Many of our favorite Bollywood stars have pet names; some have been given to them by co-stars and many of them they have had since childhood. A few we knew and there were a few surprises. So we thought we would give you some of our favorites.
For the men:
SRK has a great pet name given to him by Juhi Chalwa, Lucky Ali. Gullu is Gulshan Grovers pet name and it does not seem to fit the bad guy of Bollywood. Of course there is Guddu and the one everyone knows Duggu for Papa Roshan and son. Shahid Kapoor has the cute name of Sasha. Akshay Kumar’s friends call him Raju since his real name is Rajiv Bhatia, Akshay, aka Akki, is his screen name.
One of the best ones is Govinda’s, which was given to him by his mother. “In Punjabi, Chi Chi means little finger. Apparently, Lord Krishna lifted an entire mountain on his little finger so that his poor friends could take shelter. Chi Chi’s a symbol of strength and unity,” says Govinda.
There are two stars that have pet names that are really out of the ordinary. Suniel Shetty says just call me Anna but why we don’t know. However, the winner for the funniest name has to be Faffy, which is what Aftab Shivdasani’s near, and dearest call him.
For the ladies:
Sushmita Sen’s pet name is Titu! Bipasha Basu’s parents called her Bonny when she was young and Chinki is Celina Jaitley’s pet name at home. Mahima Chaudhary has a pet name based on her real name Rits for Ritu Chaudhary. Mahima is her screen name. Tabu is her screen name and also her pet name both come from Tabassum.
Many know that Bebo and Lolo are the nicknames of Kareena and Karisma Kapoor. Karisma says, “I got it from my dad because my mother liked the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigidia.” Amisha Patel has two of the sweetest names, which she loves, Sunshine and Angel. She says, “Both were given by an uncle who lives in Paris. He used to spoil me silly,”
But the winner for the funniest name goes to Priyanka Chopra, whose pet name is Piggy Chops. Abhi or Abhishek gave her that name during the filming of Bluffmaster and unfortunately for Priyanka it stuck.