From Uorfi Javed To Gauahar Khan: TV Stars Who Changed Their Names

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Kumkum Pattnaik
Kumkum Pattnaik
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‘What’s in a name?’ said famous playwright William Shakespeare. But he had no idea that it still mattered tremendously in the twenty-first century, especially to our celebrities. Yes, numerous stars have consulted astrologers and tweaked their name spellings or even changed their real names to ensure a smooth run in the company.

While some Bollywood actors have changed their names due to numerology or other personal reasons, our television stars are not far behind in jumping on the bandwagon. Yes, we have several TV personalities that have changed their names.

While some celebrities are fervent believers in numerology, others are superstitious and would not hesitate to adopt a new name or, for that matter, a different spelling of their terms. So, let’s look at some TV stars that changed their identities after starting the business.

1. Nia Sharma

Nia Sharma’s actual name is Neha Sharma, and she is India’s most popular television actress and is hailed as one of the world’s sexiest women. That’s right; you read that correctly. The actress changed her name because she disliked how common it was. “Neha is a pretty common name, but I am quite unusual,” Nia was reported as saying of her name change. In a crowd of 200 people, I stand out. So I decided to go by the name Nia. It’s unique, just like me.”

2. Rashami Desai

One of the biggest names in the TV industry, Rashami Desai, is well known for her role as Tapasya in the blockbuster television serial ‘Uttaran.’ Rashami was once known as Divya, but she eventually changed her name. “Yes, I have changed my name from Divya to Rashmi because of numerology,” she informed TOI about the change. My mother sought the advice of a well-known numerologist. I was advised that immediately changing my name to Rashmi will ensure my success.”

3. Uorfi Javed

OTT Bigg Boss fame Urfi Javed has changed her name’s spelling. While her name will be pronounced the same, it will now be written Uorfi. “Hi folks, so I’ve officially changed my Uorfi,” she wrote on her Instagram story. Urfi will be pronounced the same way! All that has changed is the spelling. Thank you, love Uorfi.” “I just want everyone to be mindful when writing my name today so that even I am mindful (I keep forgetting).”

4. Raqesh Bapat

Raqesh Vashisth was Raqesh Bapat’s last name. According to reports, the actor’s original surname was Vashisth, but he changed it at his mother’s request. ‘Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak?,’ ‘Qubool Hai,’ and ‘Saath Phere,’ to name a few, have starred the actor. He last appeared in the film ‘Tu Ashiqui.’

5. Veebha Anand

Veebha Anand is best known for her role as Sugna Shyam Singh in the film ‘Balika Vadhu.’ While the sole reason for the actress’s name change is unknown, it appears that it did not go well for her. The actress has featured in shows like ‘Mahabharat’ and ‘Begusarai’. She most recently appeared in &TV’s ‘Laal Ishq.’

6. Gauahar Khan

Gauahar Khan’s name now has an extra ‘a’ in it. She did so before starting the seventh season of ‘Bigg Boss.’ She went on to win the competition. That’s incredible. Gauahar has appeared in several exciting shows and films following her incredible run on the reality show.

7. Swwapnil Joshi

Swwapnil rose to prominence after portraying Krishna in Ramanand Sagar’s hit television serial of the same name. He used to sign his name Swapnil Joshi, but now it’s Swwapnil Joshi with an extra ‘w’. Swwapnil went on to conquer the Marathi film business after starring in several famous series. He is now appearing in Marathi serials and films.

8. Ridheema Tiwari

Ridhima Tiwari, the actress from ‘Sasural Genda Phool,’ has changed her name to Ridheema Tiwari. She did so, according to reports, to avoid an identity problem and because of numerology. ‘Begum Jaan,’ a film starring Vidya Balan, marked the actress’s Bollywood debut.

9. Vahbbiz Dorabjee

While some people change their names to include a new alphabet, actress Vahbiz changed hers to eliminate a letter. Her name was once spelt Vahbbiz Dorabjee. With ‘Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani,’ the actress made her small-screen debut. She was most recently seen in the film ‘Bahu Hamari Rajni Kant.’

10. Rohitashv Gaud

Rohitashv Gaud

His roles in sitcoms such as ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain!’ and ‘Lapataganj’ have made him well-known. He has also appeared in films such as ‘PK’ and ‘3 Idiots.’ In his first name, the actor has appended a ‘v’.

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