Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Saif Ali Khan's Familial History and Lineage

Amitabh Bachchan's blog post got me interested in reading about Saif Ali Khan's lineage. Here's the relevant part from AB's blog:
I take him back to New Delhi and his grandmother and her sports convertible E - Type white Jaguar, which she drove herself into the Teen Murti House, the official residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru . We being jaw dropping spectators inside the House on many occasions as she regally drove in. Begum Pataudi, mother to Tiger Pataudi, father to Saif, strong and graceful in demeanor. Can never forget that image.
Most of you might know that Saif is the son of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore. Here are somethings you may not know:

About Sharmila Tagore:
  • Sharmila is a grand niece of Rabindranath Tagore
  • She converted to Islam and changed her name to Ayesha Sultana
  • She was born into a Bengali family in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
About Mansoor Khan Pataudi (Tiger):
  • The Begum Pataudi, Amitabh was referring to is, Tiger's mother Sajida Sultan. She belonged to the well-known House of Bhopal. She became the Nawab Begum of Bhopal after the death of her father, Nawab Hamidullah Khan
  • Tiger is the son of Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, 8th Nawab of Pataudi and ex-Captain of Indian Cricket Team
  • His great-uncle was Pakistani general Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan Pataudi
About Saif Ali Khan:
  • He has two kids with Amrita Singh. Sarah Ali Khan, born September 1995 and Ibrahim Ali Khan, born March 2001.
An old interview with Saif's parents in 'The Hindu' here about their history.