Bollywood Stars Who Changed Their Names
Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world when it comes to the number of movies released each year. So, as far as an actor or an actress is concerned, to be always remembered by the audience, acting is just not a criteria. They move on to other areas as well to keep them appear on screen all the time. Changing of names has also become a popular trend among them to make themselves alive in the minds of the people.
If we look at Bollywood industry at a glance, we can see numerous stars who have got a name change. Some claim it for numerology reasons while some say their old name is not suiting their stardom. Even some have changed for their superstitious beliefs. Whatever it be, let us have a look at the popular Bollyood stars who got a change in name once they entered the film industry.
Yesteryear actor Ashok Kumar’s real name is Kumudlal Ganguly. He got his name changed after he entered movies.
Surprised? Yes, even Big B got his name changed after entering into movies. Earlier, he was known as Amitabh Srivastav.
Dileep Kumar’s real name was Yusuf Khan. He changed in after entering into movies.
Dev Anand had a very complex name before entering into movies. So, he was forced to change his name from Dharam Devdutt Pishorimal Anand to Dev Anand which is much simpler and sweet.
Haribhai Jarivala was not an apt name for an actor. So, he got his name changed to Sanjeev Kumar.
Govinda’s parents had named him Govind Arun Ahuja, which he changed to Govinda.
Ajay Devgn’s parents had named him Vishal Veeru Devgan, which later became Ajay Devgan. No, he has removed the letter ‘a’ from his last name as well for numerology reasons.
Akshay Kumar’s original name was Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, who was a struggling chef. He made his luck after entering into movies.
John Abraham, who is a Parsi by birth, was named Farhan by his parents.
Madhubala, the beauty queen of her times, had her original name as Mumtaz.
Actress Rekha changed her name from Bhanurekha Ganesan. Still, she is one of the most sensuous actresses in the film industry.
Katrina Kaif’s real name was Katrina Turquotte. She changed her surname after Jackie Shroff’s wife Ayesha advised her to change.
Late actress Jiah Khan’s real name was Nafisa Rizvi Khan.
Shilpa Shetty was earlier known as Ashwini Shetty, which did not match her career in films.
Mallika Sherawat, who hails from Haryana was known as Reema Lamba before entering into movies.
Nisha was earlier known as Priyanka Kothari before entering into movies. Director Ram Gopal Varma changed her name to Nisha.
Mahima was earlier known as Ritu before entering into movies.
Jatin Khanna was the real name of late actor Rajesh Khanna.
Tabu’s real name was Tabassum Hashmi Khan.
Jeentendra’s real name is Ravi Kapoor.
Sunny Leone’s real name is Karenjit Kaur Vohra.
Many more stars are there who have got their name changed. I have listed only a few of them, who are much popular.Bollywood Stars Who Changed Their Names by Gayathry