Saif Ali Khan takes the reins of carrying forward his royal legacy at the Bhopal Pataudi Polo Tournament held in Delhi, that was very close to his father’s heart

What everyone missed in the form of the late Tiger Pataudi, they found in the presence of the whole Pataudi family. On Sunday afternoon, at the first Bhopal Pataudi Polo Tournament held post Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s demise this September, the entire Pataudi clan, including Sharmila Tagore, Saif Ali Khan and soon-to-be begum Kareena Kapoor, and sisters Soha and Saba Ali Khan, made it a point to attend the tournament’s finals.

While the family was especially emotional, it was chhote nawab Saif who explained the reason behind the entire family’s attendance. “This (the tournament) means a lot to me. Especially this year; it’s a memorial for my father. Horses and polo are very closely associated with Pataudi and Bhopal. The next time, I’ll make this event much bigger; I’ll get in more sponsors. But again, this year, it’s purely in memory of my father,” he told us.

All the while, Kareena seemed much like a part of the family, making conversation with a number of guests and enjoying the match sitting among the Pataudis. She also threw in the ball at the beginning of the finals and gave away prizes to the winners along with Sharmila, Soha, Saba and Saif.

Soha expressed a sentiment similar to that of Saif’s, and said, “Polo is a sport that my father and grandfather were extremely passionate about. I’m so happy that my brother is taking it upon himself and pushing it forward.” After this, the actress paused for a while, and said, “We miss him today.”

It was the first time in 16 years that Tiger wasn’t present for the this tournament. “Most of his photos that were printed in papers across the country and abroad after his demise were clicked right here, on this polo ground (Jaipur Polo Ground), and today, he’s not with us,” said the commentator, followed by, “We miss you Tiger.” Then everyone present there observed a moment of silence as a mark of respect for the late Nawab.

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