As Kiara Advani’s next film JugJugg Jeeyo starring Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor is set to be released this Friday, June 24, throwback to this Throwback Thursday, as the Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 actress revealed that her real name is Alia and she changed it before entering Bollywood.
In an interview with Filmfare in 2019, Alia said, “My name has been Kiara since my debut in 2014. I didn’t want to confuse the public with Alia Bhatt, an established superstar. It was just the right thing to do – to have your own identity. Why have two Aliases?”
She even shared the Priyanka Chopra connection behind choosing her screen name, continuing, “The name, Kiara, was inspired by Priyanka Chopra’s movie Anjana Anjani, where she introduces herself as, ‘Hi, I’m Kiara”. I thought to myself, “What a beautiful name. If I have a daughter, I will name her Kiara”. But before that, I needed a name for myself. So, I took it.”
In a Season 2 episode of Voot’s Feet Up with the Stars hosted by famed fashion designer Anaita Shroff Adajania, Kiara revealed that Salman Khan, who made a special appearance in the title track of Kiara’s first Bollywood film, Fugly , had suggested to him to change his first name Alia before entering Bollywood.
“Alia is my first name. Salman Khan suggested I change it because of Alia Bhatt because there can’t be two actresses with the same name in Bollywood. He suggested the change, but Kiara is the name I chose. Now even my parents have started calling me Kiara,” the actress said in the 2019 episode of The Cat.
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It seems that Kiara always kept Alia as her middle name since her Instagram handle is kiaraaliaadvani, read as Kiara Alia Advani.