10 Iconic Bollywood Stars Who Are Surprisingly Not Known By Their Real Names

What’s in a name? But for some, it means the world while for others, it is next to nothing. Several Bolly stars considered it fit to change their names before setting foot in the industry or before striking it big. The result? The audience never knew that they had actually shed off their birth name for a name that sounded more media-friendly or likewise. This article is about to shock you to your very core. So get ready to check out the Bollywood actors who are not known by their real names.

10. Mithun Chakraborty

Bollywood’s very first Disco Dancer was named Gouranga Chakraborty. This super-talented and super-famous Bolly star is said to have changed his name as soon as he entered the world of films. Gossip has it that he has had to change his name because he had to leave his past of extreme politics behind.

9. Rajesh Khanna

Shocked? But it is true! India’s very first “superstar” was called Jatin Khanna at birth and later when he decided to plunge into the world of Bollywood, his name was changed to Rajesh Khanna. It is said that it was either K.K. Talwar or producer G.P. Sippy who suggested the name.

 8. Katrina Kaif

The exotic beauty of Bollywood, Katrina Kaif was earlier known as Kate Turquotte. No sooner did she debut in the world of films than she changed her name. This beauty is so popular that all the fans go crazy about her. The star who has hit numbers like Chikni Chameli under her belt is a beauty in the truest sense.

 7. Rekha

The ageless beauty that she is, Rekha is a true asset to the Bollywood industry. She has always been a sensation, and she still is. Shocked to find her here? The reason being her real name is Bhanurekha Ganesan!

6. Saif Ali Khan

The Nawab of Bollywood is more than just handsome. He is extremely charming. Former Nawab Pataudi’s son was originally named Sajid Ali Khan.

5. Sridevi

The Hawa Hawaii of Bollywood has been the queen of several hearts ever since her debut in Bollywood. This iconic star’s real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan.

4. Madhubala

Who does not know this iconic beauty of Bollywood? The actress who has captivated millions of hearts over the years was originally called Mumtaz Jehan Dehlavi.

3. Mallika Sherawat

She is probably the only Bolly star who has been vocal about the change of her name. Born Reema Lamba, the actress decided to change her name as soon as she entered Bollywood.

2. Dev Anand 

Who can possibly forget this iconic Bollywood star? Absolutely no one! Born Dharam Dev Anand, he adopted his screen name as soon as he debuted in the industry.

1. Amitabh Bachchan

The one who tops the list is none other than the sensational Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan. Although born with the name Inquilab Srivastava, he changed his name before he even set foot in the film industry