After maintaining a stoic silence for long, Saif Ali Khan has finally opened up about naming his and Kareena Kapoor’s son, Taimur Ali Khan.
Soon after couple revealed their son’s name, the baby was trolled. Twitter trolls slammed the couple for giving their child a name which also happens to be the name of a barbaric invader.
Now, more than a month later, Saif has finally broken his silence on the controversy. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror Saif said “He scowls a lot, passes wind and yells so Kareena thinks he’s a lot like me—a cranky, farty yeller!” he says about Taimur, arguably the most famous baby in the country at the moment”.
Talking about the social media storm that had erupted over his son’s name, Saif said, “Social media just makes it clear what everybody is thinking in a sense. There is a lot of anonymity from the side of the people who are doing the talking so they feel free to say whatever they like, and sometimes they get very nasty.”
“I’m aware of the heritage of the Turkish ruler and my son was not named after him. He was Timur, my son is Taimur. Perhaps the root is similar but it’s not the same name. Taimur is an ancient Persian name meaning iron. Both my wife and I liked its sound and the meaning. In fact, of all the names I ran by Kareena, she liked this one the best because it’s beautiful and strong. Taimur was the name of a boy he’d grown up with and a cousin too. It’s an old family name like Sara who was also named after a cousin I admired” Saif added.
On Taimur being trolled for his name, Saif said “I should have added a disclaimer, as they do in the movies, that any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental… Yes, there were some people who raised some objections but obviously just to look at medieval history and to make value judgments is, I think, ridiculous, and a lot of people have said that on my behalf. I feel quite confident that we don’t live in a right-wing society. As yet, India is still liberal and people are still open minded”.