Saif Ali Khan, who is mourning his father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's death was visibly moved by the warmth and concern that his family was getting from various parts of the world. Saif, in a statement said, “It's a sad moment for all at home. I'm extremely thankful for the support extended to us. It's overwhelming. People from all fraternities - sports, cinema, politics, media - have sent their condolences. They've said beautiful things about my father, and I'd like to thank them for that. Even he would've been most grateful for all those kind words and warmth shown to him."
Present at the funeral of the legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was wife Sharmila Tagore and younger daughter Saba Ali Khan along with other members of the family. Several high profile dignitaries from all fraternities paid their last respects to Sr Pataudi.
Mansoor Ali Khan"s body was first brought to his home in Delhi's Vasant Vihar early Friday morning. The family then took the body to his ancestral home in Pataudi, two hours from Delhi.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was the first to visit the family followed by followed Pakistan high commissioner Shahid Malik, Digvijay Singh, Rajiv Shukla, Arun Jaitley, Ajay Jadeja, Kapil Dev, among many others.
Celebrities from the showbiz who paid homage to the legendary cricketer and offered condolences to the family include Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Karisma Kapoor among many others.