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From Katrina Kaif to Salman Khan, Bollywood superstars who ditched their birth name for 'stardom'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 June 2020, 11:59 IST
From Katrina Kaif to Salman Khan, Bollywood superstars who ditched their birth name

Bollywood celebs are one who inspires millions to dream big through their movies or lifestyle. People adore their favourite celeb’s every action from his name to movies to lifestyle everything and even tends to adopt his or her lifestyle patter or imitate the way the talk. Well, some even name their kids after them so that even their kid gets the same success as them. However, we often forget that they are also human beings and they have also followed the same path as us. Many celebs in the entertainment world changed their name or spelling or just a surname before entering the entertainment industry to try their luck and become a big star.

So here we are with a list of your favourite actors who changed their birth name before they hit to fame and we probably are completely unaware of it.

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Salman Khan


Dabangg actor’s original name was a rather long name at birth - Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan.

Ranveer Singh


Before entering showbiz Takht actor dropped his real surname Bhavnani because according to him Ranveer Singh Bhavnani is too long and has many syllables while Ranveer Singh is short and crisp.

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Katrina Kaif

Katrina was originally known as Katrina Turquotte, however, before entering film industry she adopted her father’s surname Kaif as it’s easier to pronounce.

Kiara Advani


Kabir Singh actress was born as Aaliya Advani however before making big in Bollywood Salman suggested her to change her name because of Alia Bhatt. So, she chose Kiara as her stage name.

Saif Ali Khan


Race actor was born as Sajid Ali Khan, however, before entering Bollywood he changed Sajid to Saif and know he is popularly known as Saif Ali Khan.

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Rajkummar Rao


Kai Po Che actor has acted in a few films as Raj Kumar and as Raj Kumar Yadav in a few others. However, to avoid confusion with Rajpal Yadav he permanently changed it to Rajkummar Rao.

Akshay Kumar

Born as Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, Akshay Kumar changed his name in initial days of his career as he was inspired by the character, Rajiv in Kumar Gaurav’s film.

Shilpa Shetty


Before making her debut in Bollywood with Bazigar her mother and astrologer suggested her to change the name for luck. So she adopted the name Shilpa and now she is one of the biggest stars in Bollywood.

Preity Zinta


Born as Preetam Singh Zinta, she changed her name to Preity Zinta before entering Bollywood.

Jackie Shroff


Bollywood’s Jaggu Dada who rose to the fame from film Hero was born as Jaikishen Kaku Bhai. It was director-producer Subhash Ghai who launched him gave him screen name Jackie.

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First published: 27 June 2020, 11:56 IST