Although the title was abolished in 1971, the actor wanted to respect the sentiments of the villagers

Flanked by his mother Sharmila Tagore and two sisters, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan was yesterday anointed the tenth Nawab of Pataudi at a ceremony at the family's Ibrahim Palace here.

No longer Chhote Nawab: Saif Ali Khan speaks with his mother
Sharmila Tagore after he was made the new Nawab of Pataudi

Heads of various villages of the area tied a white turban (pagri) around the head of the 41-year-old star.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present at the ceremony, apart from Sharmila Tagore and Saif's two sisters Soha and Saba.

His father, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, passed away on September 22 in New Delhi's Sir Gangaram Hospital after unsuccessfully battling severe lung infection.

Khan shakes hands with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda
after the turban tying ceremony. pics/afp

Mansur Ali, who captained the Indian cricket team at the age of 21, was the last Nawab of Pataudi. He held the title till 1971 when the central government abolished the princely state.

Saif was initially reluctant to be anointed as the Nawab, a title no longer recognised by the government, but gave in to the tradition to honour the sentiments of villagers.