Remember when Bollywood icon Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan first announced that they were naming their child ‘Taimur’? Twitter was aghast and there was a massive, unnecessary controversy and everyone’s favourite topic to discuss i.e. ‘Hindu-Muslim debates’ took place on the microblogging platform. Now, the power couple is pregnant again and Kareena has said that she has not thought about what she’ll name her second child. The couple will wait for the birth of their baby and then name the child.
On the latest episode of Khan’s What Women Want, she discussed this with friend and actor, Neha Dhupia. The actress stated that after the controversy that was caused by the name of their first child, they have now decided to wait until the baby arrives.
“After the whole controversy of Taimur, both Saif and I have not even thought about it. We’re like going to leave it last minute and then spring a surprise,” Kareena told Neha Dhupia on the show.
Dhupia actually suggested that the Jab We Met actress should hold a poll to decide the best name for the baby but thankfully, Kapoor Khan turned the advice down and said that she doesn’t want to go down that road.
“I’m gonna tackle this right at the end,” she said.
In 2016, when the couple announced Taimur’s name, many Twitter accounts believed that Khan had named their child after Timur, the Turkish ruler who invaded 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 told the Times of India in 2017.
“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,” the actor had added.
Kareena had told Rajdeep Sardesai in 2018 that Saif had suggested the name ‘Faiz’ before Taimur’s birth. “Of course, there was trolling but at the same time, there was an immense support from the people we were getting, not that trolls matter to us that much but it was our choice. The day before I was going to the hospital for delivery, I had a talk with Saif and he was suggesting to keep his name Faiz, he said, ‘Bebo, that is a more poetic, more romantic name’. I said ‘no, Taimur means iron and if I give birth to a son, my son is going to be a fighter, I will produce an iron man’. And yes, I proudly did so,” Kareena Kapoor Khan had said.