Saif Ali Khan declared the next nawab of Pataudi

Saif Ali Khan was anointed the next Pataudi in a simple pagdi ceremony held at Pataudi village © Getty Images

Pataudi (Haryana): Oct 31, 2011

 

Filmstar Saif Ali Khan, son of former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan, was anointed the tenth Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony at his ancestral palace on Monday.

 

The 41-year-old actor was made the Nawab at a ‘pagdi’ ceremony this morning at the Ibrahim Palace where heads of 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 has been given the title after his father, former Indian captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, passed away on September 22.

 

Saif’s sister Saba Ali Khan, patron of the Auqaf-e-Shahi or the body managing the religious and charitable endowments of the erstwhile princely state, had said last week that he would be sworn in as the Nawab of Pataudi once the forty days of mourning are over.

 

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, whose mother was the daughter of the last nawab of Bhopal, Hamidullah Khan, was born in Bhopal and was the mutawalli (patron) of the Auqaf-e-Shahi. (PTI)