What is in a name?
“What is in the name, a rose smells as sweet by any other name” said the most famous bard Shakespeare.
In Bollywood, if a movie becomes hit then the character name of the star is repeated in many of his upcoming films because it is thought to be lucky.
Thus superstar Amitabh’s character has been called “Vijay” in as many as 19 movies. We had a boy who was attendant in our office whose real name was also “Vijay”. I asked him his name and when he told “Vijay”, I jokingly said that this is the name Amitabh has in many movies, to which he said reel life is not the real life. Although, in most of the films, Vijay came from a very poor background and destiny catapulted him to riches- all rags to riches kind of stories. May be our Vijay was in the initial stages of his role in the life although the chances of his becoming a man covered in moolah seem to be remote.
Similarly, there is another name which is very popular in Hindi movies and that is Rahul. This name has been adopted by Shahrukh Khan in as many as seven movies. Before that he had repeated another popular name called “Raj”.
Then Salman Khan thought that “Raj” is also lucky for him, so this was repeated in four of his movies. But now he thinks “Prem” is very lucky for him.
Similarly when in some of Salman’s hit movies, the songs for him were sung by southern singer S.P.Balasubramaniam, he insisted on the music directors to get the songs synced by him to be sung by this singer only.
As for as the girl’s names are concerned, Pooja is the most popular name. Almost all the popular modern heroines like Karishma Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit used this name for their characters in movies.