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30 Famous Celebrities Who Changed Their Real Name For Bollywood!!

A name is like a tag attached to one’s identity by which an individual is known. People have a tendency to recognise a person with the name they first are known to what if the real name is altogether different from the name you are aware of.

This situation is very common in Bollywood where your favourite celebrities have made big in the industry with a distinct name. Going forward to the reason behind the name changing process, some are doing it to suit the modern era and personality while others are setting the names as per numerology.

Well, celebrities have a notion to come up with a new thing in order to earn fame unlike a normal person who thinks changing a name questions his/her identity and prefers to continue with the name given at birth.

Here is a list of celebrities who have changed their names for various reasons:

Amitabh Bachchan -> Inquilab Srivastava


The first name in the list of Bollywood cannot be laid back here. Widely known as “Amitabh Bachchan” around the globe has his name as “Inquilab Srivastava” behind the silver screen.

Rekha -> Bhanurekha Ganesan


Rekha’s real name is pronounced as Bhanurekha Ganesan but has no connection with the fact that she is a timeless beauty.

John Abraham -> Farhan Abraham


John Abraham the fitness freak’s original name is Farhan Abraham.

Nargis -> Fatima Rashid


Fatima Rashid” is the real name behind the beauty of golden times, Nargis

Kamal Hassan -> Alwarpettai Aandavar


Did you know? Kamal Hassan is a name known to the entire film fraternity but “Alwarpettai Aandavar” is proclaimed to be his original name.

Rajinikanth -> Shivaji Rao Gaekwad


Enna Rascala! Superstar Rajinikanth is a name which is deliberately famous around the world but has been hiding the original name, “Shivaji Rao Gaekwad”.

Mithun Chakraborty -> Gouranga Chakraborty


The disco dancer was originally known as Gouranga Chakraborty before entering the stream of Bollywood that gave him name “Mithun Chakraborty”.

Nana Patekar -> Vishwanath Patekar


Generous personality of Nana Patekar beholds another name for which he should be truly known, “Vishwanath Patekar”. Must say, he is justifying the name by saving farmer families around the country. Original one suits you, Nana!

Akshay Kumar -> Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia


You will be stunned to know that the name you have been spelled out so far was modified. Akki’s original name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia.

Johny Lever -> Janardhan Rao


Johnny Lever has stood behind the strong and amazing comedy roles played ever in Bollywood. What if you know the name behind your favorite comedy actor is “Janardhan Rao” inspite of Johnny lever?

Jeetendra Kapoor -> Ravi Kapoor


Jeetendra Kapoor is widely known actor among the superior generation as well as the present one. Revealing his real name as Ravi Kapoor and which is also not a familiar denomination for Jitu.

Shammi Kapoor -> Shamsher Raj Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor

Shammi Kapoor’s real name is Shamsher Raj Kapoor. The actor came up in the industry with the sole identity of Shammi Kapoor.

Dev Anand -> Dharam Devdutt Pishorimal Anand


Dev Anand is a name among the legendary heroes of industry but a fact attached to him is known to us recently. His real name is Dharam Devdutt Pishorimal Anand.

Ashok Kumar -> Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar will remain studded in Bollywood among the legendary actors. But, do you know the real name of this actor? He dropped the name Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly.

Chunky Pandey -> Suyush Sharat Chandrakant Deshpandey


Suyush Sharat Chandrakant Deshpandey is the real name behind Chunky Pandey.

Govinda -> Govind Arun Ahuja

Govinda-8310Did you know Govinda was using a stage name before? His original name is Govind Arun Ahuja that was later modified by him to Govinda.

Jaya Prada -> Lalita Rani


It can be quite difficult to match the persona but Jaya Prada’s original name is Lalita Rani.

Katrina Kaif -> Kate Turqouis


Katrina Kaif is popular name among the world but has kept her real name secretive while entering Bollywood. Her actual name is “Kate Turqouis”.

Hrithik Roshan -> Hrithik Nagrath


The case is slightly different from the one mentioned above. Hrithik Roshan as brought a change only in the last name keeping the first one same. He was earlier known as Hrithik Nagrath.

Sanjeev Kumar -> Haribhai Jarivala


Putting his original name at stake, Sanjeev Kumar laid back the name “Haribhai Jarivala”.

Ajay Devgan -> Vishal Devgan


Currently known as Ajay Devgan, has kept his actual name “Vishal Devgan” hidden.

Shilpa Shetty -> Ashwini Shetty


Can’t imagine the fitness author with another name? Yes, Shilpa Shetty a come down a long way from her real name, “Ashwini Shetty”.

Salman khan -> Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan


Salman khan has modified his name since the original one required strength to pronounce, “Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan”.

Madhubala -> Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehelvi


Madhubala has engraved her name in the Bollywood legends but do you know the success was associated with her real name, “Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehelvi”.

Rajesh Khanna -> Jatin Khanna


“Babu Moshay, Zindagi badi honi chahye, lambi nahi”. Yes, Rajesh Khanna should be tagged by the name of Jatin Khanna

Tabu -> Tabassum Hashmi Khan


Although, the actress have not made it to the steaming personalities of Bollywood but definitely made an attempt changing her name from “Tabassum Hashmi Khan” to “Tabu”.

Preity Zinta -> Preetam Singh Zinta


Suprisingly, Preity Zinta has modified her name from “Preetam Singh Zinta” that was the dropped before she entered Bollywood.

Guru Dutt -> Vasanth Kumar Shiv Shankar Padukune


Original name of Guru Dutt is “Vasanth Kumar Shiv Shankar Padukune”.

Sunny Leone -> Karenjit Kaur Vohra


Unbelievable it can be! Actual name of Sunny Leone is “Karenjit Kaur Vohra”.

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