Akshay Kumar finally reveals the reason behind dropping his original name Rajiv Bhatia

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar who is currently busy promoting Taapsee Pannu’s upcoming film ‘Naam Shabana,’ which also has him reprising his role from ‘Baby’ in an extended cameo.

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Akshay who is also a producer of the film ‘Naam Shabana’ accompanied with actors Taapsee Pannu and Manoj Bajpayee, co-producer Neeraj Pandey and director Shivam Nair — visited HT City on Monday to meet winners of the Stars In The City Contest.

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During an interesting conversation Akshay was asked why he changed his name from Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia to Akshay Kumar, the actor answered the question without any apprehension.

He replied “No one has ever asked me this question. My first film was Aaj (1987) which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starred Kumar Gaurav. The name of Gaurav’s character was Akshay. I had a 4.5 second role in it and I would only observe Gaurav and his acting. I don’t know what happened but one day I just went to the court and got my name changed. I don’t know why I changed my name …. I just went to the Bandra East court and got it done. Main kucch bhi nahi tha us time pe phir bhi maine visiting card banwaye. Then I went out to get work, time was in my favour, and I got films after that”.

Directed by Shivam Nair, ‘Naam Shabana’ is a prequel of Akshay’s hit movie ‘Baby’. Unlike Baby, Naam Shabana will have Taapsee Pannu in lead, while Akshay will do an extended cameo. It also features Manoj Bajpayee. The movie is slated to be released on March 31.

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