It was a “rich upbringing,” according to Saif Ali Khan, who added that there was no inheritance. He claimed he had to work hard to reclaim Pataudi Palace, which he claims he inherited.
Many of Saif Ali Khan’s fans refer to him as “the Nawab,” yet the Pataudi family scion reportedly admitted in an old interview that “there was no inheritance,” merely a privileged upbringing. The actor further said that he had to ‘earn back’ the Pataudi Palace, which he was supposed to inherit.
“I’ve learned that you cannot argue against narratives – whether or not they’re real,” Saif stated in an interview with Mid-Day when asked if he is a self-made actor. People have a preconceived impression of something. In fact, when my father [Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi] died, the Pataudi [palace] was rented out to Neemrana Hotels.
[The hotel] used to be run by Aman [Nath] and Francis [Wacziarg]. Francis was no longer alive. He’d told I could let him know if I wanted [the palace] back. I said, “I’d like it back.” They organised a meeting and told everyone, “OK, you have to pay us a lot of money!”
The actor revealed that he had to’re-purchase’ the home with his own funds. He went on to say that he was able to do so because he had earned the money to do so. “As a result, even the mansion I was supposed to receive has been paid for with money from movies.
You can’t rely on the past to survive. We couldn’t in our family, at least, because there was nothing. History, culture, stunning images, and, of course, some land are all present. It’s been a fortunate upbringing. “However, there has been no inheritance,” he clarified.
Saif Ali Khan most recently appeared in Bunty Aur Babli 2 alongside Rani Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Sharvari Wagh.