Have you ever had a awestruck moment after
realizing that your favorite celebrity actually had a different name on
their passport? Or probably a spelling change in their name? Yes? No?
Well did u even know the reason behind their motives? An endless number
of Bollywood celebrities have made cosmetic changes to their names for a
stroke of superstitious luck. Today, we, at BollyCurry, take you
through a list of a few of those stars who have had their names changed
and how much luck their new names have gotten them.
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
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.
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.
To us, there isn't anything that can substitute hard
work. Changing a name seems to work for some and not so much for
others. But at the end of the day, this purely depends upon one's luck
and the destiny they behold. However, is any actor receives
success after doing a particular thing then that surely becomes a trend
and almost everyone wants to try it out in hopes of gaining similar
successes. Does this name changing formula fall under that category,
that's anyone's guess! With this BollyCurry signs off in the hopes of
hearing what you think about the celeb name changes!
Editors: Siona M. & Gunia M.
Graphics: Pooja A.