15 Stars Who Changed Their Names Before making it big in Bollywood!


1.Katrina Kaif

Real name of Katrina was Katrina Turquotte but she adopted her Kashmiri father’s surname, Kaif, because it is easier to pronounce.

2. Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta changed her name. She was called Preetam Singh Zinta at birth.

3. Salman Khan

He was given a rather long name at birth – Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan

4. Akshay Kumar

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia would sound so dull on his personality and have never become the Khiladi.

5. Ranveer Singh

His full name is Ranveer Singh Bhavnani. He skipped the Bhavnani since it’s long and not catchy enough.

6. Saif Ali Khan

According to the official records by Saif, Saif is actually  named Sajid Ali Khan.

7. Malika Sherawat

She abandoned her real name, Reema Lamba, before joining Bollywood.

8. Shilpa Shetty

Original name of her was Ashwini Shetty before joining Bollywood. Her mother, an astrologer, suggested the name change for luck.

9. Amitabh Bachchan

Late poet, Harivansh Rai, used Bachchan as his pen name. His actual surname was Srivastava, and hence Amitabh was named “Inquilab Srivastava” who would have known him if he was inquilab.

10. John Abraham

He was born Farhan. But, for some reason, he changed it to John before joining Bollywood.

11. Dilip Kumar

Things were different in the Hindi film industry back in the 1940s, when Muhammad Yusuf Khan started his acting career and for an appealing name he choose Dilip kumar.

12. Rajkummar Rao

 He acted in a few films as Raj Kumar, and as Raj Kumar Yadav in a few others. He changed his name to Rajkummar Rao to avoid confusion with the actor Rajpal Yadav.

13. Ajay Devgn

He was given the name Vishal Devgan at birth. He opted to go by Ajay before joining Bollywood, and a few years ago, changed the spelling of his surname for numerological reasons.

15. Sunny Deol

 Sunny Deol is one of the most successful actor of Hindi Cinema. Besides acting, Sunny has been able to establish himself as a producer and director. His real name is Ajay Singh Deol and it was while entering the film industry that he changed it to Sunny Deol.

16. Rekha

Born Bhanurekha Ganesan, she acted in many films with that name before changing it to just Rekha.

17. Sunny Leone

Sunny was born Karenjit Kaur Vohra, which she changed before joining the adult film industry.

18. Mithun Chakraborty

     The reigning Disco king of Bollywood in the 80s, Mithun Da, was Gourango Chakraborty before he joined Bollywood.

Think hard before you name your kids, people. You never know how famous they might become some day!

19. Rajinikanth

This legendary actor was Shivaji Rao Gaekwad at birth. He was rechristened by the director of his debut film, K Balachander.