Soha Ali Khan Pataudi (born 4 October 1978) is an Indian actress who has worked in Hindi, Bengali and English films. She is the younger daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and former India cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan, Crown Prince of Bhopal, and the younger sister of actor Saif Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan. She started her acting career with the romantic comedy film Dil Maange More (2004), and is best known for her role in the drama film Rang De Basanti (2006). In 2017, she authored a book The Perils of Being Moderately Famous that won the Crossword Book Award in 2018.

Soha Ali Khan
Khan in 2018
Born
Soha Ali Khan Pataudi

(1978-10-04) 4 October 1978 (age 45)
NationalityIndian
EducationMasters in International Relations
Alma materLondon School of Economics
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
Spouse
(m. 2015)
Children1
Parents
FamilySee Pataudi family

Early life and background edit

Khan was born on 4 October 1978 in New Delhi, India, to the Pataudi family as the Nawab of Pataudis.[1] Hailing from Barech Pashtun ancestry, she is the youngest daughter of Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the 9th Nawab of Pataudi, and Sharmila Tagore, an Indian actress.[2] Both her father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and paternal grandfather Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi were former captains of the Indian cricket team,[3] while her grandmother, Sajida Sultan Pataudi, was the Begum of Bhopal.[4][5]

Khan's elder brother Saif Ali Khan is a Bollywood actor and her elder sister, Saba Ali Khan, is a jewellery designer and the mutawalli of Auqaf-e-Shahi.[6] The titular Begum of Bhopal, Saleha Sultan, was her aunt, and through her, she is the first cousin of cricketer, Saad Bin Jung.[7] The late major general of Pakistan, Sher Ali Khan Pataudi, is her great-granduncle, and the diplomat Shahryar Khan is her uncle, through her grandaunt Abida Sultan.[8] She is the aunt of Sara Ali Khan and the sister-in-law of Kareena Kapoor.[9]

Khan attended The British School, in New Delhi, studied modern history at Balliol College, Oxford and earned a master's degree in International Relations[10] from the London School of Economics and Political Science.[11]

Career edit

 
Khan with mother Sharmila Tagore at the premiere Of Khoya Khoya Chand

Khan made her acting debut with the Bollywood film Dil Maange More!!! (2004). She performed in the Bengali film Antar Mahal (2005), and was also a part of Rang De Basanti (2006). Her performance in the film received positive reviews and earned her the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in Khoya Khoya Chand and in the 2009 film, 99. Her next release was Tum Mile, opposite Emraan Hashmi. Khan hosted the game show Godrej Khelo Jeeto Jiyo.[12] She also appeared in the film Mr Joe B. Carvalho.[13] Khan's debut book, The Perils of Being Moderately Famous, which features a collection of humorous anecdotes about her life as a royal princess, was published in 2017.[14] In 2017, she acted in a short film, Soundproof, which was directed by Aditya Kelgaonkar. It was screened at various film festivals and won awards at the New York Indian Film Festival,[15] Indian Film Festival of Houston,[16] Ottawa Indian Film Festival Awards, where it won best short film award;[17] International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, where it won award for best short fiction;[18] and Belgaum International Short Film Festival.[19]

Off-screen work edit

 
Khan at an event in 2014

In addition to her acting career, Khan is a celebrity endorser for brands and products such as Club Mahindra, House of Pataudi and Earthraga among others.[20] In 2022, she was appointed as the brand advocate for New Zealand education in India.[21]

Khan authored her memoir named, The Perils of Being Moderately Famous, which was released in 2017.[22][23] In 2018, Khan won the Crossword Book Award for her book.[24][25]

Personal life edit

 
Khan with her husband Kunal Khemu in 2016

Khan was in a relationship with actor Kunal Khemu since 2009.[26][27] Khan got engaged to Khemu in July 2014 in Paris[28] and married him in Mumbai on 25 January 2015.[29] She gave birth to their daughter, Inaaya Naumi Khemu on 29 September 2017.[30]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref.
2004 Iti Srikanta Kamallata Bengali film [31]
Dil Maange More Neha [32]
2005 Pyaar Mein Twist Riya Arya [33]
Shaadi No. 1 Sonia [34]
Antarmahal Jasomati Bengali film [35]
2006 Rang De Basanti Sonia / Durga Vohra [36]
Ahista Ahista Megha Joshi [37]
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand Nikhat [38]
Chaurahen Ira English film [39]
2008 Mumbai Meri Jaan Rupali Joshi [40]
Dil Kabaddi Mita Wadia [41]
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Neha Chattopadhayay [42]
99 Pooja [43]
Tum Mile Sanjana [44]
Life Goes On Diya Banerjee English film [45]
2010 Mumbai Cutting Segment: "The Ball" [46]
Tera Kya Hoga Johnny Preeti [47]
2011 Soundtrack Gauri [48]
2012 Midnight's Children Jamila English film [49]
2013 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Ranjana [50]
Go Goa Gone Hardiks's ex Cameo appearance [51]
War Chhod Na Yaar Ruth Dutta [52]
2014 Mr Joe B. Carvalho ShantiPriya Fadnis [53]
Chaarfutiya Chhokare Neha Tandon [54]
2016 31st October Tejinder Kaur [55]
Ghayal: Once Again Rhea [56]
2017 Sound Proof Short Film [16]
2018 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 Ranjana [57]
2023 69 Sandhya Samant
2024 Chhorii 2 TBA Filming [58]

Web series edit

Year Title Role(s) Notes Ref.
2022 Kaun Banegi Shikharwati Rajkumari Gayatri ZEE5 [59]
Hush Hush Saiba Amazon Prime Video [60]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Film / Book Result Ref.
2006 Global Indian Film Awards Best Actress in A Supporting Role Rang De Basanti Won [61]
2007 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [62]
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Supporting Actress – Hindi Won [63]
Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [64]
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated [65]
2009 Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Khoya Khoya Chand Nominated [66]
2018 Crossword Book Award Biography: Popular The Perils of Being Moderately Famous Won [67]
2023 India UK Achievers Honours Outstanding Achiever (Arts, Entertainment & Culture) Won [68]

Bibliography edit

  • Khan, Soha Ali (2017). Perils of Being Moderately Famous. Penguin Random House. ISBN 978-0-14-343996-7.

See also edit

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