Saif Ali Khan, the Bollywood actor was made the tenth Nawab (Muslim prince) of Pataudi on Monday, in a private ceremony, in his ancestral palace.
According to their family custom, the 41-year-old Saif was crowned the Nawab at the Pataudi Palace in Haryanastate, after the chahallum and rasam pagri (coronation ceremony). The ceremony was attended by the representatives of
52 villages, who came to greet and honour him. Chahallum was arranged to mark the 40 days of mourning of Mansoor Ali Khan’s death.
"I don’t intend to flaunt my title. I will carry on the responsibility and not get carried away by its charisma. I have to live up to my father’s memory. I will carry on the work he started," the actor said, adding, "I don’t have
any political ambitions at all."
He was made new Nawab of the former princely state, following the death of his father Mansoor Ali Khan, on September 22, at the age of 70. The late Mansoor Ali had been a remarkable cricketer of Indian team, who died of a severe
Owing to his brilliant fielding, he was named as “Tiger Pataudi” and he had also been great captain of Indian team. Mansoor was the last Nawab who reigned from 1952 to 1971. The reports have revealed that the residents of Pataudi
wanted Saif to take over as a new Nawab, to keep up the old family traditions.
The chiefs of the village tied a turban around Saif’s head, which is considered as symbol of Nawab’s family. He was also given gifts and a turban by the representatives of the village, who accepted him as their Nawab.
"I express my gratitude to the people. My family is in grief due to the untimely death of Sarkar Abba,” added chief.
Saif, who had decided to marry Bollywood top star Kareena Kappor in the mid February and had also selected the venue but now the marriage is postponed till the end of 2012 because the Pataudi family has delayed all the celebrations
to mourn the death of Mansoor Ali.
The Bollywood star said that he had accepted the title on the high request of his village representatives; but he would not want to use the title ‘Nawab’ before his name.