Sharmila Tagore calls cops for ugly property dispute

Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, wife of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was in Bhopal recently to settle a property dispute, had to call the police to escort her outside the palace, when some agitators started protesting outside the palace against antique items from being removed from the palace.

According to reports, a source said, “The Flagstaff House is an ancestral property of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, whose mother was the daughter of the last Nawab of Bhopal, Hamidullah Khan. Recently, members of the royal family had initiated efforts to distribute its belongings, including artifacts, among themselves. But a city-based organisation has now opposed the taking away of antique items from the Flagstaff House Palace.”

The source also added that although Sharmila wanted to sell the Flagstaff House, that was situated in the Ahmedabad Palace in Koh-e-Fiza area of Bhopal, her plan had been opposed by a few of her relatives. “Those opposing the sale and shifting of belongings of the Flagstaff House have come together under the banner of Sahara Samajik Uthhan Samiti. A petition filed by some of Bhopal’s local citizens was heard in the high court on Wednesday. The next hearing will be on May 6,” the source said.

Reports also say that it was the chairman of the Samiti who had planned to stage a protest on Wednesday, but he failed to arrive at the venue on time.

“However, a large number of media persons had already gathered outside when Sharmila went there to collect some artifacts. The actress then called the police to escort her out of the palace to the nearby hotel, following which the police sent a team to ensure that she got out safely,” the source further added.

Sharmila, however, refused to comment on the issue and said, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

According to reports, artifacts at the Flagstaff House included a wide variety of items collected over the years. Many of the items have either been stolen or sold.

But some of the items that were recovered in the outhouse included:

Silver coated deewans

Silver bowls inscribed with holy verses

A chair belonging to the last Begum ruler

Dinner sets including silver utensils

An emerald statuette

Anklets with exquisite jaali (lattice) work

A thussi necklace

A collection of books from the Begum Nawab’s era