Son of the cricket player and last titular Nawab of Pataudi, late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, and actress Sharmila Tagore, a great-grandniece of poet Rabindranath Tagore, Saif Ali Khan has chosen not to follow in the footsteps of his father. When Saif first chose acting as a career, there was no looking back.
Having made his acting debut in 1992 with Parampara, Khan tasted success with the 1994 films Main Khiladi Tu Anari and Yeh Dillagi.
In 1993, he won the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for Aashiq Awara. His breakthrough role came in 1994 with Yeh Dillagi starring opposite Kajol and Akshay Kumar which was his first major hit.
Khan went on to star in many films but they failed at the box office. He only had success with multi-starrer hits like Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Imtihaan (1995),Kachche Dhaage (1999) and Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999). After some box office failures he had a hit with the film Kya Kehna (2000).
His acting career, more or less, went through a relative slump until 2001, when he was cast in Farhan Akhtar's National Film Award-winning Dil Chahta Hai, co-starring Aamir Khan and Akshaye Khanna.
He has since had many box office successes, starting with Nikhil Advani's drama Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), co-starring alongside Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta. In early 2004, Khan was approached by Sriram Raghavan to star as a globetrotting bachelor in his directorial debut, Ek Hasina Thi. He followed it with the lead role in Kunal Kohli's romantic comedy Hum Tum.
His work in Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in Hum Tum (2004).
Khan subsequently had further mainstream success with films like Salaam Namaste (2005) and Race (2008) and starred in critically acclaimed projects such as Parineeta (2005), Being Cyrus and Omkara (2006).
In 2009, Khan branched out into film production with his company Illuminati Films's first film Love Aaj Kal which became a box-office success. These accomplishments have established him as one of the leading actors of Hindi cinema.
He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2010.
Saif Ali Khan was not much of a casonava in his early life. It was love when Saif Ali Khan married actress Amrita Singh - who happened to be 13 years older than him. After 14 years of marriage, the two finally called it quits and got a divorce.
He then dated Rosa Catalano, a Swiss model born in Italy, whom he met in Kenya, for three years. Catalano later revealed that he had not told her about his earlier marriage and children, and that she learnt about them only after she came to India. Soon after he broke up with Catalano, rumours of Khan dating actress Kareena Kapoor surfaced. In October 2009 he publicly spoke of his relationship with Kapoor. Saif and Kareena got married in court on October 16, 2012.
On 22 September 2011 Khan's father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi passed away, which led Saif to formally assume the title of 10th Nawab of Pataudi. Although the title has no legal or official status after 1971, Saif assumed the title in order to please the sentiments of the villagers. The 'pagri' ceremony was attended by the incumbent Chief Minister of Haryana.
Saif Ali Khan's latest movie is called 'Go Goa Gone', in which he plays a blonde Delhi guy who kills zombies for a living. The movie is scheduled to release later this year.