By Aashima Talwar Last Updated:
Last year ended on a great note for both Kapoors and Pataudis as Kareena and Saif welcomed their little bundle of joy! The royal couple named their son Taimur Ali Khan and people on social media went berserk!
People went crazy and started comparing Saifeena’s baby boy’s name with the inhuman Turkish ruler Timur who had killed thousands of people during his invasion!
For a very long time, Saif and Kareena maintained a dignified silence over the controversy surrounding their child’s name but not anymore! Saif finally decided to give it back to all the trollers. Here is what he said:
"Perhaps, I should have added a disclaimer, as they do in the movies, that any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental."
He further stated the reason behind the name ‘Taimur’. He added:
"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. It's an old family name like Sara who was also named after a cousin I admired."
About the entire fiasco that happened on social media regarding the name, Saif coolly 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...And that's fine. It doesn't mean that twenty, thirty or forty years ago people weren't thinking similar things but maybe they did not have an outlet then. As far as I am concerned, stars are privileged and our country is actually still very balanced."
The controversy and kind of flak they received from fans didn’t irk them at all. The actor further added:
"People talk about the country becoming right-wing and fascist, and we have all these fears...but the fact of the matter is that if you view the kind of unnecessary drama over Taimur, there were a lot of voices...I felt I didn't have to say anything because a lot of people had spoken wisely and liberally. Voices that kind of vindicated my decision and made me feel that it's absolutely fine (to have the freedom to name his child as he wished to).”
The actor also stated:
“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. It's just one of those things where people have a voice, and it's OK for them to share it...These are the times we live in, but I don't think it's reason to get too worried. Like me, Saif Ali Khan, he will be international ambassador for his heritage and counter Islamaphobia. When people meet me they are surprised that I'm not a right-wing Muslim, my son too will be a liberal, balanced, open-minded guy."
So how is his baby boy, Taimur treating the parents? Saif shared:
"He scowls a lot, passes wind and yells so Kareena thinks he's a lot like me—a cranky, farty yeller!"
We are happy to hear that Saif and Kareena are enjoying this new phase of life with baby Taimur! Whether some people like it or not, we love the name ‘Taimur’ and respect the sentiments attached to it.