I might change Taimur’s name: Saif Ali Khan

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, who faced a lot of backlash over the name of his newborn son, has said he has considered changing Taimur’s name. Despite Kareena opposing the idea, Saif claimed he might change the name when the kid turns a year old.

bollywood Updated: Feb 23, 2017 14:14 IST
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Taimur Ali Khan,Saif Ali Khan,Kareena Kapoor Khan
Saif Ali Khan was blessed with a baby son in December 2016.

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has said he might change his newborn son Taimur’s name once he is a year old, despite wife Kareena’s opposition to the idea.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor with their newborn boy Taimur at their residence in Mumbai on December 22, 2016. (IANS)

Soon after Saif announced Taimur’s birth, a raging debate broke out on Twitter over the name given to him by his parents. Many believed Saif shouldn’t have named his son after Timur, the Turkish ruler who invaded India.

Asked if he has now come to terms with the controversy surrounding his son’s name, Saif told The Times of India: “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 people. I don’t want him to get unpopular.”

Saif Ali Khan poses with his newborn boy Taimur at their residence in Mumbai. (IANS)

“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. 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 still change it. It’s a bit late now, though. Or not. I don’t know,” Saif added.

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First Published: Feb 23, 2017 09:17 IST