Names do not matter, but achievements do, and a lot of famous names from India, mainly those belonging to the glamour world have proved this again. Indian cinema has a lot of celebrities, and many names continue to exist in the hearts of their admirers. A lot of Bollywood stars have changed their real names to get fame, famous, and successful. So, let’s check out the Bollywood celebrities whose real names will surprise you.
1. Jiah Khan
Jiah khan real name is Nasfa khan. She became famous after doing the movie ‘Ghajini,’ ‘Nihshabd’ and ‘Housefull.’ The star changed her name to Angelina Jolie’s ‘Gia. She did not change the name for the luck or to be numerologically correct, Jiah name is much sexier as compared to Nasifa.
2. Katrina Kaif
The real name of Kat is Kate Turquotte. She changed it after entering the showbiz industry. She thought that the name Turquotte might be hard to pronounce for the fans so, she took Katrina.
3. Salman Khan
Sallu Bhai is a cool star loved by everyone. His real name is Abdul Rashid Salim Khan.
4. John Abraham
Similar to other celebrities, Farhan Abraham changed his name to John Abraham. And this name proved him lucky too.
5. Sunny Leone
The former pornstar Karenjit Kaur Vohra changed her name to Sunny Leone after entering his industry because her real name could cause a significant problem in the porn industry.
6. Preity Zinta
The cute and dimple celebrity of Bollywood ‘Preity‘ born with real name ‘Preetam Zinta Singh.’ So you don’t’ need any explanation about why she shortened her name.
7. Saif Ali Khan
The Nawab real name of the star Saif is Sajid Ali Khan.
8. Ashok Kumar
Yes, famous star Ashok opted for the unique name ( Kumudlal Kanjilal Ganguly) for the Bollywood career.
9. Sunny Deol
The famous hot-tempered star real name is Ajay Singh Deol. And you can see his real name in his films like Ghayal.
10. Rhehan Malik
Gaurav Chanana, the Ishq in Paris celebrity changed his name for the big fame and to offer his career a fresh kick all over again. He made his debut with ‘Woh Tera Naam Tha’ in the year 2004 with his old name.
11. Bobby Deol
Born on January 27, 1969, this Tough, macho and intense star of Bollywood Boboy has a real name, Vijay Singh Deol. He is known for the serious roles in Bollywood movies and has done a few big films.
12. Jackie Shroff
The macho king of Hindi movies was born with the name Jaikishen Kaku Bhai.
13. Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik- the only handsome hunk of Indian cinema actual name is Hrithik Nagrath. Roshan is the name of his grandfather that was adopted later on by his family members.
The funny star Govinda’s real name is Govind Arun Ahuja.
15. Ranveer Singh
The hot hunk of the Bollywood real name is Ranveer Bhavnani. He opted a unique surname it to fit modern industry.
16. Shahid Kapur
The chocolate boy and the ‘Haider’ actor is known as Shahid Khattar. Also, the long relationship with the Kapur surname in the Bollywood could be the reasons why he could have adopted the name.
17. Kamal Hassan
The versatile actor Kamal belongs to the traditional south Indian family who gifted him a beautiful name Alwarpettai Aandavar.
The late veteran actress of south cinema was named ‘Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan’ by the beloved parents.
19. Danny Denzongpa
He is one of the most unforgettable villains of all time. Danny’s name is no less than a tongue-twister. This bad man hails from the Northeast, and his real name is Tshering Phintso Denzongpa.
Tabu is one of the seasoned actresses of India, and she shortened her name Tabassum Hashim Khan.
21. Jaya Prada
She has appeared in Bollywood films with the famous actors like Jeetendra and Amitabh Bachchan. But her off-screen name is Lalita Rani.
The beautiful lady of Bollywood ‘Madhubala’ has real name Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehelvi.
23. Chunky Pandey
This funky actor is famous for his supporting roles in the Indian cinema for the films ‘Aankhein’ and ‘Tezaab.’ But his real name is Suyash Sharad Pandey.
24. Nana Patekar
The star is famous for the significant roles in the films like ‘Prahaar’ and ‘Yashwant.’ He is known Vishwanath Patekar off-screen.
25. Meena Kumari
The queen of Bollywood did melodramatic Indian films. The beautiful Meena was named Mahjabeen Bano and hails from the Ali Bux family.
26. Shammi Kapoor
People usually compare this charming hero of the Kapoor family with the rock star Elvis Presley for his unique style, but his original name is Shamsher Raj Kapoor.
The macho Punjabi man ‘Dharmendra’ who ruled the silver screen of Indian cinema at the time of 90’s and 70’s in full bloom. Dharam Singh Deol opted the name ‘Dharmendra’ for his career in films.