Cricket, cinema and royalty

Can there be a more potent mixture? Three decades after he headed the Indian cricket team with such distinction and his begum won the hearts of cinegoers, the spell cast by the couple continues. The Pataudis Ìü² Mansur Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore Ìü² embody the Indian dream of gracious living and togetherness. You realise why when you meet them at their spacious bungalow in Delhi says The Hindu. A tete-a-tete with Sharmila Tagore and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.

“I was not the only one in cricket from a similar background. There were others like me Ìü² Hanumant Singh, Inderjit Singh, Fatesingh Gaekwad (who was President of the Board of Cricket Control), the Maharaja of Udaipur, the Patiala family… there were a lot of us around.”