Curated By: Shrishti Negi
Last Updated: September 12, 2023, 09:18 IST
Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan have often grabbed headlines for their personal life choices. When Kareena welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with Saif in 2016, his name Taimur Ali Khan had become a huge topic of debate on social media. The decision attracted so much controversy that Saif even suggested at one point that he was open to renaming him.
At Express Adda in Mumbai on Monday, Kareena recalled, “I don’t think any mother or any child has to go through that.” Kareena said that she still finds it puzzling as to why they were attacked, because they didn’t want to offend anyone. “What was the reason… I still don’t really get it, because nobody is meant to offend anyone or do anything. I think we have freedom of speech, freedom of what we want to do, at least both Saif and me believe that very strongly,” she said.
Kareena then revealed that Taimur was actually the name of Saif’s first childhood friend. “When we came up with the name… Saif actually said… He grew up with a neighbour friend, and he always really liked his name and his name was Taimur, so he said, ‘You know, if I have a son, he was my first friend. I’d like to name him Taimur’, and that’s exactly how Taimur was named, because he was Saif’s first friend when he was living in town here,” she said.
Kareena clarified that Taimur was not named after any historical figure. “It has no sort of take or resemblance to anything or anyone. It’s not even the same name,” she shared. The 43-year-old actress said that she was in a bit of a “shock” when they were subjected to criticism. “I got into a bit of a shock when this happened. But luckily, I think because of us being strong and resilient and silent, I think it just kind of died down. He was the most photographed child for what reason I have no idea,” she said.