Social media went on an angry rant the day Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan announced their newborn baby's name. Almost immediately a lot of people started putting up hate messages on social networking sites for the couple. Such was the impact of these trolls that Saif actually contemplated changing his son's name to something else than Taimur! In a recent interview with Delhi Times, the actor revealed that with the hatred his son was receiving on social media because of the name, he wanted to change it.
The Taimur controversy blew out of proportion real soon. Basically, people weren't happy with the name chosen for it reminded them of the notorious Mogul emperor, Timur, who vanquished over millions of Hindus way back in time. There were constant hate messages and tweets floating on social media and some people got really insensitive.
That's when Saif decided that it was time to change his son's name to avoid further backlash. He was quoted in the report as saying that, "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. 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." The Rangoon actor sat down with his PR personnel and agreed upon changing Taimur's name but the actor soon dropped the idea as the note he drafted sounded 'terrible'. "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."
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It's nice to see how the family stood their ground and didn't cave in front of the trolls. If you remember, during the whole controversy, Rishi Kapoor was extremely supportive of the family. He stood up for the baby boy and continued to give it back to the trolls, who had a lot of bad things to say. Well, it's all in the past now.
Right now, Saif has many things on his plate, including fatherhood. Apart from being there for his newborn, he's also promoting his upcoming film, Rangoon. The film also stars Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor in pivotal roles. It is slated to release on February 24.
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