Despite their hectic schedules, they balanced their personal life and didn’t let work act as a hurdle.

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Here’s why Saif Ali Khan’s father changed his name post 1971

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , on May 17, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan recently revealed an interesting fact about his father, Mansoor Ali Khan, who was the Nawab of Pataudi. The latter was popularly also known as Tiger Pataudi. However, few know that Saif’s father changed his name in 1971. On a chat show, the actor spoke about why this happened. Saif said that the change happened when princely titles were abolished in India, in 1971. His dad, who used to lead the Indian cricket team, lost his captaincy around the same time. When the government outlawed princely titles, Saif’s father changed his name to Mansoor Ali Khan. Not just that, he even changed his signature to match his name. Saif also remembered that he had once asked his father about his two names. The latter said that though he was born with the name, things changed after 1971. He also told Saif that Khan would be his name, too. Saif further added that though he is very proud of Pataudi, he has sees himself as an actor and has never been interested in being a Nawab. Saif’s dad, who is a legendary figure in Indian cricket, died on September 22, 2011, of respiratory failure.

Saif Ali Khan: Lesser known facts

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2019 by saifalikhanonline

1/15 Story of how Saif Ali Khan prepared for his role in ‘Go Goa Gone’ will leave you puzzled

Raj and DK’s ‘Go Goa Gone’ remains one of the first and only zombie movies Bollywood has ever had. While the fans await the makers to come up with the second instalment of the film, we got hold of a small detail pertaining to the first part.

According to reports, for Saif, who played the role of Boris, it was a task to get into the skin of his character who sported a golden hair and faked a Russian accent. The makers, it is said, came up with an idea to help Saif go ahead with his character. They got him ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ by Max Brooks which apparently has a hilarious take on a zombie invasion. Needless to say, Saif pulled off his character with ease.

The makers are reportedly now returning with the sequel to the film. The shooting for the film will start in January, next year.

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Saif Ali Khan fondly remembers Shashi Kapoor and his drinking sessions with the deceased actor

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , on December 13, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Shashi Kapoor left for heavenly abode on December 4 and as expected, fans and members of Bollywood fraternity mourned heavily about the loss. One such celebrity who was really dejected by the demise is Saif Ali Khan. He has opened up about his association with Shashi Kapoor that not many knew before.

Saif Ali Khan said that the first thing that struck him about the actor was his great looks. He said he was disturbed as a nine year old when he saw Amitabh Bachchan attacking him with a knife in a scene in Manmohan Desai’s Suhaag. He also narrated a funny incident that took place when his mother, actress Sharmila Tagore, was shooting with Paap Aur Punya. Saif was three and Shashi Kapoor was the actor in this film. He accompanied his mother on the shoot and saw the villain whipping Shashi Kapoor. Saif couldn’t understand why no one was willing to help him. Saif hence decided to take charge. He went and bit the villain’s butt! As expected, everyone on the sets got aghast. Shashi Kapoor explained to little Saif that everything he saw was make-believe and that it was just a film’s shoot.

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Saif Ali Khan: My father was stylish, but my granddad was impeccably dressed

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan has been catching up with his grandfather this last one year. And that’s odd because he has never met him. Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi died in 1952 while playing a game of polo when Saif’s father Mansur Ali Khan (Tiger) Pataudi was just 11.

Flipping through an album of old but well preserved photographs from the 1940s, he tells us that the decade is a favourite with him for its fashion. “I am quite conversant in men’s fashion right from the Roman times. But the ’40s happen to be my absolute favourite. It was a truly elegant time,” says the actor, apologising for not being able to allow us to take the album out of the vanity van parked at Rajkamal Studio where he is shooting 9-to-9 for Chef. “Amma would kill me,” he says, imagining actress-mother Sharmila Tagore’s wrath.

The album holds memories of the 8th Nawab of Pataudi, the only Test cricketer to have played for both India and England. Saif calls him a “classic gentleman cricketer”. “He wore a suit with a cravat even as the opposition captain tossed the coin in a cable knit cricket jumper. My father was stylish, but my grandfather was always impeccably dressed, whether on the cricket field or on a polo ground.”

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The rise, fall and rise of Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan’s acting career is something of a sine curve—hits after flops, followed by hits, and then some flops, and so on over the last 25 years. After an underwhelming debut in Parampara in 1992, Khan’s stock rose as the long-haired Vicky in Yeh Dillagi (1994), and as Deepak in Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994). Critics had almost written him off in the mid-1990s, but he came back with Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho and Omkara. The pattern has continued into the 2010s, with an abysmal Humshakals nudging a Go Goa Gone.

At 46, Khan is focusing on scripts, film-makers and craft. Besides playing an egotistical film producer in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, Khan has completed two other films—an indie by Akshat Verma, Kalagandi, which he describes as “romantic, funny and a little crazy”, and Chef, directed by Raja Menon. “These are good films with good directors and a good vibe. That’s enough to make one grateful,” he says. Edited excerpts from an interview:

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Biopic on Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi could potentially be best ever: Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on December 24, 2015 by saifalikhanonline

Son of Late Nawab of Pataudi Mansur Ali Khan and actress Sharmila Tagore – Saif Ali Khan – believes that a film on his father could potentially be the best biopic ever made but wonders if it can ever happen!

Saif could have chosen to follow in the footsteps of his father (former captain of the Indian cricket team in the 1960s) but he pursued a career in acting like his mother.

However, he would never attempt to either produce or act in the film which would be based on his father’s life.

Saif said, “I wouldn’t be comfortable at all acting in the film or producing it because I would be so scared of letting down his memories or not making a brilliant film. I don’t know if my mother would give her blessings for such a film. But it could potentially be the best biopic ever.”

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