Press Trust of India
January 15, 2013 17:28 IST
Saif Ali Khan assumed the honorary title of the 10th Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony in October 2011
Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan says he
does not believe in titles and is still getting used to being
referred to as a Nawab.
The 42-year-old actor assumed the honorary title of the
10th Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony in October 2011, following
the death of his father Mansoor Ali Khan.
"Nawab of Pataudi just reminds me of my father and
somehow does not sound right in reference to me. I do take it
seriously but I don't really believe in titles. We are a
democratic country and the time for such titles is gone. I
don't think it suits a film actor," Saif told PTI during a
visit to London to promote his next film Race 2.
His father, the former cricketer referred to as Tiger
Pataudi, was to have an annual lecture named after him but the
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to
formalise plans around it.
Saif's mother, Sharmila Tagore, had written to BCCI
president N Srinivasan last November expressing her
displeasure over the reluctance to officially name the
India-England series after her late husband and the delay in
instituting the Pataudi Memorial Lecture.
"I'm not sure what the BCCI is doing but Lord's
(Marylebone Cricket Club) has named the India-England trophy
after my father. They also had an amazing evening at the Long
Room last year to celebrate his life, which he would have been
very proud of. I think that is enough," Saif said in reference
to the MCC's decision to commission the Pataudi Trophy back in
2007 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first-ever
India-England Test series in 1932.
However, the BCCI has maintained the trophy was already
named after Anthony De Mello, the board's first secretary, and
continues to be called the De Mello Trophy in India.
Saif returns as Ranvir Singh in the sequel to his 2008
box office hit when Race 2, which also stars John Abraham,
Anil Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.
This will be his first release after his wedding with
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor in October last year. The
film, described as a revenge drama cum heist thriller, has
been directed by Abbas-Mustan.
"Sequels are quite fashionable now and the pressure was
on to make this a cooler and better film. The story has a
slight thread of the first film but it is not necessary to
have seen Race to enjoy Race 2.
"While playing the same character was mentally easier, it
was physically more demanding as this one has far more
action. We were on a very Spartan diet and John (Abraham) was
a real influence on us. We worked really hard, which is why I
can now relax and have a beer in London," said the actor.
Saif received a special welcome to London from the city's
mayor, Boris Johnson.
"I'm thrilled that Saif Ali Khan is coming to London to
support an eagerly-anticipated Bollywood film. As well as
offering superb production facilities and unbeatable
backdrops, London offers a massive audience for Bollywood
films, and I want Indian filmmakers to think of it as their
home from home," said Johnson, who had met a number of
filmmakers during a visit to Mumbai last year to promote the
city as a shooting location.
Film London chief executive Adrian Wootton added, "India
is a very important, thriving and fertile market and we want
to make sure Indian filmmakers keep coming back to make more
movies here. The city offers tax incentives under the
co-production treaty, besides a wide variety of locations.
"We are here to troubleshoot and ensure the most cost
effective shooting experience. We have helped block whole
roads in the past for Bollywood dance sequences."
Saif, who described the city as his "second home", has
produced and shot a number of films in London.