Changing the name is more like a fashion in the Bollywood industry.
While you know very well that Akshay Kumar was Rajiv Bhatiya, Dilip Kumar was Yusuf Khan, and Jitendra used to be Ravi Kapoor once. Well, these are the celebs you know about.
Many celebs in the Bollywood industry have changed their name after joining the industry.
Here, we created a list of lesser-known names of Bollywood actors.
Ajay Devgn – Vishal Devgn
Ajay Devgan’s school name was Vishal Devgan. He changed his name to Ajay as there were many actors in the industry with the same name including Manoj Kumar’s son.
Later, Ajay Devgan became Ajay Devgn when his family forced him to change it after consulting a numerologist.
Ashok Kumar – Kumudlal Ganguly
Veteran actor Ashok Kumar’s real name was Kumudlal Ganguly. People used to address him with the name of Dadamoni in the industry.
He finds his name Kumudlal Ganguly funny and changes his name completely to Ashok Kumar.
Ayushmann Khurrana – Nishant Khurrana
Ayushman Khurana’s real name was Nishant Khurana and his name was changed twice. It is normal as he is the son of an astrologer.
This is the reason that Nishant Khurana became Ayushman Khurana and later Ayushman Khurana became Ayushmann Khurrana.
Annu Kapoor – Anil Kapoor
Little do you know that the real name of talented actor Annu Kapoor is Anil Kapoor. His name change makes sense as Anil Kapoor was an established actor.
Moreover, he didn’t want any confusion in the credit roll of the movie Tezaab in which he played an important role.
Bobby Deol – Vijay Singh Deol
The Deol brothers are famous in the industry with their nicknames. Many people are not aware of the fact that Bobby Deol’s real name is Vijay Singh Deol.
Most of the star kids have a nickname by which they are famous in the industry like Bebo, Lolo, Chintu, Duggu, and many more.
Chunkey Pandey – Suyash Pandey
It may come to you as a shock but Chunkey Pandey’s real name is Suyash Sarad Pandey.
He changed his name before making his Bollywood debut. The actor is famous for his comedic roles in movies like Housefull series, Aankhen, and Vishwatma.
Jackie Shroff – Jai Kishan Kakubhai Shroff
Imagine the credit screen mentioning the lead actor as Jai Kishan Kakubhai Shroff. It does sound a bit awkward. Probably this is the reason that he shortened his name to Jackie Shroff.
There’s no doubt that his charming personality goes with the shortened heroic name of his.
Kay Kay Menon – Krishna Kumar Menon
Just like Jai Kishan Kakubhai Shroff became Jackie Shroff in the industry, similarly, Krishna Kumar Menon became Kay Kay Menon in Bollywood.
Little do you know that he even excluded Menon initially but later uses Kay Kay Menon as his stage name.
Johnny Lever – John Prakash Rao Janumala
Johnny Lever’s real name was John Prakash Rao Janumala. He got his name Johnny Lever after his well appreciated stand-up act for Hindustan Lever.
He performed a mimicry act at an official function and then decided to change his name to Johnny Lever. He is one of the first stand-up comedians in India.
Vivek Oberoi – Vivekanand Oberoi
It is a funny story to tell that Vivek’s real name was Vivekanand and he dropped Anand as he was doing gangster movies and romancing on-screen which offends the dignity of the name established by Swami Vivekanand.
Vivek revealed this in an interview.
Sunny Deol – Ajay Singh Deol
As discussed earlier, the Deol Brother is famous in the industry by their nicknames. Sunny Deol was the most sought actor of his time.
His real name is Ajay Singh Rathod. Sunny Deol started using his nickname in movie screen credits.
Tiger Shroff – Jai Hemant Shroff
Tiger Shroff’s real name was Jai Hemant Shroff. In an interview, he revealed that he used to bite people when he was young and that’s how he got the name, Tiger.
Moreover, he said the movie Heropanti’s lead character traits are similar to the tiger as he continued with his nickname.
Nana Patekar – Vishwanath Patekar
Nana Patekar’s real name was Vishwanath Patekar. Have you ever thought that such an odd name like Nana would be so interesting in the entertainment industry.
Well, changing the name from Vishwanath to Nana was a big risk for the actor but it went well and in favor of Nana Patekar.