It is said that a person is defined by his actions and not by his name. That a person is known for what he or she does, after all, Shakespeare once said, “What’s in the name?” But certainly, our Bollywood stars don’t fully believe that. Here’s a list of Bollywood celebrities who either completely changed their names or took a short cut before starting or taking a new step in their new life.
Here’s a list of Bollywood Celebrities Who Created Their Own Name, literally, created.
Not a lot of people know this but Bollywood’s Dabangg Khan’s real name is Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan. The actor made his stage name as Salman Khan, short and powerful, right?
Bollywood’s gorgeous “Kat” lady’s real name is Katrina Turquotte but Katrina changed it to Kaif to enter the showbiz. Maybe Katrina thought “Turquotte” might be tough for her fans to spell and pronounce. Well, the actress still uses her real name on her passport, though.
Aamir Khan‘s real full name is Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan. But Mr. Perfectionist only uses Aamir Khan.
Originally Amitabh Bachchan was named Inquilab by his father, but after Sumitranandan Pant’s suggestion, he changed it to Amitabh. Amitabh also took his father’s pen name’s surname “Bachchan“, though his real surname was Srivastava.
Ram Leela star Ranveer Singh dropped his surname. Apparently, Ranveer‘s real name is Ranveer Singh Bhavnani. But the actor let the last name go, before entering Bollywood.
Sunny Leone chose a different career, so the diva chose a new name to be known by. Before entering the adult movie business, Sunny changed her name from Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Sunny Leone.
Bollywood’s Singham Ajay Devgn‘s real name is Vishal Devgn. We don’t know why the actor chose the name “Ajay“, but for whatever reasons, we totally love him nonetheless.
Like most of the Bollywood stars, “John” is not John Abraham‘s real name. Dostana actor’s real name was Farhan Abraham but the actor changed it to John.
Yes, Baby actor Akshay Kumar‘s on the list as well. Can you guess what his real name is? Even if you do, you won’t even be slightly close to his actual name. Why? well, take a look yourself. Akshay Kumar‘s real name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia! After all, Akshay didn’t only just change his career.
South’s legendary star Rajnikanth‘s birth name is Sivaji Rao Gaekwad. Most of his fans know Rajnikanth‘s real name. Apparently, the name “Rajnikanth” was given to him by filmmaker K Balachander. Well, the name proved to be lucky for him.
South’s legendary actor Kamal Haasan‘s real name is Alwerpettai Aaandavar. Well, we don’t need a reason to for why the actor changed his real name. Alwarpettai Aandavar would have been easier for us to pronounce or spell.
The actress changed her name from Reema to Mallika, meaning ‘Queen‘, to not be confused with another actress with the same name. While Sherawat is her Mallika‘s mother’s maiden name. The actress uses her mother’s maiden name as a tribute to her mother for all the love, care and support. Nana Patekar
Nana Patekar‘s real name is Vishwanath Patekar. But the actor changed it to Nana Patekar before starting his career in Indian film industry. Well, “Nana” suits his character.
The dimple queen of Bollywood, Preity Zinta‘s birth name is actually Preetam Singh Zinta. The pretty actress changed her name from Preetam Singh Zinta to Preity Zinta.
Baazigar star Shilpa Shetty‘s real name was Ashwini Shetty. But the actress decided to change her name to Shilpa. Though it is reported that all of her legal documents carry the name Ashwini on them.
The still-so-young-and-beautiful goddess Rekha‘s real name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. The actress took “rekha” out of her name and made it her stage name.