Experimenting with surnames and initials is something which is common now. While majority do it to bring prosperity, luck and fortune here is an actor who believes not much in luck or fortune but simply in correct pronunciation of his name, literally.
Prashaant Kumar, who hails from New York, the city of skyscrapers, added a letter ‘A’ to his name so that people could pronounce his name phonetically correct. “People back there in New York don’t pronounce Indian names correctly. I am very much particular about my name and how it is pronounced. I simply added a letter to my name not because I believe much in luck or prosperity or fortune but simply because I want people to pronounce my name correctly.
Prashaant, who is two films old in the Indian film Industry, has made another change. He has dropped his surname Gupta and is now using his middle name ‘Kumar’ as his surname. When asked what made him do this, the actor who made a cameo in Rajshri’s ‘Ek Vivak Aisa Bhi’ and won loads of appreciation from all says, “I have always been a big time Bollywood freak. I grew up in New York watching Indian films more than any other foreign films. I decided to stick with ‘Kumar’ because the name says it all. The legacy of the word ‘Kumar’ is itself self-explanatory. Be it Dilip Kumar, Raj Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar or Akshay Kumar they all have been a milestone to the Indian Film Fraternity.”
Prashaant Kumar, who was last seen in ‘Kaalo-the desert witch’, which was the first day light horror film in India will soon be seen in a negative avatar in ISSAQ along with Prateik Babbar, Ravi Kissen.
Prashaant also makes a special request for the media people in India and New York who have been publishing him as Prashant, “I have been covered by a lot of newspapers and magazines as ‘Prashant Kumar’. It would be appreciating if people start writing and publicize my name as Prashaant Kumar. I changed my name during my struggling days back there in New York and I decided to stick to it when I landed in Mumbai. There maybe a lot of Prashants everywhere but I am Prashaant with an additional “A”, he laughs.