'I had a privileged upbringing, but there’s been no inheritance': Saif Ali Khan on how he had to buy back Pataudi Palace
A super successful digital debut, beautiful family, a palace of his own and a lot of promising projects in his kitty - it is easy to say that Bollywood's own royal Saif Ali Khan has it all. However, the actor himself recently revealed that his riches were not inherited but he earned those using the money he made from making films.
In a recent interview given to a news website, the actor said that despite being called a ‘Nawab’, he had to earn back his Pataudi Palace after it was rented to a hotel chain post the death of his father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.
“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!’ Which I then consequently earned.”
He went on to add, “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.”
On the work front, Saif is all set to be seen Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Jawaani Jaaneman and Lal Kaptaan.