Ever knew Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi or Sunny Leone’s original name? (P.S: You will be shocked)

Shakespeare once said ‘What’s in a name’! Well, but that does not quite suit our Bollywood stars. For B-town actors ‘it’s all in a name’ and we also have proof.

Being a celebrity is not just about good looks and great acting, the name matters too and our stars took this a little too serious. Many of the actors did not have impressive names by birth and hence went on and changed their names to suit the glamorous industry.

From Sridevi to Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan, these stars and their original names will make you cringe and laugh at the same time!

Hrithik Roshan

This Greek God of Bollywood was born as Hrithik Nagrath. Roshan is the name of his grandfather, which was adopted later by members of the family.

Akshay Kumar

Before the Khiladi hogged box office success, he had a different profession. But did you know his name was also changed? Akshay’s real name is Rajiv Hariom Bhatia, didn’t expect that, did you?

Amitabh Bachchan

The legend of the Indian Cinema was named Inquilab Srivastava, which later changed to pave way for the famous Amitabh.

Shahid Kapoor

Misha’s father was originally named Shahid Khattar. His family’s long standing relationship with the Kapoor surname was one of the reasons why Shahid changed his name and we have no qualms.

Saif Ali Khan

Saif’s original name was Sajid Ali Khan! Well, it not as bad, after all right? Anyways Saif was a smart move too!

Sunny Leone

Bollywood’s new mommy on the block, Sunny Leone is known to be a porn star, but do you know she also had to change her name to get the fame? Yes, Sunny was born as Karanjit Kaur Vohra, a fact which is sure to take you by surprise.


Hailing from a South Indian family, this gorgeous mommy has a name you would never have expected. Sridevi was named Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan by her beloved parents.

Shilpa Shetty

Fitness Goddess Shilpa is known for all things bright and beautiful. However, her original name is something that not many know or like. Shilpa was born as Ashwini Shetty. She later adopted the name Shilpa for a career in the glamorous industry.

Katrina Kaif

Hailing from the land of the Queen, England, this diva, who is ruling the roost in Bollywood, was earlier known as Kate Turquotte. Now, if Katrina looks back, she might think that the change in identity was totally worth it.

Mallika Sherawat

The sultry siren was born as Reema Lambha before she made her sensational Bollywood debut. Well, what’s in a name, all that mattered to the Indian audience was her sexy onscreen avatars.