Dad had always inspired me: Soha Ali Khan

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  • Mansoor

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  • Pataudi

    He was educated at Welham Boys' School in Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire, Winchester College, and Balliol College, Oxford.

  • Pataudi

    His father died on Mansoor's 11th birthday in 1952.

  • Nawab Pataudi

    Nawab Pataudi could play the tabla and harmonium.

  • Pataudi

    Pataudi Sr wrote to Junior in England: "Beware of fast women & fast horses." Son: "Father, I know nothing about horses."

  • Mansoor married Sharmila Tagore

    On 27 December 1969, Mansoor married Sharmila Tagore.

  • Pataudi

    Pataudi, 70, was admitted to the hospital in August with acute lung infection.

  • Mansoor Ali Khan

    In June 2005, Mansoor Ali Khan was arrested for poaching an endangered Blackbuck. He was released on bail after two days in jail.

  • Mansoor

    On Mansoor's birthday last year, Sharmila had put together an audiovisual presentation on him that was screened at the bash. The video included memorable moments ...

Nothing can help you deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one. Ask actor Soha Ali Khan who lost her father, India’s legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, seven months ago. Reluctantly, talking about her loss for the first time, Soha opens up. “There are certain things that change you forever. I don’t want to get over with it. Birth and death happen every day. But it doesn’t affect one as much as when it happens to those close to you,” she says.

“Dad had always inspired me,” says Soha, adding that Pataudi had lost vision in one eye at the start of his cricketing career when he was just 20. His tale, Soha says, was an exemplar of the triumph of the human spirit. He overcame the disability, went on to become the captain to the Indian cricket team.

The loss of Tiger Pataudi seems to have changed Soha for the better.

She says, “Since dad, there have been so many deaths. It has made me more sensitive and aware about how final life is.” Ask her if time has healed the sadness and she says, “It’s impossible to get over a loved one’s death. I don’t want to forget, get over or make my peace with it now or later. I wanted it to change me as a person. It changed my perspective on what is important in life and what isn’t.”

The actor also admits that earlier, she was far more involved in day-to-day things like making money, being successful and dealing with the stresses of life like buying a house and putting on weight. But now she makes it a point to have a balance.

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