While Dilip Kumar’s Yusuf Khan, Mallika Sherawat’s Reema Lamba may be known to all, there are certain Bollywood celebrities who haven’t really opened up on their original names, the ones they were known by prior to their entry into the film industry. Get ready to be surprised.
Ashwini Shetty alias Shilpa Shetty
You read that right. Ashwini became Shilpa, when her mother, Sunanda Shetty, who is an astrologist decided to rename her daughter due to numerology.
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia alias Akshay Kumar
Unlike other actors, Akshay Kumar has been pretty candid about why he changed his name. The actor was inspired by Kumar Gaurav’s character, Akshay, in Mahesh Bhatt’s Aaj, in which he had a blink and miss appearance. “I would only observe Gaurav and his acting. I don’t know what happened but one day I just went to the court and got my name changed”, Akshay once told the press.
Ajay Singh Deol alias Sunny Deol
Turns out the dhai kilo ka haath actually belongs to someone called Ajay, who decided to change it to Sunny before entering the Indian film industry. His brother Vijay followed suit, and became Bobby Deol.
Inquilaab Srivastava alias Amitabh Bachchan
Yes, revelation of the century. For all those of you who expected just a different first name, surprise surprise! Turns out Amitabh wasn’t originally Amitabh, nor was he a Bachchan. It was actually the famous Indian poet Sumitranandan Pant, who suggested the name ‘Amitabh’ to the actor’s father, poet Harivansh Rai – who used ‘Bachchan’ as his pen-name, hence, Amitabh Bachchan. Woah!
Bhanurekha Ganesan alias Rekha
Daughter of Indian actor Gemini Ganesan, Rekha is more like the actress’ nickname.
Sajid Ali Khan alias Saif Ali Khan
A leaked copy of Saif and Kareena’s marriage certificate revealed that the Nawab Of Pataudi’s official name is Sajid Ali Khan. Interesting, no?
Vishal Devgan alias Ajay DevGn
Even though the actor has never openly spoken about his changed name, it is believed that Vishal Devgan became Ajay DevGn due to numerology.
Aaliya Advani alias Kiara Advani
Kiara’s first name is actually Aaliya – and it was Salman Khan who advised her to change it because there was already an Alia Bhatt in the industry. It was, however, the Lust Story actress who picked the name Kiara.
Jai Hemant Shroff alias Tiger Shroff
Tiger Shroff’s real name is Jai Hemant Shroff – believe it or not Tiger is the name given to him by his father Jackie Shroff who had revealed that he had named his son so because he would bite like a tiger when he was just a kid.
Katrina Turquotte alias Katrina Kaif
The surname used was her mother’s – Susanne Turquotte. It was after she moved to India, that the actor adopted her father’s surname Mohammed Kaif, who is a British businessman of Kashmiri descent.