In the trailer for Tandav, Saif Ali Khan is seen making a grand entry from the balcony of Pataudi Palace. It’s very uncommon for an actor to make his personal home a part of his venture. Earlier, we had seen a glimpse of Shah Rukh Khan’s bungalow Mannat within the 2016 launch Fan. Now, throughout an interplay, Saif spoke at size about renting out his abode Pataudi Palace for Tandav.
The actor informed Mid Day, “I don’t mind giving it for shoots sometimes because it remains unused 340 days of the year. These days, film crews have become responsible and look after the venues, but [the idea of a shoot] still makes me nervous. Usually, I am more comfortable if they are filming around the exterior of the palace. But for Tandav, I made an exception [by shooting inside].”
Saif added, “I think it is the palace that lends us the royal look. Anyone standing there would look royal.”
Calling Pataudi Palace ‘priceless’, Khan had earlier mentioned, “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 are 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.”
Saif added, “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.”
Tandav is helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar and is about to be streamed on Amazon Prime Video from January 15, 2021.