Real Names of B-Town Celebs!

BollyCurry takes 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.

Monday, March 25, 2013   |  Copyright: BollyCurry  |  Comments 11 Comments  |  5326 Views

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.

Amitabh Bachchan

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". 

Akshay Kumar

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.

Mahima Chaudhury

Her original name being Ritu Chaudhary, she got her name changed to Mahima after her first Bollywood debut.

Riteish Deshmukh

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. 

Mallika Sherawat

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 Devgn

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.

Katrina Kaif

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.

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!

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  • Posted on: 27 March 2013 at 9:54pmmihali7

    l wonder what drives one to change their name-l understand Malika's situation. But that was certainly not the case with the rest

  • Posted on: 26 March 2013 at 1:37amsamicute

    kartina im surprise to hear about her

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  • Posted on: 26 March 2013 at 1:24am-SanzAngel-

    i was most surprise about Katrina lolz .. thanks I-F lolz .. i really dont know about this hehehe ;)

    Edited on:26 March 2013 at 1:27am

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  • Posted on: 25 March 2013 at 10:10pmTereliye06

    Continuing with the list that pallavi25 wrote i believe even bobby and sunny deols name is vijay and ajay. Neha was born Shabana Raza. Johnny lever was John Prakasa Rao Janumala. This are just the few there are so many.

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  • Posted on: 25 March 2013 at 9:37pmsinghni_

    wow. most surprising was the one about Katrina

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  • Posted on: 25 March 2013 at 8:01pmFunkyAlien123

    hmm ... a bit fasinating ...!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted on: 25 March 2013 at 7:33pmpallavi25

    Theres more: Rajesh Khanna was born Jatin Khanna, Sunil Dutt was born Balraj Singh Dutt, Jeetendra was born Ravi Kapoor, Dharmendra was Dharam Singh Deol, Dilip Kumar was Yusuf Khan, Madhubala was born Mumtaz Jahan Dehlavi, Vishal Veeru Devgan was Ajay Devgn's original name...and the list goes on and on

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  • Posted on: 25 March 2013 at 5:58pmstarsanjana

    omg...this is intersting!!!!!!!

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  • Posted on: 25 March 2013 at 4:19pm-BolNaHalke-

    wow! Didnt know Katrina's =| that was out of left field! tfs!

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  • Posted on: 25 March 2013 at 3:59pmDeviatedTesoro.

    I didn't know about Katrina. WHOA!

    Great article, team!

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