There are several celebrities in the Bollywood industry who changed their name in order to match it with their powerful image. Here’s the list of some of those actors who did so and then ruled the industry like a boss:
Preetam Singh Zinta:
It seems Preity Zinta knew that her name, ‘Preetam Singh Zinta’ would not work well with her cute image for too long, hence she decided to change it to Preity Zinta.
Not many know that John Abraham’s Parsi name is ‘Farhan’. But even after having such a beautiful name, the popular actor chose to change it to ‘John Abraham’ before entering the Hindi film industry.
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia:
Before making his first appearance as a lead actor opposite Raakhee and Shantipriya in Saugandh in the year 1991, Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia changed his name to Akshay Kumar.
Sajid Ali Khan:
The Pataudi prince, who rose to fame after his film, ‘Main Khiladi tu Anari’ in 1994, changed his name from ‘Sajid Ali Khan’ to ‘Saif Ali Khan’ to suit his onscreen presence.
Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan
There’s hardly anyone who is not familiar with superstar Salman Khan’s name but there are only a few who know that his full name is ‘Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan’. However, Salman likes to keep it short and simple.
Mithun Chakraborty, fondly referred to as Mithun Da in the industry, was earlier known by the name, ‘Gouranga Chakraborty’. It was only before entering the film world that he decided to change his name.
Former Indian actress, Rekha, shortened her name from ‘Bhanurekha Ganesan’ to ‘Rekha’ for better screen presence.
Ajay Singh Deol:
Popular actor, Dharmendra Singh’s elder son, Ajay Singh Deol changed his name to ‘Sunny Deol’ on being introduced in the film industry. Surprisingly, the actor has played a character named ‘Ajay’ (which was also his former name) in 9 of his films.
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad:
Popular Tamil actor, Rajnikanth was originally named as ‘Shivaji Rao Gaekwad’ by his parents.
Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan
Just like other co-actors, Aamir too had a bigger name- Mohammed Aamir Hussain Khan, but he shortened it to ‘Aamir Khan’ after making it to the Bollywood industry.
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.
The popular actor, Ranveer Singh Bhavnani dropped his last name after entering the Bollywood industry.
Amitabh Bachchan’s father Harivansh Rai Srivastava initially kept his son’s name as Inquilab, inspired by the phrase Inquilab Zindabad popularly used during the Indian independence struggle. But later at the suggestion of fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant, he changed it to ‘Amitabh’.
One of the most controversial actresses of the Indian film industry, who was earlier named as Reema Lamba, changed her name to Mallika Sherawat on entering the glamorous world of Bollywood.
Vijay Singh Deol:
Just like his brother, Vijay Singh Deol too changed his name to Bobby Deol. Well, that definitely sounds more sophisticated.
Karenjit Kaur Vohra:
Our hot Bollywood diva, Sunny Leone, who was born to Sikh parents, was named as ‘Karenjit Kaur Vohra’ but since it didn’t go well with her pornstar image, so she had to change it to what we know her as today.
Katrina Turquotte (or Turcotte):
As per reports, it was revealed that before entering the Bollywoood industry, Katrina used her mother’s surname Turquotte but as soon as she made it to the Indian film industry, she changed it from Turquotte to Kaif, which is her father’s surname.
Famous stunt director, Verru Devgan’s son Vishal Devgan changed his name to Ajay Devgan after he entered the Bollywood industry. And later when he gained enough recognition in the industry, he changed his surname, by dropping the ‘A’ from his surname.