Akshay Kumar and Akshaye Khanna: A few years ago, Khiladi Kumar kept receiving text messages meant for Vinod Khanna's actor-son for a week. The SMSes were about Akshaye Khanna's shooting updates, but the person responsible mistakenly kept sending the messages to the wrong actor
Rajat Kapoor and Rajit Kapur: The two have been mistaken for each other numerous times. A few years back, a speaker at an event lauded Rajit for his performance in Dil Chahta Hai (DCH). Rajit had to quickly interrupt him, informing that was Rajat and not him. For the record, Rajit is the actor who immortalised the detective Byomkesh Bakshi on Indian television while Rajat is an acclaimed actor-director, who has acted in films like the Bheja Fry series and Phas Gaye Re Obama!
Karan Grover and Karan Singh Grover: With such an identical name, there's bound to be confusion, and it doesn't help that both are TV actors. Karan Grover mentioned in an interview that people often call him for meetings only to tell him that he wasn't the one they had invited. Karan Grover has acted in shows like Saarrthi and Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli and played Gulshan Roshanlal Grover in 'Hum Aapke Hai In-laws'. Karan Singh Grover is most remembered as Dr Armaan Mallik of Dill Mill Gayye. He forayed into Bollywood with Alone opposite Bipasha Basu, who he later married!
Karan Mehra and Karan Mehra: One Karan Mehra played the lead Naitik in the long-running TV show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. The other played a character with negative shades named Yug Mehra in Amrit Manthan. The latter, who was not as popular back then, used to keep getting calls from fans who think he was Naitik!
Raj Kumar Gupta and Rajkummar Rao: Gupta, the critically-acclaimed director of films like Aamir and No One Killed Jessica, who also directed Ghanchakkar starring Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi, used to often mistakenly mentioned in media articles with the surname Yadav. Raj Kumar Yadav who later became Rajkummar Rao has acted in LSD, Ragini MMS, Kai Po Che!, Queen, CityLights, Behen Hogi Teri, web series Bose: Dead or Alive, Newton, among others!
Imran Khan and Emraan Hashmi: When Emraan was shooting in Mumbai for Ek Thi Daayan and Imran was in Chandigarh for Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (both Vishal Bhardwaj projects), clothes meant for Emraan were delivered to Imran in Chandigarh!
Reema Sen, Riya Sen, Raima Sen and Rimi Sen: Riya and Raima are Moon Moon Sen’s daughters, but Reema and Rimi are often mistaken for the same though neither is related to Moon Moon in any way. Reema acted in Hum Ho Gaye Aapke opposite Fardeen Khan and has given some hits down south. Rimi has acted in successful Bollywood films like Hungama, Dhoom, Golmaal and Johnny Gaddaar.
Raaj Kumar and Rajkumar: When Kannada superstar Rajkumar died in 2006, Pura Raajkumar (son of noted Bollywood actor Raaj Kumar) was inundated with calls expression condolences. The fact of the matter was that Puru's father had passed away a decade ago, in 1996!
Ali Zafar and Ali Abbas Zafar: The namesakes collaborated in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan too. While Ali Zafar is the Pakistani actor who played Imran Khan's brother in Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Ali Abbas Zafar was the director of the same film!
Vipul Shah and Vipul D Shah: Vipul Shah is the director of popular films like Aankhen, Waqt: The Race Against Time and Namastey London while Vipul D Shah is a more known name in television circles. He produced popular shows like Crime Patrol and Kahani Comedy Circus Ki
Farah Khan and Farah Khan Ali: Farah Khan is a choreographer-turned-director, who made her acting debut with Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi. Farah Khan Ali is a jewellery designer and the daughter of actor-director Sanjay Khan. She is married to DJ Aqeel. Sussanne Khan and actor Zayed Khan are her siblings.
Nigaar Khan and Negar Khan: Nigaar is a TV actor known for portraying negative characters in many shows. She got confused with Negar Khan (a Norwegian national), an item girl who featured in the Chadti Jawaani remix and was deported to Norway in 2005 for allegedly providing false documents to procure work visa. Little-known Bollywood actor Sahil Khan is her ex-husband.
Toshi Sabri and Tochi Rainaa: Toshi (extreme left) is a singer who has participated in many reality singing shows and also sang the track Maahi in Raaz – The Mystery Continues. Tochi (right) is also a singer, who rendered his voice to Saibo in Shor in the City and Aali Re in No One Killed Jessica.
Feroz Khan and Feroze Abbas Khan: While the late Feroz Khan was one of the suavest stars of Hindi cinema, Feroze (in the picture with Anil Kapoor) is a popular theatre personality, who directed the critically-acclaimed film Gandhi, My Father.
Kunal Kapoor and Kunal Karan Kapoor: Kunal Kapoor (not Shashi Kapoor's son) is a Bollywood actor, who had a key role in Rang De Basanti and later starred in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. He was last seen in Gold which also had Akshay Kumar as part of the cast. Kunal Karan Kapoor is a popular TV actor, who played Mohan Bhatnagar in Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha 2.
Amrita Arora Ladak and Amrita Rao: Back in 2009, political activists barged into a venue where Amrita Rao was shooting after they got information that Amrita Arora Ladak would be doing a shoot for PETA in 'bare minimal'. After realising their mistake, the activists apologised to Rao. Ironically, Amrita Arora was pregnant at the time of the incident. Arora is Malaika Arora's sister. She was a VJ who had an unsuccessful Bollywood career as an actress and is presently happily married to businessman Shakeel Ladak. Rao is also an actress, who gained fame with Ishq Vishk, and was later seen in Jolly LLB.
Sara Khan and Sara Khan: One Sara Khan played Alka in Dhoondh Legi Manzil Humein, and the other Sara Khan (left), a more popular one, played the key character of Sadhana in Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai, and also took part in Bigg Boss 4.
Sanjay Gupta and Sanjay F Gupta: Sanjay Gupta is the writer-director of slick action films like Kaante, Musafir and Shootout at Wadala among others. Sanjay F Gupta is a noted cinematographer (for Shootout at Wadala as well). He has been a cinematographer for big films like Singh Is Kinng, Welcome and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. In 2005, he directed the Priyanka Chopra-John Abraham starrer Karam.
Kapil Sharma: Bollywood now has too many people called Kapil Sharma. There is the debutant director of I Me Aur Main (left). There's also actor Kapil Sharma — brother of filmmaker Anil Sharma (middle). Plus, the stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma.
Zakir Hussain and Zakir Hussain: One mention of the name and the image of the tabla maestro instantly springs to mind. However, Bollywood also had in its midst an actor of the same name, who is reasonably talented. Zakir Hussain has been appreciated for his performance as Shardul in Johnny Gaddaar and the comic Sajid Don in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Showbiz is often abuzz with tales of mistaken identities due to many Bollywood and TV celebs sharing similar names, in some cases exactly the same. We narrate some interesting stories, and also make an effort to simplify things by informing you who is who and what exactly do they do
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