Is a name really important? Yes, in Bollywood, it is! Did you know that many of your favorite actors were actually called by a different name? They eventually changed their names, just to enter Bollywood! Some of these name-changes will completely surprise you:
1) Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan, the superstar of this century, was named ‘Inquilab Srivastava’ by his father Harivansh Rai. His name was inspired by the famous phrase of the freedom struggle-‘Inquilab Zindabad’. Amitabh got his current name when a poet – Sumitranandan Pant, advised Harivansh Rai to change his son’s name to Amitabh. Amitji later replaced his surname ‘Srivastava’ with his father’s pen name Bachchan and became Amitabh Bachchan.
2) Saif Ali Khan
The Chhote Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan’ real name was Sajid Ali Khan. He was given this name by his parents Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore. When he was all set to make his Bollywood debut, the actor changed his name from ‘Sajid’ to ‘Saif’. Saif’s real name was revealed in his marriage registration papers when he married actress Kareena Kapoor Khan.
3) Jackie Shroff
Lovingly known as Jaggu Dadda in Bollywood, Jackie Shroff’s real name is Jaikishen Kaku Bhai. He was born in a Gujarati-speaking Shroff family was given the name ‘Jackie’ by producer-director Subhash Ghai, before Ghai launched him in his film ‘Hero.’
The charismatic and multi-talented actress of Bollywood, Rekha, was born as Bhanurekha Gemini Ganeshan. Her father is Tamil actor Gemini Ganeshan and her mother is Telugu actress Pushpavalli. She later started using the name Rekha as her stage name.
Sridevi’s real name will shock you! Sridevi’s real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. Sridevi started her career at the tender age of 4 years and went on to become one of the most successful actresses of Bollywood.
6) Aamir Khan
7) Salman Khan
‘Sallu’, as he is lovingly called, was not born as Salman Khan. His real name is Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan. He is one of the most popular actors of Bollywood and his most notable films include ‘Sultan’ and ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’.
8) Akshay Kumar
Did you know that Khiladi Kumar’s original name is Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia? In an interview, Akshay revealed that his name change was inspired by yesteryear actor Kumar Gaurav. Kumar’s character was called Akshay in Akshay Kumar’s first film – ‘Aaj’ and so he changed his name to Akshay Kumar.
9) Preity Zinta
10) Katrina Kaif
The ‘Ek The Tiger’ actress was born as Katrina Turquotte. Turquotte is her mother’s surname. Her father is a British businessman Mohammed Kaif. Katrina adopted her father’s last name when she moved to India.
Sources: DNA India, Jagran, India Today, MSN, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express, life n lesson