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Weird Bollwood nicknames you didn’t know

Update : 26 Feb 2016, 07:56 PM

While a heavyweight Bollywood last name like Khan, Bachchan or Kapoor can ensure a jump-start to a career in the industry, nicknames too are a big part in B-town. Kareena’s “Bebo,” her sister Karishma’s “Lolo,” Govinda’s “Chichi” and Saif Ali Khan’s “Chotey Nawab” may well be known to all but there are a few other celebrity nicknames which many don’t know about. Some are funny, some cute and the rest are just embarrassing. Read on, to find out which celebrity has a cute nickname and who has a weird one.

Ranbir Kapoor

The torch-bearer of the Kapoor khandaan was nicknamed “Ganglu” by his grandfather and legendary actor, Raj Kapoor. However, that is not the only nickname he owns. Everybody else in his family calls him “Dabbu” and his mother calls him “Raymond,” since she thinks of him as “the complete man.” Whew, that’s a lot of names to keep track of!

Hrithik Roshan

With Greek-god-like features, Roshan junior is widely known by a rather cute name, “Duggu,” in-sync with his father’s nickname, “Guddu.” D’aww!

Priyanka Chopra

The former “Miss World” has done quite well for herself in recent times with stellar performances in Quantico, Bajirao Mastani and others, but her name “Piggy Chops” by Abhishek Bachchan seems to have stuck with her. PC is called “Mithoo” because of her childhood habit of mimicking others. She has also been named “Mimi,” after the French diva Mimi Rogers.

Alia Bhatt While Alia is already a cute and short name, this rising star is called “Aloo” by her family members. Her chubby cheeks during teenage years is what prompted the nickname.

Varun Dhawan

“Pappu.” Yes, while it is hard to absorb such a contrasting nickname, with his recent performances, Varun has proved that Pappu can actually dance sala.

Shraddha Kapoor

Interestingly, it is her childhood friend, Varun Dhawan aka “Pappu,” who gave Shraddha the nickname, “Chirkoot.”

Parineeti Chopra

The Bollywood cutie is referred to as “Pari” by her close friends, but her actual nickname is “Tisha.”

Ashwarya Rai

The other former Miss World in the list, Aishwarya Rai is known as “Ash” for obvious reasons. But what many don’t know is that her true nickname is “Gullu.” We failed to make a connection between her and the name!

Sonam Kapoor

Often thought of as a fashionista, Sonam Kapoor is lovingly called “Giraffe” by her father Anil Kapoor because of her height. 

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