Blog By Arpana | 29-03-17
5 Extremely Unsettling Facts About Bollywood Celebrities
In William Shakespeare’s 1594 play, Juliet mused “What’s in a name?” But in Shakespeare's personal reflection on the subject, he said, “He who steals my purse, steals trash, but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which enriches him not, and makes me poor indeed.”
More often than not Bollywood works on lucky names. And few very successful celebrities including SRK, Salman, Akshay and Big B changed their names and we see that they are shining in Bollywood industry.Here is the list of the celebs who changed their names and for what reason..
Ajay Devgan's real name is Vishal Devgan. While the reason behind his decision to change name is unsure, most people believe that Ajay Devgan changed his name due to numerology. He later even dropped an ‘a’ from his surname due to a similar reason.
Akshay Kumar who changed his name from Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia few days back was asked in an interview and this is what he had to say...“No one has ever asked me this question. My first film was Aaj (1987) which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starred Kumar Gaurav. The name of Gaurav’s character was Akshay. I had a 4.5-second role in it and I would only observe Gaurav and his acting. I don’t know what happened but one day I just went to the court and got my name changed.”
He added, “I don’t know why I changed my name…. I just went to the Bandra East court and got it done. Main kucch bhi nahi tha us time pe phir bhi maine visiting card banwaye. Then I went out to get work, time was in my favour, and I got films after that.”
Salman Khan shortened his real name Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan. While there is no real explanation for why Salman shortened his name, it was probably done to ease things up as the real one was too long for a public figure.
Katrina Kaif is originally Katrina Turquotte . Born to British parents in in Hong Kong, Katrina had a tongue-twisting British name before entering the Bollywood industry. She decided to change her surname because most of her Indian fans would find it hard to pronounce it.
This popular star was originally Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. He is a shining star with this name.
SRK was named Abdul Rahman by his grandmother when he was a kid. However, his father liked Shah Rukh Khan better and as Abdul Rehman wasn’t registered anywhere, he went ahead and changed it.
Inspired by the phrase Inquilab Zindabad‘. Amitabh Bachchan was named ‘Inquilab’ by his father and renowned poet, Harivansh Rai Bachchan. However, on the advice of fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant, he changed his name to Amitabh, meaning ‘the light that will never die’. As Sr Bachchan has already dropped his surname ‘Shrivastava’, Inquilab Shrivastava became Amitabh Bachchan.