Saif Ali Khan is the current Nawab of Pataudi. And his wife, actor Kareena Kapoor Khan, is taking her duties as the begum quite seriously. The actor, whose family owns the Pataudi Palace (also known as Ibrahim Kothi) in Haryana, is taking personal interest in the restoration of the historical property along with her mother-in-law, yesteryear actor Sharmila Tagore.
We have also learnt that Saif-Kareena’s new apartment — which they bought in December, 2013 — is also being done up at the moment, and that Kareena is also looking into the interior design of the place. The duo is likely to move in there by the end of the year.
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"Of late, Kareena has had a packed work schedule, thanks to the shooting of Rohit Shetty’s next action-thriller with Ajay Devgn, and an ad shoot in Bucharest, Romania. She has been juggling her assignments around to make time and team up with her mother-in-law to refurbish the 10-bedroom Pataudi Palace," says an insider close to the Khans.
It’s believed that Kareena is quite enthusiastic about working to restore the Pataudi Palace to its former glory. She is even keeping Saif in the know about the progress on the project. The insider adds, "Both Kareena and Sharmilaji are taking a keen interest in the project. In fact, a few days ago — before flying off to Bucharest — Kareena even spent two days in the town of Pataudi with her mom-in-law for the project, post which, she came back and joined Ajay and Rohit for the film shoot."
In the past, Saif and Kareena’s wedding reception took place in the palace in 2012. Despite repeated attempts, Kareena couldn’t be reached for comment.
As a shoot location
The Pataudi Palace has served as a shoot location for several Bollywood films, such as Veer Zaara (2004), Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), Rang De Basanti (2006), Gandhi My Father (2007), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Raanjhanaa (2013). The Julia Roberts-starrer Hollywood hit, Eat Pray Love (2010), was also shot here.