Saif Ali Khan will be annointed the next nawab of Pataudi, after his father former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan, his sister Saba Ali Khan confirmed today (October 24).
Saba -- patron of the Auqaf-e-Shahi or the body managing the religious and charitable endowments of the erstwhile princely state of Pataudi - put an end to speculation over Saif's reluctance to be the next nawab.
"After forty days of Abba's demise, a simple pagdi ceremony will be held at Pataudi village (in Gurgaon), in which Saif will be declared the next nawab of Patuadi," she said.
However, she did not reveal the date of the function. "The date and time has not been finalised yet as it will be decided by Amma (actress Sharmila Tagore) 40 days after Abba's demise," she added.
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passed away on September 22 in Delhi. Pataudi, whose mother was the daughter of the last nawab of Bhopal, Hamidullah Khan, was born in Bhopal and was the mutawalli (patron) of the Auqaf-e-Shahi.