Salman Khan to Shilpa Shetty: 25 Bollywood actors & Their Real Names You Probably Didn’t Know
There are many celebrities in the Indian film industry, from Dilip Kumar to Big B to Salman Khan , Shilpa Shetty whose real names are not known to their fans.
Indian celebrities often change their names either for astrological reasons or as advised by their directors, producers to adopt an attractive screen name, one which won’t be easily forgotten by the audience. Like how writers get a pen name, artists(actors & actresses) also take a stage name or screen name.
The main reason behind choosing the screen name is that it should be memorable, unique in the industry, to gain popularity and in some case because of the luck factor. For example, the born name of Amitabh Bachchan is Inquilaab Shrivastava and Bhaijaan of Bollywood Salman Khan is Abdul Rashid Salim.
Well, there are many stars in the Indian film industry, from Dilip Kumar to Big B to Akshay Kumar whose real names are probably not known to their fans. Here we have compiled a list of Indian stars who are popularly known by their stage name than the actual name. Their birth names are slightly or drastically different from the names they are known by today. Take a look.
25 Bollywood Actors & their Real Names-
- Amitabh Bachchan — Inquilab Srivastava
- Rajnikanth — Shivaji Rao Gaikwad
- Rekha — Bhanurekha Ganeshan
- Tabu — Tabassum Fatima Hashmi
- Sunny Leone — Karenjit Kaur Vohra
- Akshay Kumar — Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
- John Abraham — Farhan Abraham
- Katrina Kaif — Katrina Turquotte
- Ajay Devgn — Vishal Veeru Devgan
- Tiger Shroff — Jai Hemant Shroff
- Prabhas — Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati
- Ranveer Singh — Ranveer Singh Bhavnani
- Shilpa Shetty — Ashwini
- Kiara Advani — Alia Advani
- Anushka Shetty — Sweety Shetty
- Jackie Shroff — Jai Kishan Kakubhai Shroff
- Preity Zinta — Preetam Zinta Singh
- Mallika Sherawat — Reema Lamba
- Sridevi — Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapam
- Salman Khan — Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan
- Dilip Kumar — Muhammad Yusuf Khan
- Chunky Pandey — Suyush Sharat Chandrakant Deshpandey
- Dharmendra — Dharam Singh Deol
- Mithun Chakraborty — Gourango Chakraborty
- Jeetendra — Ravi Kapoor
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