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									SAIF ALI KHAN

Saif Ali Khan (born 16 August 1970)

is an Indian actor known for his work in

Bollywood films. He is the son of the cricket player and last titular
Nawab of Pataudi, late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, and actress
Sharmila Tagore, a great-grandniece of poet Rabindranath Tagore.

Having made his acting debut in 1992 with Parampara, Khan had
his first success with the 1994 films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Yeh
Dillagi. After going through several years of decline throughout the
1990s, he rose into prominence with his performance in Dil Chahta
Hai (2001), which marked his professional turning point. His work
in Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) won him the Filmfare Award for Best
Supporting Actor, and he was awarded the National Film Award for
Best Actor for his performance in Hum Tum (2004).

Khan subsequently had further mainstream success with films like
Salaam Namaste (2005) and Race (2008) and starred in critically
acclaimed projects such as Parineeta (2005), Being Cyrus and
Omkara (2006). In 2009, Khan branched out into film production
with his company Illuminati Films' first film Love Aaj Kal, which
became a box-office success. These accomplishments have
established him as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema. He was
awarded the Padma Shri civilian award by the Government of India
in 2010. Khan was married to actress Amrita Singh from 1991 to
2004, having two children together. His sister, Soha Ali Khan, is also
a film actress.

Saif Ali Khan is of Pashtun ancestry through the Nawabs of Pataudi
lineage from his father's side and of Hindu Bengali Tagore ancestry
from his mother's side. His paternal grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan
Pataudi, was the Nawab of Pataudi as well as an accomplished
cricketer who played for England and then for India as the captain
of the team.His paternal grandmother was Sajida Sultan, Begum of
Bhopal and his great-uncle was Pakistani general Nawabzada Sher
Ali Khan Pataudi. His father was Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, a
former captain of the Indian cricket team and the ninth Nawab of
Pataudi until the abolition of titles by India in 1971. Following the
death of his father, Saif Ali Khan was proclaimed the Nawab of
Pataudi by the villagers of Pataudi State in deference to tradition,
although the title carries no official or legal significance.

Khan has two sisters, Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan. Khan's
mother is Sharmila Tagore, a Bengali Indian film actress and a
member of Bengal's Tagore family. She is also the head of the Indian
film censorship board and the grand-niece of Nobel laureate
Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore converted to Islam from Hinduism
after her marriage to Khan's father, and changed her name to
Begum Ayesha Sultana. Khan spent his childhood in a Muslim
atmosphere, reading the Quran, with his grandmother Sajida
Sultan, Begum of Bhopal, being the centre of his religious education.
Khan says that "Religion played a major role in my upbringing."
Khan also states that his family is "cool or rather massively open–
minded about religious matters." For example, he acknowledges that
his daughter is born into a Muslim family, however he states that he
will not decide her religion for her.

Khan initially studied at the Lawrence School, Sanawar and later
attended Lockers Park School in Hertfordshire. He then followed in
his father's footsteps by attending Winchester College, an
independent school for boys in the UK. Khan can speak his native
languages of Hindi and Bengali fluently, as well as English.

								
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