Saif Ali Khan – the 10th Nawab of Pataudi

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Pataudi: Saif Ali Khan was anointed the tenth Nawab of Pataudi yesterday at his ancestral palace in Pataudi.

Saif was anointed as the Nawab in a ceremony over a month after his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passed away.

The Bollywood actor was made the Nawab at a ‘pagdi’ ceremony at the Ibrahim Palace, where heads of 52 villages tied a white turban around his head as mother Sharmila Tagore, sisters Saba and Soha looked on. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present.

Saif, 41-year-old, has been given the honorary title that was held by his father, who died on September 22 following chronic lung infection.

The actor was initially reluctant to take on the title of ‘Nawab’, a title no longer recognised by the government, but gave in to the tradition to honour the sentiments of villagers.

As the new Nawab, Saif Ali Khan will have to take care of his father’s estate, their ancestral home, eye hospital and other charitable institutions.