- May 2011
This is obviously a generalization as Muslims have lived in India generally in peace for generations but there are accounts of Muslims changing names in order to advance their careers (Indian Muslims pose as Hindus to get jobs). In fact one of the best examples from the Bollywood you just mentioned is star Dilip Kumar (born Yusuf Khan).Somehow, I do not believe that there is that much ethno-religionist discrimination as Bart Dale is saying in India, at least among mainstream Indians rather than the ultra-nationalist, ultra-religionist types. I mean, you see so many Muslim actors & actresses in Bollywood, and they do not seem to get any discrimination at all. Not now, not previously. And do not forget, the first president of India post-independene was in fact himself a Muslim.
BTW, there is no such thing as a 'Muslim name', strictly speaking. Only an Arabic name, which has become closely associated with Islam. In Lebanon, Syria & Egypt, you get many Christian Arabs named Muhammad, Abdullah & other typical 'Muslim sounding' names. It's no big deal for them, becos they hv always been Arabic names.