‘Murad’ To ‘Rumi’: 12 Unique On-Screen Names Of Bollywood Celebrities

“Rahul, naam toh suna hoga” is now officially a thing of the past, as Bollywood breaks away from cliched, overused and stereotypical names for its characters. The new range of names aren’t conventional; they are far away from stereotypes, they are bold, and they are unique! The days of the Rajs, the Rahuls, and the Prems have gone – as Bollywood makes use of some interesting new names for its characters.

This novelty factor has been spotted in a lot of films in the recent past. From Major Vihaan Shergill in ‘Uri’ to Rumi Bagga in ‘Manmarziyaan’, these names make sure the characters stay in our minds for a little longer. Because generic names are so passe, and a name can say so much! Why use a boring name anyway, when a name in itself can be a hidden reference and actually mean something? Check it out – 

1. Ranveer Singh as Murad in ‘Gully Boy’

What literally translates to ‘wish’, Murad was one character who would stop at nothing to achieve his dreams. Ranveer Singh as the ‘Gully Boy’ Murad will be one portrayal always etched in the memory of the audiences!

2. Kareena Kapoor Khan as Kalindi in ‘Veere Di Wedding’

A name of Sanskrit-origin which literally means the ‘sun’ was what Kareena Kapoor Khan was named in Veere Di Wedding. 

3. Taapsee Pannu as Rumi in ‘Manmarziyaan’

The name ‘Rumi’ was an appropriate token to the madcap that Taapsee Pannu was in the film. It was also a reference to the 13th century poet and mystic ‘Rumi’.

4. Amitabh Bachchan as Badal in ‘Badla’

Imagine a name for a lawyer as ‘Badal’ – you can’t, right? The film’s title Badla and Amitabh Bachchan’s name ‘Badal’ surely hint at something more than just nomenclatures. But what they hint at, still remains to be seen!

5. Salman Khan as Bharat in ‘Bharat’

Claiming to be a name without any religious or caste-based prejudices, Salman Khan’s name in the film Bharat is literally just that!

6. Sonam Kapoor as Zoya Singh Solanki in ‘The Zoya Factor’

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Based on Anuja Chauhan’s novel by the same name, Sonam Kapoor’s new character ‘Zoya’ surely has an offbeat name for a lead actress! What’s more – in tune with the film’s promotions, Sonam has changed her name across all social media to Zoya Singh Solanki.

7. Shah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh in ‘Zero’

What would be laughed off as a parody, actually became an on-screen name for the actor! ‘Bauua Singh’ was what Shah Rukh Khan was named in his film Zero. 

8. Alia Bhatt as Sehmat in ‘Raazi’

The mellow yet ferocious, meek yet bold -Alia Bhatt in the film Raazi was named ‘Sehmat’; even though throughout the film, she was everything but that!

9. Sanya Malhotra as Renee Sharma in ‘Badhaai Ho’

Similarly, Ayushmann’s co-star Sanya Malhotra was named ‘Renee’ in the same film, a name with a French origin and a very pretty sounding one at that! ‘Renee’ literally translates to someone who has been born again or ‘reborn’.

10. Ranveer Singh as Sangram Bhalerao in ‘Simmba’

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Naam mein hee wazan hai! Ranveer Singh as Sangram Bhalerao surely ticked the right boxes in terms of a weighty name, and a character that suited it.

11. Fatima Sana Shaikh as Zafira in ‘Thugs of Hindostan’

A name which means ‘successful’ – Zafira sure is a beautiful sounding name for a girl!

12. Varun Dhawan as Mauji in ‘Sui Dhaga’

‘Mauji’ was the carefree tailor in Sui Dhaaga, another offbeat name for a lead actor in a mainstream production!

13. Vicky Kaushal as Vihaan in ‘Uri’

Major Vihaan Shergill – the man of immense fortitude who was responsible for executing the surgical strikes on the Indian battlefield. Vicky Kaushal as Major Vihaan got ‘Uri’ cashing in big bucks at the box office – even though it was the first time Vicky was playing a leading man.

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