Amitabh Bachchan opened up about cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s determination and courage to succeed in his career despite an unfortunate accident. In the latest episode of Bachchan’s quiz-hosted show Kaun Banega Crorepatihe spoke about Mansoor Ali Khan and his rise as a cricketer.
Bachchan said, “I want to tell you about a cricketer who lost one eye in an accident. He found it difficult to pour water for himself or drive a car. He thought this would be the end of his cricket career. But he challenged his situation and beliefs and made himself so capable that he could play cricket again. The result of this was that he became the youngest captain of the cricket team. Under his captaincy, he led India to score their first test win on international soil. The cricketer was Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. He taught us that if you can see your goal clearly, there is no power in the world that will keep you away from your ambitions.”
Mansoor Ali Khan, nicknamed ‘Tiger Pataudi’ married Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore in 1968 and the couple has three children, actors Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan and Saba Pataudi. On her birthday, Soha shared a video of her late father.
After the death of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi in 2011, Saif cleared the lease for their ancestral home, Pataudi Palace. In an earlier interview, Saif had told Bollywood Bubble about the arrangement, “My father rented it out and Francis (Wacziarg) and Aman (Nath), who ran a hotel there, took good care of the property. My mother (Sharmila Tagore) has a cottage there and she was always very comfortable. It was a reasonably economical arrangement and, contrary to reports, I didn’t have to buy it back because I already owned it.”