While some did it in the quest to up their luck, some just wanted a new identity! A lot of actors had changed their names before entering this mayanagri aka Bollywood. But who knew they will make it so big here!
Preity Zinta – Born into a district called Rohru in Himachal Pradesh, her real name is Preetam Singh Zinta.
Shahid Kapoor– Neelima Azeem went on to marry Rajesh Khattar when her son with Pankaj Kapoor, Shahid was just 9 years old. He grew up with Neelima and step father Rajesh Khattar and was called by the name Shahid Khattar. But soon after Neelima got divorced from Rajesh, Shahid started using his biological father Pankaj Kapoor’s surname and got renowned as Shahid Kapoor. Well, ‘Kapoor’ adds a lot to one’s personality in our Indian film industry. Isn’t it? 😉
Sunny Leone: Born to a hardcore Punjabi family, Karenjit Kaur Vohra changed her name to Sunny Leone before entering the adult industry.
Katrina Kaif: Her real name was Katrina Turquotte! Kaif is much easier and sounds Indian too!
Salman Khan: The Bhaijaan of Bollywood’s real name is not as short as think it is. His name if big enough to put Neil Nitin Mukesh to shame, i.e. Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan.
Tabu: We are so glad that she changed her name from Tabassum Hashmi Khan to Tabu! Short and easy to remember name is all you need.