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My fans are connected more to the name Riddhima

...says Dill Mill Gaye girl Shilpa Anand who has off lately changed her name to Ohanna Shivanand.

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What's in a name? (Written by Shakespeare)  Well a name is our identity and our calling to the world!  And changing one's name is quite a big decision.  Unlike other actors like Gauhar Khan, Manish Raisinghan, etc who merely changed the spellings of their names, Shilpa Anand has completely given her name a revamp.  And what's the new name are you wondering?  Its Ohanna Shivanand!   

Hence Telly Buzz sits down in a candid chat with the lovable Riddhima who crafted a hit pair with Dr. Armaan (Karan Singh Grover) on Dill Mill Gaye, on becoming Ohanna Shivanand from Shilpa Anand.

What made you to come up with a new name and why Ohanna?

Earlier I use to live in Africa and America where Shilpa was a very unique name but when I came to India it was like there were five Shilpa's in my class.  Since then I had this thing to change my name and make it a unique one. However it just kept getting postponed.  My mom and I came across the name Ohanna which means God's special gift. It's very unique and later I switched to my original surname Shivanand because it sounded better with Ohanna. So now its' officially Ohanna Shivanand and I am very happy with my new name.

So with the change of name do you hope for a change in your career and life?

Honestly I don't know much about astrology and all but I think if you feel good then go ahead and do it. I have a strong belief in the law of attraction as well as positive thinking, so if you are feeling good with new name then I am sure it will do well for you.

So what kinds of reactions are coming for your new name?

It is sort of a mixed one as some people have liked the new name while some are like why have you chosen such a weird name. But then I understand everybody's reaction as to everyone has a unique way of thinking some may like it and some may not.

Do you think your fans could connect you with your new name Ohanna?

With due course of time ofcourse they will. I completely understand that my fans are connected to me with the name Shilpa but earlier they had fallen in love with me because of my character Riddhima. Later on they realized that 'oh' her name is Shilpa, even now at times I come across many people who acknowledge me as Riddhima not Shilpa. So I think it's just the personality, the aura and the way you carry yourself - all these things should resemble your identity and not your name. They known me as Shilpa for long and so its their choice on whether they want to address me as Shilpa Or Ohanna.  

Well with Shilpa turning to Ohanna we wish her all the best and with the new name we hope it brings more luck and success to her life!

Aakruti Damani

Karan Singh Grover Ohanna Shivanand Gauahar Khan Dill Mill Gayye 

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jasmeet92 3 years ago It is very nice movie and Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performance is brlliant in the movie.
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Regina_Phalange 5 years ago Wow her talking about Riddhima makes me miss DMG so much more. Makes me wonder how different and better everything would have been if she had not left. Anyway, whatever the name maybe, she and Karan Singh Grover looked so good together on the show. Good times!
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harshiakshi 5 years ago m happy she does what her heart says but it will always be kash for me n peaople who are using tere gutter minds n telling it to be a reason to uplift her career plz no one changes the whole name according to astro at this age knowing that she already famous with shilpa anand n its common with her as er siter changed her name too n yes may be she is not on television now a days but she is in our hearts n that is because of her soulful work because no one would have remmemberd her if she was not in good at her work n yeah se as other things to do other than television n a good business empire to take care too
love u ohaana or shilpa or the original dr. riddhima :) once ur fan always ur fan
love u stay blessed and happy proud to have as my ideal <3 <3
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shruti_kashian 5 years ago You were, are and will always be our Riddhima!! :)
Pleaseee come back on television
Love youuu
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maarina 5 years ago Ok, it's your choice... always will be our Ridhima ... Shilpa or Ohana and Karan Singh Grover - epic ...miss DMG...
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_Jalebi_ 5 years ago Ohanna Shivanand u r so gorgeous
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RosyRosh 5 years ago Ohanna is a beautiful name and very unique.
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NitikaSS 5 years ago Ohanna Shivanand
you are the best
our Riddhima Gupta

2015-07-12 05:09:44
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Shona_Shilpa 5 years ago Ohanna Shivanand / Shilpa Anand
Heart Heart
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punamluvshilpa 5 years ago ohanna,shona,shilpa,basket,braclet,riddhima..llove all names as all r your name but if u made it riddhima,i would have been the happiest person in this world.
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