Saif Ali Khan on Taimur Ali Khan: I should have added a disclaimer, that any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental


Saif Ali Khan has finally spoken up about the fuss social media made when he and his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan christened their baby as Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. His reaction is totally legit and rather funny. However, he soon explained why they chose the name and how it is different from the Turk emperor whom his infant is being compared to right now. The 46 year old actor told Mumbai Mirror, “Perhaps, I should have added a disclaimer, as they do in the movies, that any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.“ Witty is something we would expect of Khan but this one is too cool and apt. Just like how they do it before the movies, perhaps even the Khan family should’ve sent out a disclaimer along with their official statement for naming their son Taimur

Soon, he decided to divulge a little more on what sets his son apart from the Turk ruler. “My wife and I love the sound of it and we love its meaning. I am aware of the heritage of the Turkish ruler–he was Timur, my son is Taimur, an ancient Persian name that means iron,” said the 46 year old. The Rangoon actor further explained how he was very much aware of the history and had no plans to offend anyone, “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,“ he says, 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.“

We still remember that day vividly when after Saif and Kareena released a joint statement revealing the name of their baby, social media went on a bad trip. Everybody opened their history books to criticise the couple over the choice of names. In fact, some of them had terrible wishes for the baby, who was just born. Although it has been a month since that incident, but it must’ve been one hell of a time for the family as they were hounded by bad wishes from people they couldn’t care less about. Taimur Ali Khan rose to stardom but for a very bad reason. However, all that is in the past now for Saif has finally clarified the difference between the names. He did want to add though, “Yes, there were some people who raised some objections but obviously just to look at medieval history and to make value judgements 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.”