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Saif Ali Khan has dismissed the reports of him buying back Pataudi Palace. In an interview Saif said that he already owned the property, so he didn’t need to buy it back. The actor said that the property is ‘priceless’, and also refuted the reports of the price tag of Rs. 800 crore and called it a ‘massive exaggeration’.
He told Mumbai Mirror, “It’s impossible to put a value to it in monetary terms because emotionally, the property is priceless. My grandparents and father are buried there, there’s security, serenity and a spiritual connection there for me. The land goes back by a few centuries, but the palace that my grandfather built for my grandmother is around a hundred years old. He was the ruling monarch then, but since then, privy purses and titles have been abolished. These are different times which is why my father leased it out and Francis (Wacziarg) and Aman (Nath), who ran a hotel in the palace, took good care of the property and were like family. My mother (Sharmila Tagore) has a cottage there and she was always comfortable.”
Saif also said that the property was leased to Neemrana Hotels, but he wrapped up the lease that was left, paid up and took possession of the home again after his father’s death. “It was a fair financial arrangement and contrary to reports, I did not have to buy it back because I already owned it. In my teenage years, I was the black sheep, so, it feels nice now to do this for the family and our heritage,” he said.