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It was an evening of discussions as cricketing legends like Kapil Dev, Ian Chappell and Mike Brearley arrived for the latest edition of the Raj Singh Dungarpur summit. Saif Ali Khan and mom Sharmila Tagore marked their presence on behalf of the late Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. Chappell delivered a welcome address and turned it into a tribute to Pataudi. Mike Brearley delivered the main lecture while Sanjay Manjrekar and Ajay Jadeja participated in the panel discussion. Kapil on his part announced the formation of a Raj Singh Dungarpur
foundation.

Prateik may have stopped playing cricket a while ago, but he remains a huge fan of legendary cricketer, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who is his Aarakshan co-star, Saif Ali Khan’s father.

Naturally, when Prateik started working with Saif in Prakash Jha’s upcoming film, the duo bonded over the game. And although, Saif and Prateik share screen space for the first time in Aarakshan, they soon became close pals, thanks to the sport.

In fact, Prateik has given a special bat to his co-star to get it autographed by his father. According to Prateik, Pataudi Sr. had a “very unique and special talent.” Saif too, was quite impressed with Prateik’s knowledge and passion for the gentleman’s game. “Cricket has always been my favourite sport.

For me, bonding sessions with Saif started when he discovered that I was a cricket fanatic. I have asked him for a huge favour. Since I am a big fan of Pataudi sir, I have requested Saif to get me his father’s autograph on my favourite bat,” says Prateik. Although surprised Saif immediately agreed to fulfill the request, as Prateik wanted to showcase the autographed bat in his bedroom.

The actor’s bonding over the game has been so thick, that on the sets of Aarakshan, Saif even taught his co-star a special trick. Since Prateik has been a fast bowler, Saif decided to teach him the trick of throwing a tennis ball hard on the pitch to make it move like a season ball. Saif had learned this trick from his father.

Not many are aware that Prateik has been a fast bowler for his school and state teams. In fact, till his college days, he apparently wanted to be a pace bowler and a pinch-hitter like Irfan Pathan. But when he reached standard 12, he finally quit playing cricket to concentrate on acting.

His mother is an actor. So is his younger sister Soha and he is one, of course. Now it turns out that Saif Ali Khan’s dad, former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, is as immaculate in front of the camera as he is on the field.

Saif recalled his experience of shooting commercials with his dad and said: “I used to get quite conscious when I was shooting with my father because may be I was a lot younger that time… but mind you my father is a very good actor.”

So will he explore his dad’s acting side in any film now that he’s also a producer?

“He isn’t that great, you know… with all due respect,” the actor added frankly.