Saif Ali Khan wanted to change ‘Taimur’s name, Kareena stopped


When Saif Ali Khan broke the good news of his baby’s birth, fans jumped with joy but when he announced that he has named his baby Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, he was slammed by Twitteratti. He received the wrath of the haters for naming his son, Taimur after a brutal Mughal emperor.

When there is a lot of hullaballo over the name, for a moment it came to Saif’s mind to change Taimur’s name but Kareena stopped.

Saif Ali Khan told" style="font-size:13pt;line-height:115%;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;color:rgb(51, 51, 51);background-position:initial initial;background-repeat:initial initial"> TOI," 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."

He almost did it too. Until he didn't. "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' 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 change it still. It's a bit late now though. Or not. I don't know," Saif told TOI.

A couple of weeks ago, Saif said on NDTV Spotlight, "I've known a couple of people called Taimur while growing up and there was drama involved, it was just a nice name. It means iron and it's a strong, beautiful sounding name. Yes, I am aware there is a Mongol ruler who was possibly a little violent but I think that was the whole point really, if you want to be a conquering general you have to be a little violent. I want to say I've not named Taimur after him."

"I'm aware that there's a certain amount of Islamophobia in the world today and as Muslims, if we don't somehow own it then who will? I can't very well name my son Alexander and realistically can't name him Ram. So why not a nice Muslim name and bring him up with secular values so that people meeting him say 'what a nice guy' and that's the end of the name," Saif told us.