“Rename Game” of top 5 Bollywood Celebrities who rode fame with a new identity

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These 5 Bollywood stars were not originally called by the names we know them as!

  1. Ashwini Shetty alias Shilpa Shetty

Supposedly, Ashwini became Shilpa because her mother Sunanda Shetty, who is also an astrologer, wanted to rename her “Shilpa” because it bore better opportunities for her according to numerology. In reality, all of Shilpa’s government documents such as her passport and education certificates, bear the name “Ashwini” on them.

Source: Times of India

  1. Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia alias Akshay Kumar

Akshay made his Bollywood debut in a 4.5-second cameo in Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Aaj,’ in which he played Akshay, a Martial Arts instructor. Rajiv was so taken with the name that he decided to use it as his screen name and went to the court to get his name changed, after which surprisingly, his journey towards fame began!

Source: IMDB

  1. Inquilaab Srivastava alias Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh’s parents were persuaded to name him Inquilaab when he was born, but legendary poet Sumitranandan Pant changed his name to Amitabh. His father gave himself the moniker Bachchan as a pen name, and when he was about to enrol in school, both of his parents agreed to change the pen name Bachchan to his surname.

Source: India Today

  1. Aaliya Advani alias Kiara Advani

Kiara’s given name is Aaliya, and it was Salman Khan who suggested she change it because Alia Bhatt already existed in the industry. Therefore, she chose the name Kiara, and now even her parents address her by that name.

Source: India Today

  1. Katrina Turquotte alias Katrina Kaif

Half British, Half Indian actress, Katrina Kaif was originally named Katrina Turcotte, which is the surname of her mother. However, when she moved to India, she took her father, Mohammed Kaif’s name because she believed it would make it easier for Indians to pronounce her full name.

Source: India TV

Published by Diya Khetrapal on 22 Apr 2021

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