I’m sure most of us have a nickname that our entire family or close ones use. In some cases, the nickname would supersede one’s given name, which would only be uttered during official occasions. The cute moniker sticks with us until old age, with our real name all but forgotten!
Celebrities too have catchy and quirky nicknames. Some are even famously addressed by their pet names. Get a kick out of the nicknames of some of Bollywood’s biggest stars:
Were you the chubby little girl in your family? If so, you are likely to have a cute nickname affectionately given to you. As a chubby little girl, Alia Bhatt was called ‘Aloo’ – a moniker which has stayed with her to date.
Her family often calls her ‘Aloo’ at home to tease her, while also expressing their love for her.
Though she lights up the red carpet with her extravagant looks and seized the Miss World title, Aiswarya Rai is greeted with a very cute home name that is ‘Gullu’. Her nieces and nephew and family members address Aishwarya as ‘Gullu mami’ or ‘Gullu’.
Her fans, meanwhile, address her as Ash, and she once stated that she has never liked or favoured being called the name.
The epitome of female boldness for blazing a trail in the international film industry, Priyanka Chopra has carved a name for herself in Bollywood and Hollywood.
Priyanka has numerous pet names. Born “Mithu”, little Priyanka was never able to properly pronounce her given name. Her parents renamed her Mimi, after Mimi Rogers, the French actress. The actress also had the nickname ‘Sunshine’ in school, possibly because of her sunny nature.
She is also identified by the media as Pee Cee or PC. Later, actor Abhishek Bachchan, however, gave her a new name, ‘Piggy Chops’, that stayed with her. When it comes to nicknames, Priyanka is always a sport and has never taken offence when called by her quirky pet names.
In an Indian family, when you are unusually tall, you better watch out, as a height-related nickname will definitely come for you. Sonam Kapoor, who stands 1.75 m, is the tallest among her family members.
In an interview recently, Sonam revealed that her dad, Anil, nicknamed her ‘Giraffe’ merely because of her height. So, being called an animal’s name is completely normal and cute, and there’s absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about, as such names are given purely out of affection.
instantbollywood.comKareena said her pet name was inspired by Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, of whom her mother was a fan. The actress’ grandfather, Raj Kapoor, initially called her Siddhima.
In Bollywood, Kareena is known for being one of the glitziest and most iconic actresses. Often, she is acknowledged as Bebo by her family and fans. Long before the release of Bebo Main Bebo, everyone had already addressed Kareena as Bebo.
On the reason behind the moniker, the actress spilled the beans that her father and mother desired both herself and elder sister, Karisma to have funny names. So, they called them Lolo and Bebo, and they said there’s no specific reason for the nicknames – it’s just for mere fun!
Daddy Randhir Kapoor gave the eccentric name to Kareena as he likes to call her “Bebo, the Tigress”.
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