‘What’s in a name?’ they say. Well, if you really want to know, ask Bollywood. Many critics say, “The industry is superstitious and they always look for ways and means to make their movies a success. So if a name works then people tend to keep using it because of its strong recall value.”


For many actors, the name of the character they are playing matters a lot, especially when some names becomes like a second self. Amitabh Bachchan at one point, was better known by his screen name Vijay. Shah Rukh Khan played Rahul in six of his films while Salman Khan stuck to Prem. It also works for producers who want to keep naming the characters the same way because people connect some actors with certain names.

So, here we would like to refresh you with the popular names that our Bollywood stars stick to in many of their films. Have a look, we might amaze you.

Amitabh Bachchan As Vijay

Amitabh Bachchan used the name ‘Vijay’  in 21 films. Yes, that’s true. Can’t remember all of them. Let us help. Films like Zanjeer, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, Deewaar, Trishul, Hera Pheri, Don, The Great Gambler, Kala Patthar, Do Aur Do Panch, Dostana, Shaan, Shakti, Aakhree Raasta, Shahenshah, Agneepath, Akayla, Ek Rishtaa: The Bond Of Love, Aankhen, Nishabd, Rann and Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap.

Shah Rukh Khan As Rahul

Rahul a name which made the hearts skip a beat. Shahrukh Khan too had his share of films as Rahul like  Darr, Zamaana Deewana, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Yes Boss, Dil to Pagal Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Chennai Express.

Salman Khan As Prem

His first film was a Superhit and his name was Prem. It got charmed and Salman potrayed characters named Prem in many films like Maine Pyaar Kiya, Marigold, Chal Mere Bhai, Biwi No 1, Judwa, Deewana Mastana, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaye, No Entry Mein Entry, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun,  Andaaz Apna Apna, Ready, Patner, No Entry.

Akshay Kumar As Raj

Akshay Kumar too did half a dozen films with his name as Raj. Suhaag, Khiladi, Andaaz, Zulmi, Haan Maine bhi Pyaar Kiya,  Aitraaz, Dosti: Friends Forever.

Kareena Kapoor As Pooja

 Poo!!! Pooja, That’s the name that made the hearts beat faster. Kareena played the character named Pooja in four films. Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai, Jeena Sirf Mere Liye, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Tashan.

Saif Ali Khan As Raja

Saif Ali Khan has returned to one of his early career popular names ‘Raja’. This name got associated with him in his early films which people really appreciated. Aao Pyaar Karein, Hamesha, Tu Chor Mein Sipahi, Udaan, Bullet Raja.

Madhuri Dixit As Madhu

For Madhuri there are many names. From Dhak Dhak girl to Mohini. But the name which we remember was Madhu. Films with this character name of madhuri are Pratikar, Dil, Raja and Jeevan Ek Sanghursh.

Hrithik Roshan As Rohit

That smile with Gitar, those eyes and a guy who could move and had the name ‘ROHIT’. Well in Hrithik’s first movie his name was Rohit. Well the magic worked if you believe it and is still going. Films in which Hrithik has Rohit as his character name are Aap Mujhe Ache Lagne Lage, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai,  Koi Mil Gaya.

Karisma Kapoor As Pooja

The Kapoor Khandaan daughter Karisma played all sorts of roles from the next door girl to the girl with the oomph factor someone with name like Pooja. Some of the films with her character name Pooja are Saajan Chale Sasural, Saput, Aashiq, Biwi No. 1, Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, Suhaag, Aatish: Feel The Fire and Khuddar.

Sunny Deol As Arjun

Deol son started his career as a romantic but action was his calling. The same goes with the name as well. Arjun, the name best associated with him as he too carried the characters with this name very well. Some of the films with this character name are: Arjun Pandit, Dacait,  Zor, Kaise Kahoon Ke Pyaar Hai, Teesri Aankh :The Hidden Camera, Lakeer- The Forbidden Lines.

Ajay Devgan As Ajay

Ajay Devgan, the man whose first entree in bollywood was a balancing act on two bikes. Who became the heart throb the very instant. He chose his own name as his screen names and that worked for him quite well. His films as Ajay are Phool Aur Kaante, Dil Hai Betaab, Suhaag, Gundaraj, Jung, Ishq, Haqeeqat, Zakhm, Hindustan Ki Kasam, You Me Aur Hum and Apaharan.

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