Actor Saif Ali Khan, who is planning to make a film on late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, says his father was like a prince and he is like him in some ways.
“He is a very special person. We have a memory of an amazing role model. He never told us what to do, he had expectations and we tried to lead by it. He had a funny sense of humour. He was like a prince, dignified and very down to earth person, who respected money and people,” Saif told PTI.
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was the titular Nawab of Pataudi from 1952, until 1971.
On making film on Pataudi, Saif said, “I am still working on it (the film). We are trying to find as much footage as we can, as there was not much footage available in those days. There are things but I haven’t found much. Once we get it we will make it,” Saif said.
Saif would like to highlight the 60s phase of his father’s life in the film.
“I think he liked the 60s phase. He thought it the best phase as he was playing his best cricket. I think his life was cricket and I think, he was little unhappy when he couldn’t play. He was not attached to things,” he added.
Like father, like son, the ‘Agent Vinod’ actor does thinks he is like his father in some ways.
“I think I am also a bit like him as I am detached (from things). I enjoy the idea of living the life properly than following what people think I should be doing. I think it is important to spend time with family, go on holiday with them and do what you like. And these are something in me like my father,” he said.
Ask him if he is like his father when it comes to parenting his kids, he says, “I think a little bit. I give them lot of space and don’t interfere in their lives too much. I think you can’t control kids beyond a point.”
Of late, there have been speculations of Saif’s elder daughter Sara acting in films but the actor rubbishes such reports.
“I don’t think she is planning about it. She has just finished her first year in University in America. After getting a degree from Columbia she can do whatever she wants. I will support her in whatever she wants to do,” said the 43-year-old actor.
Asked whether Sara has shown any interest in films, the doting father said, “No not really. She takes it as a compliment. I think she gets excited about the idea. But with what she is doing now has nothing to do with films.”