We all know that actors like Akshay Kumar and Mallika Sherawat have changed their names before entering Bollywood. But there are more than a handful of other stars who have changed/ modified their names before entering the land of glitz and glamour. Here are Bollywood celebrities & their real names.
1) Inquilab Srivatsava
Amitabh Bachchan was initially named Inquilab inspired by the popular slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’. At the suggestion of a fellow poet, his father changed the name to Amitabh. Although his surname was Shrivastava, Big B’s father had adopted the pen name Bachchan.
Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan
Glad he’s just called Salman Khan. Tried to keep the dialogue short and simple like his movies!
John was born to a Christian father and a Parsi mother. He got his name John from his dad and his mother’s side decided to call him Farhan. Would have been cool to have a Farhan Akthar and Farhan Abraham chill together!
Preetam Singh Zinta
Pritam the music composer and Preetam the actress, what a blast! Thank you Preity, the cuteness would have been completely lost in that name!
Read More: 10 Hottest Foreign Actresses in Bollywood
Yup! Bhanurekha the daughter of legendary Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan uses the stage name Rekha.
Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan
Try remembering that! Bhanurekha had to become a Rekha and Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan had to become a Sridevi!
Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan
The perfectionist that he is, Aamir Khan has to compete with Salman Khan even with the length of the name!
Shilpa’s mother who is also an astrologer decided to rename her in the 90s because it carried better prospects for her daughter according to numerology. Wonder why her mother didn’t think of this when Shilpa was born?
Read More: Sunny Leone’s Super Hot First Workout DVD
Karenjit Kaur Vohra
You cannot do porn with a name like that. Hence came Sunny Leone, no affiliation or credit given to Sunny Deol.
The former sex-icon decided to change her name to Mallika to avoid confusion with another actress named Reema. Sherawat is her mother’s maiden name.
Tabassum Fatima Hashmi
Tabu apparently has over a 100 pet names in the industry from Tabs, Tubs to Tobler and Toblerone. Her real name is Tabassum, which sounds like one of her pet names right?
Read More: Top 10 South Indian Actresses
Katrina was born to a British mother from where she got her surname Turquotte. She chose to use her father’s surname Kaif in Bollywood as its easier to pronounce. Although, her father has had no influence on her as he was raised by her mother.
22) Singham Vishal Devgan
Okay, we just added Singham for extra effects But it’s true, Ajay’s real name is Vishal. Devgan is now Devgn. Vishal Devgan- Ajay Devgan- Ajay Devgn.