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Salman Khan ensures Bollywood doesn't get another Alia

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 02, 2014
First Published: 12:17 IST(2/6/2014) | Last Updated: 17:10 IST(12/6/2014)

Bollywood already has one actor called Alia Bhatt. And if it wasn’t for Salman Khan, the industry would have had another one by the same name.

Not many know that newbie Kiara Advani, who is set to make her big screen debut soon, was renamed by Salman Khan.

The young star’s original name is Alia Advani, but when Salman (who knows Kiara’s mother well) found out that she was entering the industry, he decided to give her a new name, especially since Alia Bhatt is already an established actor in the same age-group.

Read: Salman Khan: the reason behind Kiara Advani's debut in Bollywood

“Actually, Salman sir and Ashvini (Yardi; co-producer) came up with the name together. I also liked it instantly,” says Kiara, adding, “More than anything else, I feel it has been done for the audience’s convenience, so that they can differentiate between the two actors. So, from now on, I will officially be known as Kiara, and not Alia. I am happy with Salman sir’s suggestion.”

Ask Kiara if she has had a chance to discuss this name change with Alia Bhatt, and she says, “I met her some time back and we had a good laugh about it.”

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