Indian film fraternity today expressed shock and sadness over the demise of former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.
The 70-year-old cricketer breathed his last here this evening after battling a lung infection.
He is survived by wife Sharmila Tagore, son Saif Ali Khan and daughters Saba Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan. Many took to Twitter to pay tribute to one of India's finest captains.
"Sad news...Tiger Pataudi passes away," said Bachchan, who starred with the cricketer's actress-wife Sharmila Tagore in films like 'Chupke Chupke' and 'Viruddh'.
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi said Pataudi's death was a great loss. "I have met him briefly and because I am close to Sharmilaji, we have discussed him and his life many times. All I can say is that it is great loss. I am shocked. God bless him," Joshi told PTI.
Actor-comedian Boman Irani too tweeted his tribute to the great cricketer. "MAK Pataudi passes away! RIP."
Actor Riteish Deshmukh wrote, "RIP Tiger Pataudi - True cricketing legend passes away." Arbaaz Khan wrote: "RIP Tiger Pataudi. One of the India's finest captains."
Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur called Pataudi one of the most "corageous cricketers" in the world.
"Tiger has left us. One of the most courageous cricketers the world has known, who took on the fastest bowlers in the world after loosing one eye. "Deepest condolences to Sharmila, Saif, Soha and Saba, Tiger Pataudi will be missed, one of the biggest icons of my generation, why so early?," Kapur said.
Actor Rahul Bose recalled being coached by the cricketer once summer.
"Distraught to hear about Tiger Pataudi's demise. He was a great captain, player, gentleman and my coach for a summer. Will never forget him," Bose wrote.
'Rang De Basanti' star Siddharth wrote: "One of the greatest people I have ever had the good fortune of knowing passed away today. goodbye and RIP, the great 'Tiger' Pataudi..."
Musician Vishal Dadlani said, "Tiger Pataudi. A Legend in the true sense of the word. RIP, Sir."
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