Monday, January 17, 2011

Bebo, Saif: Gen X Salim, Anarkali

Bollywood has its fair share of superstars who have some very embarrassing and some endearing pet names.

It's common knowledge that Hrithik Roshan is called Duggu and his father Rakesh Roshan — Guddu. Govinda is Chichi. The Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was called Munna by his mother, Teji Bachchan, and his younger brother Ajitabh is called Bunty by the Big B.

Vidya Balan is referred to as Vidu at home. And, of course, Sunny and Bobby are the pet names of the Deol brothers who are originally jats by the names of Ajay Singh and Vijay Singh.

The Kapoor khandaan has not felt shy of calling Randhir Kapoor — Dabboo, Rishi — Chintu, and Rajiv — Chimpu. The Kapoor sisters are also famous by their pet names — Lolo (Karisma) and Bebo (Kareena).

But wait, here's an interesting catch. Some of our Bollywood stars have been rechristened by their own families. A source says, "Babita Shivdasani-Kapoor's nickname for her daughter Kareena is Anarkali. And Kareena's beau, the royal Saif Ali Khan, is Salim. Whenever Babita refers to Kareena and Saif (especially amongst the inner circle) she apparently talks about "Salim and Anarkali".

The source says that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is the darling of the Bachchan parivaar, is called Pari (Fairy) at home. "In fact, even when Jaya Bachchan reportedly refers to Ash in front of their close Bollywood friends, Mrs B invariably says, 'Wait a while, Pari will join us shortly,'" added the source.

Karan Johar is embarrassed as hell by his pet name Pappu. However, when Hrithik shot with the filmmaker and TV host for his talk show Koffee with Karan, the light-eyed superstar, who is one of KJo's closest friends, apparently kept calling him "Pappu" all through. And Pappu blushed red, saala.

But the one who takes the bakery is Neetu Singh who refers to her son Ranbir Kapoor as Raymond. Why Raymond? An insider says, "Neetu thinks that Ranbir is a complete man. She even voiced this on a talk show saying that after God made Ranbir, he broke the mould." Maa ka laadla bigad gaya... but Gautam Singhania must be delighted.

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