From Shah Rukh Khan to Katrina Kaif, Bollywood celebrities and the stories behind their names

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“What’s in the name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” is one of the most beautiful sayings by Shakespeare. And it is true at so many levels, names rarely ever matter. It’s also true that the stories behind names can sometimes leave people amused. Sometimes, it’s done as a tribute to an elderly in the family, and other times, it’s about a decision taken in a split second that seals the fate of a person in a way. The same is true for Bollywood celebrities. Let’s take a look at a few celebrities and the stories behind their names.

1. Shah Rukh Khan

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The King of romance, Shah Rukh, was actually named Abdul Rashid Khan by his grandmother, who had adopted him. But later, when he returned to his parents, they changed his name.

2. Kareena Kapoor

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Kareena Kapoor, daughter of Babita Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor, was named Kareena because her mother was reading the book Anna Karenina while she was expecting her.

3. Katrina Kaif

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Katrina’s real name was Katrina Turquotte as she had taken her mother’s last name. Now, she uses her father, Mohammed Kaif’s surname.

4. Kiara Advani

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Kiara, in Voot’s Feet Up with the Stars Season 2, shared that her first name was Aaliya. She also revealed that it was on Salman Khan’s recommendation that she decided to change the name.

5. Akshay Kumar

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The actor’s real name is Rajiv Bhatia and he only changed it after he entered the film industry. In fact, the move happened after his first film Aaj (1987). It so happened that the Mahesh Bhatt-directorial had Kumar Gaurav in the lead role. In the film, Kumar’s character’s name was Akshay. For some reason, Bollywood’s Khiladi got inspired and changed his name to Akshay.

Published by Vidhutma Singhania on 22 Oct 2020

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