Did you know: Sharmila Tagore agreed to marry Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi under this special condition
First Published Dec 6, 2020, 2:13 PM IST
Sharmila Tagore is a renowned veteran actress in the Bollywood industry. She was married to Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who happened to be an Indian cricketer and skipper. The couple has three children: Saif Ali Khan (son), Soha Ali Khan (daughter) and Saba Ali Khan (daughter).
The connection between Bollywood and cricket is everlasting, and it probably gained recognition with this couple. The pair of renowned Bollywood actress and cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi is no new thing in the industry.
It was in 1969 when the couple went on to tie the knot, as they even had a couple of children going ahead. They have a son Saif Ali Khan, along with two daughters, Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan. While Saif and Soha are into the entertainment industry, Saba is into jewellery designing.
The couple has always been the happiest ones, while it was in 2011 when the Nawab of Pataudi passed away. However, have you ever wondered how much do you know about their relationship and wedding? Furthermore, you will be shocked to learn that Sharmila had a condition before she eventually tied the knot with the Nawab.
Let’s see. Mansoor happened to be the youngest captain to have ever led Team India, while Sharmila was one of the rising Bollywood actresses back then. It was in 1965 when the couple met for the first time. Eventually, they soon fell in love. However, their biggest challenge was to put the differences aside, of being from a different religion.
Ultimately, it was in 1969 when they decided to get hitched, as they did manage to put their religious differences aside, while their wedding was one of the most-talked upon topics in India back then. Nonetheless, prior to getting married, Sharmila had put a condition in front of Mansoor, which happened to be hitting three consecutive sixes in a match.
As weird as it sounds, we are not sure if the Nawab was happy or surprised by the condition. However, we do know that he agreed to it, while history speaks for himself.
Speaking on the same to Free Press Journal, Sharmila revealed “Well, it will depend on who the captains of the ship are – the producers and director. It is a good story, I think, with all the twists and the turns in his life…. father’s death, losing his eye after which his average came down from 60 to 30. To receive such a blow at such a young age…. I don’t think anyone else has been able to make those adjustments and that kind of an impact with one eye. He not only batted but also fielded after the eye accident. I think he was a wonderful sportsperson. God knows, what he’d have achieved if he had both his eyes.”
In another interview to Rediff, Sharmila said, “Looking back, I am grateful everything went smoothly in my life. Anything could have gone wrong. But, it didn’t. My children grew up to be self-sufficient. All three are successful in their work. When Saif came into films, he had no family backing. He was thrown out of Rahul Rawail’s film. I rang up Rahul, but it didn’t happen. Eventually, Yash Chopra launched him in Parampara. He survived and became successful on his own. Soha, too, pays her own rent. Saba is also working. All my three children live within their means. Soha is not trying to live like Saif. They take holidays, they enjoy life.”
Nevertheless, all was fair between the couple, as they went on to lead a happy married life. As for their children, they are also leading theirs in the same way.
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