Artistes often adopt impressive stage names, and Bollywood stars are no exception. Sometimes they do that after consulting numerologists and astrologists, and sometimes they just want a more unique name. Some even change their last names to fit in. Here are 18 actors who changed their names, and went on to have thriving careers.
Preetam Singh Zinta
She changed her name to Preity Zinta because she knew that Preetam Singh Zinta wouldn’t work well with her cute image for too long.
He was born Farhan. But, for some reason, he changed it to John before joining Bollywood.
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
Because Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia would have never become the Khiladi, so he changed his name to Akshay Kumar.
Sajid Ali Khan
According to the marriage application filed by Saif and Kareena at the Bandra court, Saif is actually Sajid Ali Khan.
Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan
He was given a rather long name at birth – Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan but Salman likes to keep it simple and short.
The reigning Disco king of Bollywood in the 80s, Mithun Da, was Gourango Chakraborty before he joined Bollywood.
Born Bhanurekha Ganesan, she acted in many films with that name before changing it to just Rekha fot better screen presence.
Ajay Singh Deol
This Sunny also changed his name before making it big in Bollywood. He was born as Ajay Singh Deol. Surprisingly he has played a character named Ajay in 9 of his films.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
This legendary actor was Shivaji Rao Gaekwad at birth. He was rechristened by the director of his debut film, K Balachander.
Mohammad Aamir Hussain Khan
He shortened his name to Aamir Khan from Mohammad Aamir Hussain Khan before making it big in Bollywood.
Govind Arun Ahuja
Govinda didn’t shorten or change his name like other popular actors. He only added an ‘A’ to his name, which definitely suits his electrifying image.
Ranveer dropped his last name from Ranveer Singh Bhavnani before entering Bollywood.
Late poet, Harivansh Rai, used Bachchan as his pen name. Their surname was Srivastava, and hence Amitabh was named Inquilab Srivastava. But later at the suggestion of a fellow poet he changed the name to Amitabh.
She ditched her real name, Reema Lamba, before joining Bollywood.
Vijay Singh Deol
Just like his brother, Vijay Singh Deol too changed his name to Bobby Deol. Well, that definitely sounds more sophisticated.
Karanjit Kaur Vohra
Sunny was born Karenjit Kaur Vohra, which she changed before joining the adult film industry.
Katrina Turquotte (or Turcotte)
Katrina used her mother’s surname Turquotte. Katrina Turquotte adopted her Kashmiri father’s surname, Kaif, because it is easier to pronounce.
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 by dropping ‘A’ from it for numerological reasons.