The man who does not need any introduction, the legend and perhaps one of the greatest actors in Bollywood ever! Amitabh Bachchan's father had named him Inquilaab inspired by the slogan during the Independence struggle but later changed to Amitabh which means, "The light that would never go off".
It was only after he changed his name from Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia to Akshay Kumar, that his luck seemed to have changed for the better. He got his first break in Bollywood immediately after changing his name.
Her original name being Ritu Chaudhary, she got her name changed to Mahima after her first Bollywood debut.
The alphabet "I" seems to be the favorite appendage Bollywood actors want. Ritesh Deshmukh added the extra "I" in his first name. Thankfully for Riteish shortly after the name change, his film Masti became a huge hit, followed by a few other successful films.
Her real name is Reema Lamba, but she decided to christen herself as Mallika to avoid the confusion that occurred with other actresses named Reema. She also started using Sherawat, her mother's maiden name, as a symbol of the love and support her mother provided her.
Ajay dropped the "A" in his last name because his mother asked him to do so. The name change has not influenced Ajay's career that much, because he was successful as Devgan and fortunately continues to be successful as Devgn as well.
Before entering Bollywood, she acted in some southern movies. However, the lights of success shone on her as she changed her original name Kat Turquotte to Katrina before entering the showbiz.
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