"Pet names are a persistent remnant of childhood, a reminder that life is not always so serious, so formal, so complicated. They are a reminder, too, that one is not all things to all people." - Jhumpa Lahiri, Namesake
This famous quote from an amazing book is the first thing that struck my mind when I was deciding my story's peg. All of us have a deep connection and sense of belonging for our name. It is something that stays with us and defines us for the rest of our lives. Sounds happy and serene? But, there's a twist. Recently, I came across certain television actors who changed their names. Reason? It is best known to them. Whatever the case may be, I thought it would be very interesting and intriguing to know the real names and new names of these noteworthy TV stars.
This might be a shock for many of you, but Karanvir's Wikipedia page suggests that his real name was Manoj Bohra. He belongs to a traditional Marwari family from Jodhpur. According to TOI, his Nana named him Manoj but the actor wanted to make the change and kept his name, Karn Vir.
Next one on the list is Ayushmann Khurrana.
According to an article, the actress changed the spelling of her name from Mahi Vij to Mahhi Vij because a numerologist suggested this to her. We all know her for her breakthrough role of protagonist Nakusha in the television show Laagi Tujhse Lagan on Colors TV.
Famous actress Nia changed her name from Neha. As per the information provided by her Wikipedia page, she found her name really common so she changed it.
Born as Twinkle Bajpai, Tia changed her name because director Vikram Bhatt suggested her to do so. It was reported by NDTV that, the director felt Twinkle was not an apt name for her personality and there was already a Twinkle (Twinkle Khanna) in Bollywood.
Shagun from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein was born as Natassha Hassanandani, but she changed her name to Anita. According to TOI, the actress felt Anita was a common name, and it would help her gain popularity, so she changed her name.
Disha from Sasural Genda Phool aka Ridhima changed her name to Ridheema Tiwari. She reported TOI that it was done to save herself from an identity crisis. She also said that recently she changed the spelling of her name to Ridheema Tiwari because of numerology related reasons.
That's all, people.
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