William Shakespeare once said, “what’s in the name?” he actually meant “Names don’t matter and accomplishments do”. However, our Bollywood stars might not be agreed with the term as after writing the quote William Shakespeare wrote his name under it! That’s quite funny! In the show business, where name sells, the importance of a name that holds the superstar spark is equally important within talent. A name is a brand of a star that shines among his audience, here are some Bollywood celebrities who have shunned their original names to pursue a career in the glamour world.
1) Salman Khan
The Bhaijaan of the industry who stole millions of hearts all around the world changed his name from Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan to Salman Khan. This lead to a bombastic filmy career of him.
2) Akshay Kumar
Mr. Khiladi was born with a name Rajeev Hariom Bhatia, can you just believe it? How a superstar can be pronounced like that! Its funny even to think.
3) Preity Zinta
The pretty dimple girl Preity Zinta’s real name was Pritam Singh Zinta, isn’t it make you giggle for a while. Thank God she changed her name!
4) Katrina Kaif
The bold beauty, daughter of a Kashmiri father and English mother was earlier known as Kate Turquotte. Well! It was indeed a smart move for getting recognizable in the Indian audience.
5) Amitabh Bachchan
The living legend of Indian cinema Mr. Bachchan was named Inquilab Srivastava by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan. However, later on suggesting by a fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant Harivansh rai changed boy’s name to Amitabh.
6) Deol Brothers – Sunny and Bobby
Dhai Kilo ke hath Wale Sunny, was named as Ajay Singh Deol whereas Bobby Deol was named as Vijay Singh Deol by his parents. Later they both changed their names.
7) Saif Ali Khan
Do you know the real name of chotte Nawab is Sajid Ali Khan? Yes, he too changed the name as there were a Sajid Khan(Director of Housefull) already in the industry. Smart move!
The never-fading beauty Rekha was born to south Indian actor Gemini Ganesan and he named her Bhanurekha Ganesan. Later she changed her name to retain the Bollywood superstar charm.
9) Ajay Devgn
The dusky and tall superstar had lifted up his superstar image just by his first film “Phool Aur Kaante”. He introduced as an Ajay Devgn but his real name was Vishal Devgn.
10) Sunny Leone
One the most searched persons on the Internet and the adult star, Sunny Leone was named Karenjit Kaur Vohra by her Sikh Punjabi parents. Later she changed her name after entering into the porn business.
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