Saif Ali Khan’s tongue-in-cheek take on ‘Taimur’ controversy

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor named their new-born son Taimur, but the name raised negative reactions from a section of social media. Users raked up medieval history and compared the name to the barbaric Turko-Mongol ruler Timur.

While several fans and others came to the defence of the parents for choosing whatever name, Saif and Kareena had maintained a stoic silence. Now, Saif has spoken up on the controversy and what he said is really funny and sarcastic.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, 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. I’m aware of the heritage of the Turkish ruler and my son was not named after him.”

“Taimur is an ancient Persian name meaning iron. Both my wife and I liked the sound and the meaning,” Saif said, adding that 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,” he said.

Regarding the controversy, the ‘Phantom’ actor 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.”

Saif also appreciated that not all people were judgemental and open minded people do exist. “…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," Saif added.