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Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar to Tiger Shroff, actors who changed their name before entering Bollywood

What’s in a name? Shakespeare said and looks like these Bollywood celebs abided by it. Yes, over the years we have heard stories of name changes in Bollywood. These actors are known as stars and their name is nothing less than a brand. But did you know that Ayushmann Khurrana was actually named Nishant, Tiger Shroff was named Jai at birth and that Kiara Advani is actually Aaliya Advani?

Yes, many celebs have opted for a change in their names before they entered Bollywood, for astrological reasons, for there is another actor of the same name, for attraction reasons and many more. So today let’s look at some of the actors who changed their names before stepping into Bollywood.

Actors who changed their name before entering Bollywood

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif changed her name before entering Bollywood from Katrina Turquotte. She was using her mother’s last name initially but changed it to Kaif when she moved to the country which is her father’s last name.

 

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Tiger Shroff

While he is the Tiger of the industry, he was named Jai Hemant Shroff at birth. It happened so that Tiger had a habit of biting out of affection when he was a kid so his father Jackie Shroff began calling him Tiger.

 

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Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar was born Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia. But it was said that Akshay was deeply inspired by Kumar Gaurav’s character, Akshay, from the movie Aaj and decided to go with that name.

 

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Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan was named Sajid Ali Khan at birth. It was revealed when a copy of his marriage certificate for Kareena Kapoor had gone viral all over the internet.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty was actually Ashwini Shetty. It was her birth name. But her mother, Sunanda Shetty later changed her name to Shilpa.

Kiara Advani

Did you know that Kiara Advani is actually Aaliya Advani but she was advised by Salman Khan reportedly to name herself Kiara? She had also spoken about it on various shows.

 

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Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn’s real name is Vishal Devgn. He changed his name before entering Bolwyyod and he has also tweaked the spelling of his surname from Devgan to Devgn.

 

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Sridevi

Late actress Sridevi was originally named Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. But she later changed her name to Sridevi when beginning her career.

 

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Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana was named Nishant Khurrana at birth, but it was later changed. His father is also a renowned astrologer, indicating the change in the spelling of his name.

 

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Govinda

Govinda’s real name is Govind Arun Ahuja. But he changed it to Govinda when he entered Bollywood to pursue acting.

 

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