Last release: The Lunchbox

Name check: Hailing from Rajasthan, the celebrated actor’s full name is Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan. He’s commonly known as Irrfan Khan. However, he recently decided to let go the surname and add an ‘r’ to his first name. Going by the way his career has been sky-rocketing, looks like his gamble has paid off handsomely.


Last release: Bajatey Raho

Name check: Taking a leaf from his father, Tusshar Kapoor too decided to drop his last name. In July, the Golmaal actor took to Twitter and requested his fans, media to refer to him as Tusshar and not Tusshar Kapoor.

Raj Kumar

Last release: Kai Po Che!

Name check: According to the young actor, he always found his full name Raj Kumar Yadav too long. In fact, people would approach him and ask whether he is Rajpal Yadav’s brother! He prefers Raj Kumar now or just Raj.

Girish Kumar

Last release: Ramaiya Vastavaiya

Name check: Being the son of a film producer might be advantageous in its own sweet ways. But Ramesh Taurani’s son went on record saying that sharing a popular surname brings huge share of stress too. As a result, the debutant said goodbye to his family title and uses the ubiquitous Kumar.

Going with only one name is not uncommon. There has been a bevy of stars who didn’t use or rely on their surnames:

Rekha: Originally named Bhanurekha Ganesan, the half-Tamil, half-Telugu actress preferred to not make the most of her actor-parents’ legacy even during her struggling days in Bollywood.

Sridevi: Inarguably the first female superstar of Bollywood, this actress of Tamil origin never employed her surname and built a memorable career with just a one-word name.

Govinda: Born Govinda Arjun Ahuja and nicknamed Chi Chi, the Punjabi boy from Virar went on to star in over 130 films. Simply put, he made it with a name that clicked with the masses.

Tabu: The Hyderabad-born actress was initially named Tabassum Hashmi but when the industry reckoned, she condensed it to Tabu.

Kajol: Belonging to the illustrious Mukherjee-Samarth family who made early advents in Indian cinema, Kajol made sure not to use her surname as she went solo.

Courtesy: Mid-day

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