The romance and marriage of Mansur Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi, with Bollywood star Sharmila Tagore was the stuff that fairytales are made of, with happily-ever-after ending. This is despite the lovers coming from very different backgrounds – he a blue blooded young royal who played cricket and she a film actress. Theirs was a cross religion, cross career marriage. Their marriage was not expected to last , or thats what many thought. Sharmila converted becoming Ayesha Sultana. They proved millions wrong. It is said that both she and Tiger never promoted harmony. They believed in respecting each others space and gave one another lot of freedom for growing thoughts.
Many years down the line, when he was arrested for poaching, the actress stood by her husband like a rock. Death may have snatched away the most charismatic, powerful and endearing man from the woman, but like they say, in popular imagination-Pataudi and Sharmila will live on together for years and years.