Saif Ali Khan and wife, Kareena Kapoor Khan faced much backlash after they named their newborn son, Taimur Ali Khan.
Twitter was fixated on Saif and Kareena’s choice of name, for quite some time, believing the couple named their child after Timur Lang - the ruler who conquered the Subcontinent.
In a recent interview with Times Of India, Saif revealed he is thinking of changing his son's name - and made sure to state, and question, as to how no one ever bashed Shah Rukh's name, since Timur's son was co-incidentally called Shah Rukh.
"My daughter told me, why don't you say that you have not named him after Timur Lang, say that's Timur and this is Taimur. I said it still sounds similar. She says just say they have the same roots. The name is nice and it sounds good and it means something nice but it is not named after that guy. Well, yes, the name is the same, but the name also predates the person called Timur Lang," said the Cocktail star.
Stating the facts, 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," he laughed.
Twitter outrage over Saif, Kareena naming their son Taimur
"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 the people. I don’t want him to get unpopular," Saif added.
"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," the Rangoon star continued.
"How ever 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.
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