Being a nawab is huge responsibility: Saif

Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 16:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Actor Saif Ali Khan, who has been annointed the 10th Nawab of Pataudi, says he`s honoured and hopes to carry his late father Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi`s legacy forward in a responsible manner.

"I`m overwhelmed with the kindness and simplicity the village heads have shown me and my family and the respect to my late father. This is a huge responsibility for me to take my father`s legacy forward in whatever way I can," Saif said in a statement.

"This is a deeply personal part of my life. Princely titles no longer exist, but family values and tradition do...I shall be conscious of this always and do the best I can for Pataudi," he added.

Saif was Monday anointed the 10th Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony at the family`s Ibrahim Palace in Pataudi. Heads of various villages of the area tied a white turban (pagri) around his head to annoint him the new nawab. His mother Sharmila Tagore and sisters Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan were also present.

The 41-year-old`s father, popularly known as Tiger Pataudi, passed away Sep 22 in New Delhi`s Sir Gangaram Hospital after battling a severe lung infection.