Bollywood Stars And Their Real Name

Featured-NamesIt 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.

Salman-Khan-Quadi-No-201Salman Khan 

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?

Katrina-kaifKatrina Kaif

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-Khan002Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan‘s real full name is Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan. But Mr. Perfectionist only uses Aamir Khan.

Amitabh-BachchanAmitabh Bachchan 

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.

Ranveer-Singh-0065Ranveer Singh

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-leoneSunny Leone

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.

Ajay-Devgn-Don-Look-02Ajay Devgn

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.

John-Abhram-001John Abraham

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.

Akshay-Kumar1Akshay Kumar
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.

KamalHaasanBirthdayKamal Haasan

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.

Mallika-SherawatMallika Sherawat  

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, Dimple Kapadia give Mahurat clap for KrantiveerNana 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.

Preity Zinta-16Preity Zinta

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.

Shilpa-Shetty-9Shilpa Shetty

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.


Haider actress Tabu‘s real name is Tabussum Hasmi Khan. The gorgeous actress chose the first four letters from her name to be recognized by.
Sunny DeolSunny Deol 

Sunny Deol‘s real name is Ajay Singh Deol. We have seen the actor use his real names for his reel characters. For example, in his film GhayalSunny‘s character’s name was Ajay.

Sunny & Bobby Deol promote Chamku at CinemaxBobby Deol 

Bobby Deol followed his brother’s footsteps and changed his name from Vijay Singh Deol to Bobby Deol. Well, no complaints there. Bobby sounds much cooler, wouldn’t you agree?



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