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Real Names of Bollywood Celebrities

Many Indian Actors and actresses have changed their names either for the director’s advice or as per an astrologer. All Bollywood stars want catchy names so that their followers can easily remember them. The main factor of changing names is they should be memorable to the audience and unique names to get more audience reach. 

Well, many Indian celebrities have changed their names. The real names of Bollywood celebrities are not known by their fans. In this article, we have made a list of celebrities who are more popularly known by their screen names than their actual name. 

Celebrities Real Name 

1. Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh means the light never goes away. His father Harivansh kept it as Inquilaab Srivastava.  AS Harivansh ji was against the caste system that’s why he made his title pen name “ Bachchan “. while all credit goes to Sumitra Nandan Pant Ji for changing his name from Inquilaab to Amitabh.

2. Salman Khan

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Salman Khan is Abdul Rashid Saleem Salmaan Khan. His grandfather’s name is Abdul Rashid and his father’s name is Saleem Khan.  He is famous as Salman Khan superstar or Bhaijan of Indian Cinema.

3. Kiara Advani

Kiara Advani’s real name is Alia Advani while she was set to debut in the movie she changed her name with the advice of Salman Khan because Alia Bhatt was already a famous reason why she changed so fans don’t get any confusion with names.

4. Katrina Kaif

Katrina’s real name is Katrina Turquotte because she is a British Citizen. After the separation of her parents, she got Kaif from his father’s name. While she was debuting in Indian cinema she renamed her name Katrina Kaif so that Indian audiences could easily pronounce it.

5. Saif Ali Khan

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Saif Ali Khan is Sajid Ali Khan. He belongs to a very famous Pataudi family. This Tagore family is enough for fame but Saif changed his name.

6. Sunny Deol

The real name of Sunny Deol is Ajay Singh Deol, he is famous for dhai kilo ka haath. He changed his name before his debut to Bollywood as Sunny Deol.

7. Mahima Chaudhary

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Mahima Chaudhary is Ritu Chaudhary. She is a very beautiful and stunning actor who looked amazing while she was working in Indian cinema. She left long back but she is active on social media.

8. Govinda

The one who made his name very popular and his all-time favorite actor Govinda’s real name is Govind Arjun Ahuja. He made an image of Raja Babu that is very famous.

9. Chunky Pandey

This name suits him very well. He has worked a comic role in more than 80 films but his real name is Suyash Sharad Pandey. I loved his comic role.

10. Akshay Kumar

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Akshay Kumar is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia. In one film he trained in martial arts the coach’s name was Akshay, and he liked it so much that he changed his name. He had a very long name that turned into Akshay Kumar.

11. Shilpa Shetty

Model, businesswoman, and beautiful actress Shilpa Shetty changed her name with the advice of an astrologer her name was Ashwini Shetty. She gained fame name, and money with her new name only.

12. Johnny Lever

Who doesn’t know the most famous mimicry actor Johnny Lever this name was given by a worker of Hindustan Lever Ltd after a function in which he entertained the people. His real name is John Paraksh Rao Janumala

13. Madhubala 

Her career started as a child actor when she was called Baby Mumtaz, later she changed to Madhubala. The real name of the Bollywood celebrity is Begum Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi.  The name represents the beauty of Indian cinema. Her life wasn’t fairytale but she was very beautiful. 

14. Ajay Devgan 

Ajay Devgan’s birth name was Vishal Veeru Devgan. There were many names for Vishal, so he changed his name to Ajay before his debut in Hindi cinema. 

15. Rajinikanth 

The famous South Indian actor Rajnikanth’s real name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad. In south Rajnikanth is loved by his fans not even in South India loves him because of his aspiring career in acting. The Rajnikanth name was given by South director K Balachander stage name to avoid confusion between fellow actor Shivaji Ganesan. This famous name was taken from the south movie of him, Major Chandrakanth. 

16. Shakti Kapoor 

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Shakti Kapoor is Sunil Sikanderlal Kapoor. He got the Kapoor title in his legacy but he has earned his name as a villain as a comedian also.

17. Mithun Chakraborty

The real name of Bollywood Celebrity Mithun Chakraborty is Gouranga Chakraborty. In Bollywood, he is also called as Mithun Da. He is famous as a Disco Dancer of Bollywood. 

18. Jackie Shroff 

Jackie Shroff’s real name is Jaikishen Kaku Bhai. As per the report, he explained the reason behind the name changes. He had one classmate in school, who was from Hong Kong, and he felt that his name was quite long, so he had fun with the name, and started calling Jai’ Ki and from there innovation of Jackie. 

19. Tiger Shroff

The Son of Jackie Shroff is Tiger Shroff, on his father’s path he also changed his name before debuting in an Indian movie. The real name of Bollywood celebrity Tiger Shroff is Jai Hemant Shroff. Once he told me that he had a habit of biting things. Once he bit a teacher from there he was called a tiger in the school. 

20. Shahid Kapoor 

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Shahid Kapoor is Shahid Khattar. His parents Pankaj Kapoor and Neelima Azeem divorced when he was 3 years old only, later her mother married Rajesh Khattar. He was with his mother until he got divorced, Shahid’s passport name is still Shahid Khattar. 

21. Dev Anand

    The real name of Bollywood celebrity Dev Anand is Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand. His name is too difficult to pronounce by the audience. 

22. Rekha 

Rekha was born in a Tamil family and her real name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. She shorted her name as stage name Rekha and is famous for this name. Her father and mother were also Telugu Tamil actor, Gemini Ganesan’s father name and Pushpavali. Her father married four times as there were a lot of kids. She told her father even noticed her as she interacted very little time. 

23. Mallika Sherawat 

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Mallika Sherawat is Reema Lamba. She changed her name before entering Bollywood as sometimes she also dropped his father’s name because her father told her that she would ruin her family’s reputation while working in films. 

24. John Abraham

The real name of Bollywood celebrity John Abraham is Frhan Abraham, he changed his name to John. 

25. Rajkummar Rao 

     Rajkummar Rao’s real name is Raj Kumar Yadav. He changed his surname and added one more M to his name to say it denotes his Mother. 

26. Sridevi

The real name of Bollywood celebrity Sridevi is Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapam. Later the name was changed because her name was not attractive and it was difficult to remember the name changed to Sridevi. 

27. Sanjeev Kumar 

The real name of Sanjeev Kumar is Harihar Jethala jariwala . This name is really cute in Gujarati name but really difficult to pronounce and remember for the audience. So big thanks he changed his name to Sanjeev Kumar. 

28. Preity Zinta

The Famous girl for Dimples in  Bollywood is very beautiful and gorgeous and wins many hearts because of her dashing look. Her real name is Preetam Singh Zinta. She changed her name to Preity Zinta for easy remembering. 

29. Dilip Kumar 

The real name of Bollywood Celebrity Dilip Kumar is Mohammed Yusuf Khan. The man who wins the hearts of all Indian people because of his real acting. In Bollywood, he changed his name to Dilip Kumar. 

30. Prabhas 

The real name of Bollywood Celebrities Prabhas who is very famous for Bahubali is Venkata Satyanarayan Prabhas Raju Uppalapati. As this name was really difficult to remember and pronounce he changed his name to Prabhas. 

These are all about the Indian celebrities’ real names later he/she changed the name for better reach in Indian cinema. Some changes are advised by an Astrologer or either by his director or friends.

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