Style & charisma are personality traits synonymous with celebrities today. They make an impact on our minds, since we go on emulating the way they talk, dress, their hairstyles, even going on to name family members after them. There have been innumerable instances where these stars have chosen to change their name after entering the cinematic universe. It’ll be a big shock to hear the real names of the actors & actresses we have grown to imitate over the years. Here’s our list of ten celebrities who changed their name after coming to Bollywood.
One of the most beautiful actresses of her time, Sridevi is no stranger to success. She has starred in blockbusters like ‘Mr. India’,‘Roop Ki Rani and ‘Choro Ka Raja’ alongside
Amrish Puri & other big names. The star changed her name when she entered Bollywood. Her real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, but we all affectionately know her as Sridevi.
Bollywood stunner Leone announced her arrival in the 2012s season of Big Boss, where her beauty & style created a furor amongst the Indian audience. After having bagged roles alongside actors like
Naseeruddin Shah in films like ‘
Jackpot’ and ‘
Ek Paheli Leela,’ she continues to receive more & more offers each day. Born as Karenjit Kaur Vohra, Leone adopted the name Sunny on entering Bollywood since it was the nickname of her sibling.
A legend of yesteryear, Kishore Kumar will go down in books as one of the most talented singers, actors & celebrities of his time. The icon was named Abhas Kumar, but felt it was not fit for him during his early years in the industry. He then changed it to show semblance to the name of his actor brother
An actress of English origin, Katrina was born Katrina Turquotte. ‘Turquotte’ was her mother’s maiden name which she chose to adopt after her parents had a divorce when she was very young. The celebrity went on to take her father’s name, ‘Kaif,’ mainly because cricketer Mohammed Kaif was such a rage at the time she entered Bollywood. She felt an Indian surname would be best for a long career in the Indian movie industry.
Mainly known for her looks & stunning dance performances, Mallika took Bollywood by a storm with her debut movie ‘Murder,’ which led to audiences raving about her radiance & acting skills. Her real name is ‘Reema Lamba.’ The reason she took the name Mallika is that it means Queen, showing her desire to be the queen of the film industry.
Saif Ali Khan
Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi cemented his position in cinema after his debut in Yash Chopra’s directorial venture ‘
Parampara’ in 1992. However, it was the film ‘
Main Khiladi Tu Anari’ which was able to garner him both the love of the audiences, as well as critical acclaim.
Amongst the best actors in Bollywood today, with over a hundred movies in his name, this maestro needs no introduction. Highly trained in martial arts, a hard-worker and a talented actor, Kumar is the culmination of all desirable traits in one celebrity. Popularly known as the ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood, his real name is Rajiv Bhatia. He changed his name for the industry only.
8. Ajay Devgn
An actor who rose to prominence after his role in the 1991 blockbuster ‘Phool Aur Kante’, Devgn is an acclaimed actor, director & producer. He has won several awards for his brilliant performances, his versatile acting & death-defying action sequences in all the movies he stars in. His real name was Vishal Devgn.
Bollywood’s very own ‘
Bhai’, Salman is known for his larger-than-life roles, leading to the love he is showered with from his fans today. Having delivered hit movies consecutively post-2010 blockbuster ‘
Dabangg,’ his career has taken a new start. His real name is Abdul Rashid Salim Khan.
Probably the best actor of his time, Dilip Kumar has portrayed each of his roles with a layer of subtlety, sobriety & finesse, something which actors of the younger generation could learn from today. Famously known as the ‘Tragedy King,’ his acting career spanned more than six decades. His real name was Mohammed Yusuf Khan.