After breaking his silence for more than a month, Saif Ali Khan opens up as why he named his son “Taimur”. Saif Ali Khan, who named his son “Taimur” garnered much of the criticism from the public when he named his son after Turkish ruler.
In the interview to a magazine, Saif Ali Khan said “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.”
The actor replied wittingly on the trolls that he had faced after he named his son. The actor 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.”
Saif will soon be seen in Rangoon, a Vishal Bharadwaj film that also stars Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut. The movie is a love triangle set in the WWII era.