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Top 10 Real Names Of Bollywood Celebrities That Will Surprise You

Top 10 Real Names Of Bollywood Celebrities That Will Surprise You Hindi Article

Our name is our identity. It sometimes helps us in establishing a brand value/identity for ourselves. People call us by our names, and we respond to them. We get called endearing nicknames by the close people. Some Bollywood stars changed their names or the spellings of their names. The reasons include numerology for luck, or there may be an actor who is already famous with their name. Some Bollywood celebrities changed their names for fame, success, and identity. Here are the top 10 real names of Bollywood celebrities that will surprise you:

1. Amitabh Bachchan

One of the most influential actors in Indian cinema history, Big B's real name is not Amitabh Bachchan. His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan adopted the pen name Bachchan when he started writing poetry. Born as Inquilaab Srivastava, the name Amitabh was suggested by the poet Sumitranandan Pant. He was admitted to school with the same name and later debuted with this name.

2. Dilip Kumar

Considered one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema, Dilip Kumar's real name was Muhammed Yousaf Khan. He changed it to make a stage name Dilip Kumar with which he started his film career. His iconic performances in movies like Devdas and Mughal-E-Azam made him a household name.

3. Rajnikanth

Superstar Rajnikanth's real name was Shivaji Rao Gaikwad. Director Balachander changed the name of Shivaji and chose the name Rajinikanth, a character from the movie he directed titled Major Chandrakanth. Since then, Rajinikanth has been leading the Tamil film industry with his new name, unique mannerisms, and acting skills.

4. Katrina-Kaif

Katrina was given her mother, Suzanne Turquotte’s last name at birth. Her mother raised her, her siblings, and her step-siblings. When she debuted in Bollywood with the movie Boom, Katrina adopted her father Mohammad Kaif's surname. Many times, her father's identity was questioned. Katrina called these comments hurtful.

5. Akshay-Kumar

This Khiladi star's real name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia. He changed it to Akshay Kumar, as suggested by Pramod Chakravorty, the director of his first film Deedar. With or without a name change, Akshay would've been as phenomenal of a performer at the box office.

6. Jackie Shroff

Born to a Gujarati father and Turkmen mother, Jackie Shroff's real name is Jaikishan Kakubhai. The name 'Jackie' was suggested by one of his classmates, and the name stuck on him by then. He was launched by Subhash Ghai with the film Hero by the same name.

7. Preity Zinta

Everyone loves this dimple queen who delivered some of the most outstanding performances in Bollywood. But do you know that she entered Bollywood with her name Preetham Singh Zinta shortened to Preity Zinta? This short and sweet name suits her more.

8. Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat changed her name from Reena Lamba to what she is known today before her debut to give herself a fresh start, leave her past behind and make a name in the Bollywood industry. This name is catchy and suits her personality very well.

9. Shilpa Shetty

We don't see Shilpa Shetty on the silver screen anymore, but she stunned us in all the roles she played before she was active in the industry. Back when she was trying hard to make it in the industry, an astrologer advised Shilpa's mother to change her real name from Ashwini to Shilpa to bring her luck, and this made her dreams come to reality.

10. John Abraham

This handsome hunk changed his name from Farhan Abraham to John Abraham before his debut in Bollywood. His father used to call him John, which he liked and later adopted.

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