A composed Saif Ali Khan offered prayers with Muslim clerics at on Friday afternoon even as hundreds of men, women, youth and children jostled to catch a glimpse of the mortal remains of his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
The ladies of the family —Pataudi’s wife Sharmila Tagore, daughters Saba and Soha, and Saif’s partner actor Kareena Kapoor — watched from the balcony of the immaculate Ibrahim Palace as the late Nawab’s body was laid to rest next to his parents at the family burial ground.
Tiger Pataudi passed away in New Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram hospital on Thursday evening after battling severe lung infection for the last few days. He was 70 years old.
In the morning, at the family’s Vasant Vihar residence, a large number of people, including senior politicians, celebrities, film stars, cricketers and cricket administrators had paid their last respects. Later in the day, the family journeyed to the small township in Haryana, 26 km from Gurgaon city, with the body. The Nawab’s two sisters and many other relatives, some of who came from Pakistan, accompanied the family.
The mortal remains were placed in the centre of the main hall of the Ibrahim Palace for public viewing.
Before the burial ceremony, a namaaz was offered at the local mosque in the presence of family members and close friends.
“He was such a humble man despite attaining such heights in all fields. The social work done by him through his family trusts has helped children, especially girls, in getting education and healthcare facilities. He will always be remembered for his great deeds,” said a Muslim cleric present at the burial ceremony.
Saif thanked friends, family and fans who extended support following his father's death.