“Legend”, “great captain”, “style icon”, “gentleman” — that’s how the Bollywood brigade remembered former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi on receiving news of the 70-year-old’s demise.
Amitabh Bachchan posted on Twitter: Sad news .. Tiger Pataudi passes away..!!
Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor described him as a style icon.
“Just heard about the news. Other than the obvious that he was a great cricketer, I feel he was a style icon of that time. He had a regal personality. My condolences go to Saif for sure,” he said.
Ad filmmaker-turned-lyricist Prasoon Joshi termed it a “big loss”.
“I briefly met him, but have been very close to Sharmila-ji for a long time now. It is a big loss, I am very shocked by the news…May god bless the family,” Joshi, who is currently in the capital, told IANS.
Reactions on Twitter, expectedly, followed suit.
Shekhar Kapur: Deepest condolences 2 Sharmila, Saif, Soha n Saba, Tiger Pataudi will b missed, one of d biggest icons of my generation, why so early?
Tiger has left us. 1 of d most courageous cricketers d world has known, who took on d fastest bowlers in d world after losing 1 eye.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to hear that Tiger Pataudi is no more… An era ends…
Neha Dhupia: Very Sad to hear about the demise of tiger Pataudi … RIP.
Shreya Ghoshal: Former cricketer Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi passes away. R.I.P.
Riteish Deshmukh: True Cricketing LEGEND passes away.
Vishal Dadlani: Tiger Pataudi. A Legend in the true sense of the word. RIP, Sir.
Boman Irani: MAK Pataudi passes away! RIP
Rahul Bose: Distraught to hear about Tiger Pataudi’s demise. He was a great captain, player, gentleman & my coach for a summer. Will never forget him.
Arbaaz Khan: RIP Tiger Pataudi. One of the India’s finest captains.
Dia Mirza: So saddened… Tiger Pataudi RIP. We will never forget your contribution and charisma. God grant his family strength.
Siddharth: One of the greatest people I have ever had the good fortune of knowing passed away today. goodbye and RIP, the great ‘Tiger’ Pataudi.
Satish Kaushik: RIP Tiger Pataudi…India finest captains, great cricketer..cricket fans will always remember him.