Saif Ali Khan will soon be crowned as the tenth Nawab of Pataudi after his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi demise.
Even though the title ‘Nawab’ is no longer recognized by the Indian Government, a small Ceremony will be held crowing Saif Ali Khan more due to sentimental reasons.
"These titles are no longer recognized by the government. And rightly so, if you ask. But the people in our villages are sentimental about these things. The ceremony is more of a family tradition and hugely symbolic for the people of Pataudi,” said Saif Ali Khan to TOI.
"Being crowned the Nawab means taking care of my father's estate, our ancestral home and the trust. More importantly, I will have to continue the work he was doing for the villagers. I have to look after the eye hospital and other charitable institutions father was managing,” he added.
The region of Pataudi has been ruled by Saif’s forefather from the 19th centaury. The Nawabs, who were Governors of a province during the Mughal era, retained their princely states during the British Rule.
Saif Ali Khan though refused to use the title of ‘Nawab’.
"It is an anachronism. And also, I would like to remember my father as the last Nawab of Pataudi," said Saif Ali Khan.
"The event will take place in Pataudi, of course. It is scheduled for the end of this month, 40 days after father passed away," he concluded.