When Saif Ali Khan said he didn’t inherit Pataudi Palace, earned it with money he made from movies

Saif Ali Khan had called it a ‘privileged upbringing’ while adding that there was no inheritance. He said he had to earn back Pataudi Palace, which people think he inherited.

Saif Ali Khan might be referred to as ‘the Nawab’ by many of his followers, but the scion of the Pataudi family had once revealed in an old interview that ‘there was no inheritance’,  only a privileged upbringing. The actor also said that he had to ‘earn back’ the house that he is supposed to have inherited, the Pataudi Palace.

Answering whether he is a self-made actor, Saif had said in an interview to Mid-Day, “I’ve learnt that you cannot argue against narratives — whether or not they’re true. People have a certain fixed notion. For that matter, even [with] Pataudi [palace], when my father [Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi] died, it got rented to Neemrana Hotels. Aman [Nath] and Francis [Wacziarg] used to run [the hotel]. Francis passed away. He’d said that if I wanted [the palace] back, I could let him know. I said: I want it back. They held a conference, and said, okay, you have to give us lots of money!”

The actor explained that he had to ‘re-buy’ the house with his own money. He added that he consequently earned the money to do so.  “So, even the house I’m supposed to have inherited has been earned back through money from films. You can’t live off the past. At least we can’t in our family, because there was nothing. There is history, culture, beautiful photographs; and, of course, some land. It has been a privileged upbringing. But there’s been no inheritance,” he explained.

Saif Ali Khan was last seen in the film Bunty Aur Babli 2, with Rani Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh.

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