18 Famous Bollywood Celebrities Their Real Names Will Surprise You

Shakespeare once said, What’s in the name?

It seems our celebs took it seriously, they changed their real names to get famous, successful, or few start a fresh life.

Would you change your name?

Few celebrities who changed their Real name

Jiah Khan

Jiah aka Nafisa Khan changed her name to Jiah after Angelina Jolie’s “Gia”. She didn’t change the name for luck or to be numerologically correct but she thought that Jiah is a much sexier name than Nafisa. After doing movies “Ghajini”, “Housefull” and “Nishabd”.

Katrina Kaif

Kat’s real name is Kate Turquotte. She changed her name to enter showbiz. She thought Turcotte might be difficult for her fans to remember or even pronounce. How thoughtful Katrina 🙂

Mallika Sherawat

Reema Lamba is the real name of Mallika. To start a new life and forget her past she changed her name.

Salman Khan

Abdul Rashid Salim Khan is the real name of Salman Khan. We don’t need any reason why the name was changed. Salman is short and cool. Isn’t it?


The legendary South Indian actor, The Rajnikanth was born with the name, Sivaji Rao Gaekwad. Director K. Balachander gave Sivaji Rao the name Rajnikanth, which also proved lucky for him.

John Abraham

Like other film stars, Farhan Abraham changed his name to JOHN and this name proved lucky for him too.

Sunny Leone

To be in the porn industry, her real name would have been a big problem. So she changed her real name from Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Sunny Leone.

Preity Zinta

The dimpled star was born with the name Preetam Zinta Singh. Do you need any explanation as, why she changed the name?

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh’s father kept the name Inquilab Srivastava but after Sumitra Nandan Pant’s suggestion, it was changed to Amitabh.

Akshay Kumar

Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, Yes that’s the real name of Akshay. Once upon a time, a waiter changed his name and career and now the Whole World knows him


Ravi Kapoor, more famously known as Jeetendra.

Mahima Chaudhary

Mahima was launched as Ritu Choudhary in Pardes. She has taken a break from movies and enjoying motherhood these days.

Saif Ali Khan

Marriage application filed by Saifreena at Bandra court disclosed that Saif’s real name is Sajid Ali Khan

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar opted for a different name for his Bollywood career and changed his name from Kumudlal Kanjilal Ganguly.

Mithun Chakraborty

Mithun’s real name is Gouranga Chakraborty. He ruled the Bollywood during 1980’s. These days young talent calls him DADA.

Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar’s real name is Muhammad Yusuf Khan, He changed is name after entering in film Industry.

Rhehan Malik

Gaurav chanana (Rhehan Malliek), Ishqk In Paris star, changed his name for luck and to give his career a fresh start all over again. Rhehan said “Gaurav had lots of baggage. Even when I was in school, there were five boys with the same name in my class”. His made his debut with “Woh Tera Naam Tha” in 2004 with his old name. Before working in  Ishqk in Paris, he has also worked in the soaps like “Yehi to hai wo”, “Sanjeevani” and “Rishton ki dor

Sunny Deol

Sunny Deol’s real name is “Ajay Singh Deol”, you can see he use his real name in many movies like in Ghayal his name was Ajay.

There are few more actors who changed their real name for their fans like Boby Deol real name is Vijay Singh Deol, Ajay Devgn real name is Vishal Devgan, now it’s becoming a trend in Bollywood to have a different name.