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If final cut matches expectations, actor-producer Saif Ali Khan says he will dedicate Agent Vinod to late father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Agent Vinod will be Saif Ali Khan’s first release since his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passed away on September 22, 2011. And the actor says he would like to dedicate his spy thriller, Agent Vinod, to him. “I’m considering it. I’ve spoken to Sriram (director Sriram Raghavan) who said, `Yeah sure.’ I probably will, I’m just waiting to see the final cut. It has to be worthy of him,“ Saif says with a smile.

The star-producer admits his father never watched Hindi movies and never discussed work with him, believing that’s why he has a life away from films when he’s not shooting. “He only saw Omkara (2006), but didn’t understand much because of the dialect. I think my mother (Sharmila Tagore) made him watch Parineeta (2005). But I remember sitting with him through Clint Eastwood movies like Dirty Harry (1971),“ Saif recalls.

Agent Vinod is being hyped as a `desi’ Bond movie, but Saif insists that his secret service agent is not copying 007. “That wouldn’t be a clever idea,“ he quips, adding, “He’s an original, and is sent out on a mission, using his training, strengths and personality to get out of trouble, eventually saving the day.“

Saif points out a crucial difference, saying, “He doesn’t even have a line like, `The name’s Bond, James Bond.’ Our writers were clear that Agent Vinod didn’t need gadgets or glib one-liners.“

Rumours have it that Saif had a fallout with his producer partner, Dinesh Vijan. Quiz him on this and he laughs, “There’s a gossipy lot out there.
Cinematically, we’re on the same page. You could put us in different rooms and we’d perhaps react in a similar manner, which is reassuring.“ He admits they argue often, but over small issues: “Nothing major or monumental.“

Speculation is also rife that the movie has gone grossly over-budget. But Saif says it’s not worrying.
“Yes, we jumped into production six months before we should have. We could have saved a little money if we were more organised.

But we only shot for 110 days and it’s a wrap!“ On a lighter note, he adds, “Dinesh is the one with the MBA degree, so now it’s up to him to ensure that we make a little money on this movie.“

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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.

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.

Actor Saif Ali Khan, who has been annointed the 10th Nawab of Pataudi, says he’s honoured and hopes to carry his late father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s legacy forward in a responsible manner.
“I’m overwhelmed with the kindness and simplicity the village heads have shown me and my family and the respect to my late father. This is a huge responsibility for me to take my father’s legacy forward in whatever way I can,” Saif said in a statement.
“This is a deeply personal part of my life. Princely titles no longer exist, but family values and tradition do…I shall be conscious of this always and do the best I can for Pataudi,” he added.
Saif was Monday anointed the 10th Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony at the family’s Ibrahim Palace in Pataudi. Heads of various villages of the area tied a white turban (pagri) around his head to annoint him the new nawab. His mother Sharmila Tagore and sisters Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan were also present.
The 41-year-old’s father, popularly known as Tiger Pataudi, passed away Sep 22 in New Delhi’s Sir Gangaram Hospital after battling a severe lung infection.

Just a few days after the passing away of ‘Tiger’ Pataudi, his beta Saif Ali Khan is back on the set of a film. Like girlfriend Kareena Kapoor says, “There’s nothing like work to help you cope with stress.

It just diverts your mind for those few hours and then, you can deal with it better. It takes you longer to get over whatever pain you are feeling if you are just sitting at home and moping around. I think the best thing to do no matter what tragedy you are facing in life, is to show up at work.” We endorse that too.