Saif Ali Khan is one of the leading actors of the Hindi film industry, which is also referred to as Bollywood. He was born on August 16, 1970 to the erstwhile Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who is regarded as one of the best cricketers and captains of India and Sharmila Tagore, one of the leading ladies of Bollywood and the present head of the Censor Board.
Early Life and Heritage of Saif Ali Khan
Khan belongs to a Muslim Pashtun family from his paternal side and has a Hindu Bengali lineage from his mother’s side. Sharmila Tagore is the great-grandniece of Rabindranath Tagore who is the first non-European to have received the Nobel Prize in literature.
His paternal grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, has the rare distinction of playing for both England and India. His paternal grandmother Sajida Sultan, the Begum of Bhopal and the former Pakistani general Nawabzada Sher Ali Khan Pataudi is his great uncle.
He has two sisters, sisters Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan. Soha herself is a well known actress. Khan grew up in an Islamic atmosphere and used to study the Holy Quran as a child. His grandmother played a major role in his religious education, which was a key factor in the way he was brought up.
However, he has also revealed that his family is liberal when it comes to religion – he has conceded that even though his daughter was born into a Muslim household he will not choose her religious orientation, something that substantiates his opinions.
Saif started his education at Lawrence School Sanawar and afterwards enrolled at the Lockers Park School, Hertfordshire. He also attended Winchester College, which was where his father also studied. He is fluent in English and Hindi.
Personal Life of Saif Ali Khan
He married Amrita Singh, a Bollywood colleague, during October 1991. They divorced in 2004 and have two children – daughter Sara Ali Khan and son Ibrahim Ali Khan. He dated Italian-Swiss model Rosa Catalano for three years following his divorce with Amrita.
Saif was hospitalized on February 18, 2007 following chest pain at the Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai. He had been preparing to perform at the Stardust Awards that were slated to be staged that night. This experience led him to leave smoking.
He has been in a relationship with fellow Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor from October 2007 onwards. Their impending marriage has always been a major talking point for the entertainment media of India and Khan has always expressed that they are very close to each other and marriage will just be to validate their relationship from a social point of view.
Saif’s father passed away on September 22, 2011, after which he had to formally become the 10th Nawab of Pataudi. After 1971 the title does not have any official or legal status as such but he still accepted to appease the villagers’ sentiments.
Bollywood star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the knot on 16th October 2012 in a quiet affair after a five-year courtship. Saif Ali Khan sealed his relationship Kareena Kapoor at his residence in Bandra through a registered marriage. The three witnesses were Kareena’s father Randhir Kapoor, her mother Babita and Saif’s mother Sharmila.
The marriage took place in the presence of close friends and family. After the registered marriage, Saif and Kareena also had a nikaah, which took place at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai which was followed by a party. The couple who started dating back in 2007, had officially declared their intention to get married in the beginning of 2012.
Major Tours of Saif Ali Khan
- 2004 – Temptations 2004 world tour with Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Rani Mukherji, Priyanka Chopra, and Preity Zinta
- 2005 – HELP! Telethon Concert to generate funds for 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake victims
- 2006 – Heat 2006 world concert with Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, Preity Zinta, and Celina Jaitley.
- Closing Ceremony of 2006 Commonwealth Games along with Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherji
Career Highlights of Saif Ali Khan
|1993||Aashiq Awara, Pehchaan|
|1994||Imtihaan, Yeh Dillagi, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Yaar Gaddar, Aao Pyaar Karen||Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for Aashiq Awara|
|1995||Surakshaa||Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Main Khiladi Tu Anari|
|1996||Ek Tha Raja, Bambai Ka Babu, Tu Chor Main Sipahi, Dil Tera Diwana|
|1998||Keemat: They Are Back, Humse Badhkar Kaun|
|1999||Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, Kachche Dhaage, Aarzoo, Biwi No.1, Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United|
|2000||Kya Kehna||Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Kachche Dhaage|
|2001||Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, Dil Chahta Hai, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein||Sansui Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role for Dil Chahta Hai|
|2002||Na Tum Jaano Na Hum||Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Dil Chahta Hai, IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award for Dil Chahta Hai, Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Dil Chahta Hai, Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actor for Dil Chahta Hai|
|2004||Ek Hasina Thi, Hum Tum||Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Kal Ho Naa Ho, Filmfare Motorola “Moto Look of the Year” for Kal Ho Naa Ho, IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award for Kal Ho Naa Ho, Zee Cine Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Kal Ho Naa Ho, Sansui Awards, Best Supporting Actor for Kal Ho Naa Ho|
|2005||Parineeta, Salaam Namaste||National Film Award for Best Actor for Hum Tum, Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Hum Tum, Sports World “Jodi of the Year” along with Rani Mukerji for Hum Tum||Star Screen Award Best Actor for Hum Tum, Star Screen Award Best Villain for Ek Hasina Thi, IIFA Best Actor Award for Hum Tum, IIFA Best Villain Award for Ek Hasina Thi, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role for Hum Tum, and Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Ek Hasina Thi|
|2006||Being Cyrus, Omkara||Sports World “Jodi of the Year” along with Preity Zinta for Salaam Namaste, Global Indian Film Awards Best Villain for Omkara||Filmfare Best Actor Award for Parineeta, Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Preity Zinta for Salaam Namaste, IIFA Best Actor Award for Salaam Namaste, IIFA Best Actor Award for Parineeta, and Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Parineeta|
|2007||Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Nehlle Pe Dehlla, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Om Shanti Om||Filmfare Best Villain Award for Omkara, IIFA Best Villain Award for Omkara, Star Screen Award Best Villain for Omkara, Sports World Awards, Best Actor in a Negative Role for Omkara, Stardust Awards, Best Actor in a Negative Role for Omkara, and Bollywood Movie Award – Best Villain for Omkara||Stardust Star of the Year Award – Male for Omkara|
|2008||Race, Tashan, Woodstock Villa, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Roadside Romeo Awards – Rajiv Gandhi Award for Achievement in Films|
|2009||Sanam Teri Kasam, Love Aaj Kal, Kurbaan|
|2010||Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India||Filmfare Best Actor Award for Love Aaj Kal, and IIFA Best Actor Award for Love Aaj Kal|
|2012||Agent Vinod||Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actor for Aarakshan|