Soha Ali Khan with daughter Inaaya in her armsNew Delhi:
When we talk about grand and expensive homes of Bollywood stars, the name of Shah Rukh Khan's Mannat or Amitabh Bachchan's Jalsa definitely comes up. One can assume that none of these houses is bigger than that of an actor who may not have got as much success in films but they have no answer in terms of property. Their house is actually a palace that can leave behind anyone's house in both size and price.
Who is this actor?
Pataudi Palace in Haryana... Hearing the name, you must have understood that we are talking about Saif Ali Khan. Saif Ali Khan owns his family palace Pataudi Palace. With this, he is the only star who has such an expensive and grand house. Pataudi Palace is an hour's drive from Gurgaon, adjacent to Delhi. Several reports have claimed that the price of this grand property is Rs 800 crore. In comparison, Shah Rukh's Mannat is worth Rs 200 crore, while Jalsa's market rate is said to be around Rs 120 crore.
History of Pataudi Palace
Pataudi Palace, officially called Ibrahim Kothi, was built by Saif's grandfather and former Indian cricketer Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi. The Nawab combined both the families and married the Begum of Bhopal, but he felt that their simple house did not suit the stature of his new bride. So he entrusted Robert Tor Russell with the responsibility to design a new mansion-like palace. This is how the palace took shape.
Did you know Saif had to buy back Pataudi Palace?
The palace belonged to Saif's father, former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. Before his death, the Nawab entered into an agreement with Francis Waczierg and Aman Nath, owners of the Neemrana Hotels network. Under this, this palace was leased to Neemrana Hotel Series for 17 years. After the death of the Nawab in 2011, the palace was rented out to Neemrana Hotels. Years later, in an interview to India Today, Saif recalled that before Francis left this world, he had said that if I want (Mahal) back, I can tell him. I said I want it back. After this, Saif paid a hefty price and took his palace in his name.