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Whats In a Name

Raaga.com [Monday, July 14, 2014]
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How important is a name? While the great English Playwright, William Shakespeare cared a damn for a name. He believed a rose would be the same and smell as sweet by any other name. But it seems the Hindi film industry disagrees with the great English literature marvel. 
 
According to some the Kapoor Khandaan scion Armaan Jain, failed because of his name. Some feel if he had opted for ‘Kapoor’ surname or even a ‘Kumar’ or ‘Khan’ would have guaranteed him a success. That’s the reason most of the Hindi film industry stars prefer a trendy name to their original orthodox one. Hence we have a Hari Krishna Goswami becoming Manoj Kumar or famous actor Chunky Pandey dropping his original name Suyush Sharat Chandrakant Deshpandey
 
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Do you know who was the first actor to initiate this trend was? Well, he was legendary actor, Ashok Kumar. Few know that his original name was Kumudlal Kanjilal Ganguly but filmmaker Himanshu Rai felt it sounded too rural hence he replaced it with a more stylish name in his first film JEEVAN NAIYA. 
 
Another unknown aspect regarding names is that in the ’60s, the surname that ruled the roust was Kumar but with the advent of the ’90s, the surname that grabbed prominence was Khan.
 
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However, readers would be stunned to know that in the ’40s, the surname Khan was a taboo! Reason was the British government’s famous policy ‘Divide and rule’. The sparks of this policy was so intense that even the otherwise secular film industry was affected. Hence filmmakers changed the names of their Muslim actors to conceal their real identity. The first actor to thus alter his name was Dilip Kumar who was known as Mohammed Yusuf Sarwar Khan since birth. 
 
Even in the South Film Industry famous actors changed their names Viz. Rajnikant - Shivaji Rao Gaikwad and Chiranjeevi - Koindela Siva Shankara vara Prasad
 
.... Following is a glimpse of a few original names: 
 
Akshay Kumar- Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
 
Danny -Tshering Phintso Denzongpa
 
Johnny Lever - Janardhan Rao
 
Katrina Kaif- Katrina Turqouis
 
Ajay Devgan - Vishal Devgan
 
Rajesh Khanna Jatin Khanna
 
Dev Anand - Devdutt Pishorimal Anand
 
Sanjeev Kumar - Haribhai Jariwala
 
Gulzar - Sampooran Singh
 
Amitabh Bachchan - Amitabh Shrivastav Bachchan
 
Kishore Kumar - Aabhas Ganguly
 
Jeetendra - Ravi Kapoor
 
Rekha - Bhanurekha Ganeshan
 
Jaya Prada - Lalita Rani
 
Ajit - Hamid Ali Khan
 
Jayant (father of Amjad Khan) - Jhakeriya Khan
 
Madhubala - Mumtaaz Jahan
 
Meena Kumari - Mahjabeen Ali Baksh
 
Nargis Dutt - Kaneez Fatima
 
Shyama - Khurseed Akhtar
 
Mandakini - Yasmini
 
Johny Walker - Badruddin Kazi
 
Reena Roy - Saira Khan
 
This article is from Raaga's music blog. Read more at http://blog.raaga.com



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