Saif Ali Khan Shares What He Does When He Misses Tiger Pataudi, Recalls Him Telling Funny Stories

Saif Ali Khan recently talked about his dad, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and shared the kind of a person the late cricketer was.


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Saif Ali Khan Shares What He Does When He Misses Tiger Pataudi, Recalls Him Telling Funny Stories

Veteran actress, Sharmila Tagore got married to Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi back in 1968. After two years of marital bliss, Sharmila and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi welcomed their baby boy, Saif Ali Khan into their lives. After that, their family was completed with their baby girls, Soha and Saba Ali Khan. It was in 2011 when Tiger bid farewell to the world by leaving his legacy behind for his wife and children. Sharmila, time and again, has talked about her late husband, Mansoor, while Saif Ali Khan rarely opened up about the same. And on the special occasion of Father's Day, 2024, Saif divulged details about his late father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

Saif Ali Khan reveals where he finds solace every time he misses his father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

As per Zoom, Saif Ali Khan, in a recent interview, talked about his father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. The actor shared that whenever he misses his father, he just finds solace in the old writings and documents that featured his late father. Recalling his childhood memories, Saif mentioned that when he was a little kid, he used to look at books about cricket. The actor said that he used to feel proud upon watching his father and grandfather, i.e., the Pataudis, on the pages of these books. 

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Saif Ali Khan talked about Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and revealed the kind of a person he was

Saif said that his father has achieved a lot with even his one eye. For those who are unaware, Mansoor Ali Khan was traveling in a train back in 1961, when he faced an accident. At that time, a broken windscreen damaged his right eye permanently. Saif recalled the kind of a person his father was. To this, the actor revealed that Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was very cool at all times. Saif also added that his father used to tell them funny stories and that his support meant the world to his kids and his teammates. Saif can be quoted as saying:

"As a person he was cool under fire, very calm at all times. He told the funniest stories and his quiet support would mean the world to us, his children, as it did to his teammates.”

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Saif Ali Khan heaps praises on his father, Mansoor Ali Khan

A father is always a 'king' to their kids. The way these kings protect their children from all the storms outside automatically generates a never-ending and unquestionable love in the hearts of the little ones, and they feel proud about everything that their fathers do. So is the case with Saif Ali Khan, who couldn't help but shower his father's unbreakable charm on the cricket fields and his cricketing mettle. Saif said:

"I think if he had played today, the media would have loved him and that quiet but stellar demeanour of his, that unique open batting stance, with the bat lifting unorthodoxly towards the gully but magically straightening at the last moment before contacting the ball. And that hat he wore rakishly angled across his bad eye. No one in the history of the sport has ever come back from that kind of accident and got hundreds against England and Australia. It’s the greatest sporting comeback in the history of the game.”

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Saif Ali Khan talks about Mansoor Ali Khan's legacy

Talking about his father's legacy, Saif Ali Khan stated that his dad's legacy and family had always been with them. Talking about his father's experience in life, Saif added how Tiger Pataudi had an incredible life around the world, from the great cricket grounds to his Delhi home and more. In Saif's words:

"His legacy to us, his family, is always with us: a sense of honour and poise; style and dignity with all things. He had an incredible life I think: from the jungles and palaces of Bhopal to the rarefied atmosphere of Winchester and Oxford, to the great cricket grounds all over the world to his home in Delhi where he would lounge in his kurta lungi, reading, and watching birds and squirrels in the garden through his window."

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