Actor Saif Ali Khan has stated that reviews of him shopping for again his ancestral residence — the Pataudi Palace — from a lodge chain are a ‘large exaggeration’. He stated that the property is ‘priceless’, and disputed the reported Rs 800 crore price ticket.
In an interview, Saif stated that since he already owned the property, he didn’t have to purchase it again from the Neemrana group, however there have been different monetary preparations made.
The actor, who lately returned to Mumbai after a fast go to to Pataudi, informed Mumbai Mirror that the estimated price is ‘an enormous exaggeration; a miscommunication actually’. He added, “It’s inconceivable to place a worth to it in financial phrases as a result of emotionally, the property is priceless. My grandparents and father are buried there, there’s safety, serenity and a non secular connection there for me. The land goes again by just a few centuries, however the palace that my grandfather constructed for my grandmother is round 100 years outdated. He was the ruling monarch then, however since then, privy purses and titles have been abolished. These are completely different occasions which is why my father leased it out and Francis (Wacziarg) and Aman (Nath), who ran a lodge within the palace, took excellent care of the property and had been like household. My mom (Sharmila Tagore) has a cottage there and he or she was at all times snug.”
Saif stated that the property was leased to Neemrana Lodges, however he felt a need to have it again within the household after his father’s demise. “So, after I was provided the prospect, I wrapped up the lease that was left, paid up and took possession of our residence once more. It was a good monetary association and opposite to reviews, I didn’t have to purchase it again as a result of I already owned it. In my teenage years, I used to be the black sheep, so, it feels good now to do that for the household and our heritage,” the actor stated, including that he rents out sure parts of the property for movie shoots, in order that it may well maintain itself.
Beforehand, in an interview to Mid-Day, Saif stated, “Individuals have a sure mounted notion. For that matter, even [with] Pataudi [palace], when my father died, it received rented to Neemrana Lodges. Aman [Nath] and Francis [Wacziarg] used to run [the hotel]. Francis handed away. He’d stated that if I needed (the palace) again, I might let him know. I stated: ‘I would like it again’. They held a convention, and stated, ‘okay, it’s important to give us a lot of cash!’ Which I then consequently earned.”
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He added, “So, even the home I’m alleged to have inherited has been earned again by way of cash from movies. You possibly can’t stay off the previous. A minimum of we will’t in our household, as a result of there was nothing. There’s historical past, tradition, stunning images; and, after all, some land. It has been a privileged upbringing. However there’s been no inheritance.”
Saif described Pataudi Palace as a ‘largish, colonial, Lutyens Delhi-syle nation residence’ with seven bedrooms and exquisite gardens. He stated that the books have been restored, and the household portraits are again on the partitions.
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