There is a curious case seen in Bollywood names. The character names are repeated over and over in movies. The movies which were success had their legacy not only in terms of their presence in our hearts but also in term of character names.
Here is the list of few names that are director or actor specific.
Karan Johar- Anjali:
Karan Johar’s favourite name for a screen character seems to be Anjali. Anjali was Kajol’s name in his debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Not just Kajol, but a child actress was also named Anjali in the film.
There was a scene where both Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan confuse the Anjali in their lives with the other one. Again in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum, Kajol was named Anjali.
Salman Khan- Prem
Sooraj Barjatya who always endorsed love in his films, named his first hero Salman Khan after that emotion as Prem. Once Maine Pyaar Kiya was a big hit, Salman seems to have loved the title so much that he has repeatedly used the name Prem. he has used the same name in over 13 films so far.
The films includes Partner, Marigold, No Entry, Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye, Chal Mere Bhai, Biwi No 1, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Sirf Tum, Deewana Mastana, Judwaa, Hum Aapke Hai Koun! Andaz Apna Apna and Maine Pyaar Kiya. Ironically the Prem of Bollywood has had a tough time when it comes to love.
Barjatya – Prem
Not just Salman Khan but the man who gave him this name, Sooraj Barjatya, himself caught fancy of the name. For his first three films, the name Prem obviously went to Salman Khan. But post Salman Khan, Barjatya continued to name the characters as Prem.
There was a whole film inspired by this error of mistaken identities when both Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan were named Prem in Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon. Shahid Kapoor followed the Prem legacy in Vivah and even Sonu Sood was named Prem in Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi.
Shah Rukh Khan- Rahul
Shah Rukh Khan has been associated with the two most common names. The first is Rahul which was his name in most of his big hits including Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Yes Boss, Zamana Deewana and Darr.
The other most common name he is associated with is Raj, with which he started in the film Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and continued in films like Heyy Babyy, Chalte Chalte, Mohabbatien, Badshah, Deewana and the most popular being Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.