People can’t pick their own names – and to famous or aspiring actors/celebrities, having a weird name is actually a pretty bad thing. Because of that, some celebrities have replaced their name with a better “Screen name” version so that they can PR better. In this list, we would list out the real names of some famous actors and actresses in Bollywood.

SILK SMITHA- VIJAYALAKSHMI VADLAPATI

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Silk Smitha changed her name from Vijayalakshmi in traditional Telugu to match her personality on screen.

ANITA HASSANANDANI REDDY - NATASSHA HASSANDANI

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This Bollywood actress was the star of "Kkavyanjali" – she wasn’t born Anita. Her original name was Natassha.

SANJEEV KUMAR - HARIHAR JETHALAL JARIWALA

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Harihar Jethalal Jariwala started his career as a Gujarati stage artist – he changed his name into Sanjeev Kumar before joining Bollywood.

ANUSHKA SHETTY - SWEETY SHETTY

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Anushka Shetty was originally named Sweety Shetty, a rather weird name.

RAJINIKANTH - SHIVAJI RAO GAIKWAD

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Rajnikanth was originally known as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad. He changed his name based on the director’s suggestion.

MITHUN CHAKRABORTY - GOURANGO CHAKRABORTY

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Gourango Chakraborty was the original name of Bollywood’s Disco Dancer.

REKHA - BHANUREKHA GANESAN

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The actress was originally called Bhanurekha Ganesan.

RAJESH KHANNA - JATIN KHANNA

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The original Bollywood superstar, with 15 solo hits from 1960 to 1971, was originally known as Jatin Khanna

DEV ANAND - DHARAM DEVDUTT PISHORIMAL ANAND

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Originally named Dharam Devdutt Pishorimal Anand, the actor probably wanted to get a shorter name.

SHILPA SHETTY - ASHWINI SHETTY

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For numerological reasons, Ashwini changed her name to Shilpa Shetty.

JOHN ABRAHAM – FARHAN

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John was the name given to him by his father – his original Parsi name was Farhan.

KATRINA KAIF - KATRINA TURQUOTTE

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Katrina changed her last name from Turquotte to Kaif based on a friend’s advice so that it would be easier to pronounce.

AKSHAY KUMAR - RAJIV HARI OM BHATIA

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The Delhi actor rose to stardom only after his name was changed from Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia to Akshay Kumar.

KIARA ADVANI - AALIA ADVANI

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Her name was changed in order to stay unique – there is already an actress named Alia in Bollywood.

DHARMENDRA - DHARAM SINGH DEOL

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Dharmendra, the He-man of Bollywood, was originally known as Dharam Singh Deol. He changed his name prior to entering the industry.

MAHIMA CHAUDHARY – RITU

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Ritu made her debut as Mahima Chaudhary, partly thanks to the director Subhash Ghai.

GOVINDA - GOVIND ARUN AHUJA

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Govind Arun Ahuja shortened his name to create Govinda.

AJAY DEVGN - VISHAL VEERU DEVGAN

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Ajay Devgn was originally known as Vishal Veeru Devgan. He switched into Ajay Devgan just before he entered the movie industry.

MALLIKA SHERAWAT - REEMA LAMBA

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Reema Lamba, the Bollywood bombshell picked Mallika Sherawat as her new name on the screen.

AMITABH BACHCHAN – INQUILAAB

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The Bollywood superstar was originally known as Inquilaab. His father changed his name to Amitabh afterward, based on a suggestion of a poet.

DILIP KUMAR - YUSUF KHAN

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The original name of this iconic actor is Yusuf Khan.

JEETENDRA - RAVI KAPOOR

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Ravi Kapoor was renamed by his mentor V Shantaram into Jeetendra

JOHNNY LEVER - JOHN PRAKASA RAO JANUMALA

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John Prakasa Rao Janumala was renamed into Johnny Lever while he was performing at a Lever company.

NAGMA - NANDITA ARVIND MORAJI

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Nandita Arvind Moraji was Nagma’s original name.

This is the end of our list. Overall, a name change is pretty important in creating a new celebrity personality. People are more likely to remember something striking and special rather than some bland names. Ease of spelling is also a factor as well - some actors and actresses just have too much of a name for people to actually use (either too long or too hard to spell). These renames are akin to internet names or IDs of today.