In 2006, Vishal Bharadwaj made “Omkara” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Othello. Saif Ali Khan played the role of Langda Tyagi brilliantly in the movie. He got into the “skin of the character”. Years later in 2016, he names his son after “Taimur” the lame and barbaric ruler who destroyed Delhi. Co-incidence you might say. I would call it regression. If Saif continues to expand his progeny then who knows his sons may be named after Hafiz Saeed, Osama Bin Laden or Kasab. Sounds like exaggeration? No! If the rot continues unabated, this may not be unrealistic.
When Shakespeare said “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. I agree with him. But when someone names his son after a barbaric ruler what is he trying to do. Raise another savage? Let’s tone down and call him a “Metrosexual Savage” given the onscreen persona of Saif. What’s more shocking is that how a retrogressive nomenclature can creep into minds of well educated couple? People resort to mythology or religious references while choosing names for their children. Some may keep numerology in mind while deciding names. It’s not a bad idea to look back at history for an inspirational name. History be it Indian or World History is replete with influential and great people. How on earth would anyone choose Taimur? I wonder if any German would have named his son after “Adolf Hitler”. It defies logic, sanity, whatever one may call. A bad wound may heal but a bad name will kill.
People look for positive references and influences while naming their kids. Jonty Rhodes was so influnced by the richness of Indian culture, its vibrance and warmth that he chose to name her daughter “India Jeanne Rhodes”. That’s called power of positivity. Saif’s father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was a well known name in Indian Cricket. I hope Jonty Rhodes daughter’s name might bring some sense of sanity to Saif and he revisits his decision about Taimur.
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