Saif Ali Khan and wife Kareena Kapoor Khan became the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy Taimur Ali Khan on December 20. But before the parents could even celebrate the new phase of parenthood, they had to deal with Twitteratti’s distasteful comments about the name of the newborn. Initially, both Saif and Kareena chose to stay mum on the issue but opened up eventually.
Asked if he has now come to terms with the controversy surrounding his son’s name, Saif told: “I haven’t told anyone about this I thought for a second about changing his name. For a couple of weeks. And Kareena was a little against it, and she said, ‘People respect you for your opinion and you can’t’… So I said, yeah, but it’s not about people. I don’t want him to get unpopular.”
“And I still might, maybe when he’s one or two, I might change his name in a while, it’s still sinking in, what to do. Someone in my PR agreed with me, and we drafted a small letter. And when I read it, it was so pathetic, that I cancelled the idea. Because it was really like, uhh, ‘I’m sorry’, and ‘I didn’t want to offend’ and ‘I’m an idiot’ (laughs), and you know, I’ve given in to pressure. It just sounded awful. However you write it, it just wasn’t sounding right. It was like I didn’t realise where I live or what I’m doing. So I did think about it. I thought about it, but it was for the wrong reason. If I feel that he’s going to get in trouble in school, I might still change it. It’s a bit late now, though. Or not. I don’t know,” Saif added.
Interestingly Saif also mentioned that how superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s name too has a historic connection to Timur but he is still loved by people worldwide. Saif said, “Incidentally, Timur Lang’s son was Shah Rukh, who is the guy who supposedly said we should actually plunder India. A lot of fighting was done by his sons, but nobody has a problem with the name Shah Rukh (laughs).”
But for little Taimur, it doesn’t matter what the world has to say about his name, he is living up to his name already. Talking about the infant’s mannerisms, Said says,”He’s quite a fiery guy, though, I must say. I hope he doesn’t already understand that it’s a strong name. He makes his feelings felt very strongly. Yells, not cries. Stop doing what you’re doing and he’s fine (laughs).”
So is Taimur a reflection of Saif’s childhood? “I was quite a difficult kid, I believe. As a young kid, I think I spent a lot of time on my own. My parents were quite busy, and I thought my ayah had given me birthday presents! It was really sad… I remember I said, ‘Amma, see what Margaret gave me for my birthday’. And my mother’s like, ‘I have given you that!’ I thought the maid was my mother, I think, for a while,” said Saif. Now we understand why Saif and Kareena make sure that either of the parents is at home with Taimur.
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