Indian actor and producer Saif Ali Khan Pataudi was born on August 16, 1970, and he mostly works in Hindi cinema. He is a member of the Pataudi dynasty; his parents are cricket player Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore. Khan has been the recipient of several honours, including seven Filmfare Awards, a National Film honour, and the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian honour in India, in 2010.
As the son of the last Nawab to rule the princely state of Pataudi during the British Raj, Saif Ali Khan's father was granted a privy purse by the Indian government under the terms of the Political Integration of India. He was permitted to use the title Nawab of Pataudi until 1971, when it was eliminated. After Mansur Ali Khan passed away in 2011, the hamlet of Pataudi, Haryana performed a symbolic pagri ceremony to "crown" Khan as the "tenth Nawab of Pataudi." Khan attended the event to appease the people, who wanted him to carry on a family tradition. Actress Soha Ali Khan and jewellery designer Saba Ali Khan are Khan's two younger sisters.
In 1993, Saif Ali Khan made his screen debut in Parampara. He had only sporadic success with the multi-starrers Yeh Dillagi (1994), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Kachche Dhaage (1999), and Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). He struggled to score hits with solo lead films in the 1990s. With the sleeper smash Kya Kehna (2000) and several awards for the ensemble romantic comedy-dramas Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Khan demonstrated his promise as a well-established actor in the 2000s. Salaam Namaste (2005), Hum Tum (2004), Parineeta (2005), and Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007) all saw significant increases in both critical and financial success.
In addition, Khan received praise from critics for his roles as an adversary in Omkara (2006), an apprentice in the English film Being Cyrus (2006), and a cunning businessman in Ek Hasina Thi (2004). Race (2008), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Cocktail (2012), and Race 2 (2013) are among of his greatest hits as the lead. Following a succession of unsuccessful projects, Khan gained recognition for playing the lead role in Netflix's inaugural Indian original series, Sacred Games (2018), and serving as the antagonist in the historical drama Tanhaji (2020), which is his biggest grossing film to date.
Khan was chosen to play the male lead in Rahul Rawail's love drama Bekhudi (1992) with Kajol, who was making her feature film debut. However, after the first schedule of filming was over, Rawail deemed Khan to be unprofessional, and Kamal Sadanah took his place. Actress Amrita Singh, whom Khan married in October 1991, was met during the making of Bekhudi. Sara Ali Khan, their daughter, and a son were born to Singh. 2004 saw the couple's separation.
Following a five-year romance, Khan wed actress Kareena Kapoor in a private ceremony in Bandra, Mumbai, on October 16, 2012. A celebration was afterwards hosted at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai and the Lutyens Bungalow Zone in Delhi. The two boys of the couple were born in 2016 and 2021, respectively.