Saif Ali Khan has finally opened up about the issue that social media has once made about his baby boy Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi!
He stood quite funny in his statement with 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.
He explained that he is very much aware of history and this name is different from the Turk emperor to whom his son is being compared:
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.
It’s an old family name like Sara who was also named after a cousin I admired.
He further added,
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.