Bollywood celebs with surprising real names

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Names like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and other Bollywood celebrities have been etched in our memories forever. However, not everyone in the industry has used their same birth name in the industry and many have changed it for reasons best known to them.

Here we give you a rundown of some of your popular Bollywood celebrities and their real names that you simply might now be aware of.

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02/7Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is popularly known as the Khiladi of Bollywood and lovingly known by his friends and fans as ‘Akki’. However, not many know that his original birth name happens to be Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia.

Spilling the beans on why he changed his name, Akshay once said in a promotional event, “No one has ever asked me this question. My first film was ‘Aaj’ which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starred Kumar Gaurav. The name of Gaurav’s character was Akshay. I had a 4.5-second role in it and I would only observe Gaurav and his acting. I don’t know what happened but one day I just went to the court and got my name changed.”

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03/7Salman Khan

Salman Khan is a force to reckon with in Bollywood. While he is popularly known as ‘Dabangg’ Khan and loving called by all his fans as ‘Bhai’, his real name is the longer version of his current name.

The real name of Salman Khan is Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan which he has shortened. We really cannot imagine the superstar with his full original name now, can we?

Pic: Instagram

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04/7Amitabh Bachchan

Bollywood’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan was named ‘Inquilab’ by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Even their surname was not ‘Bachchan’ but ‘Srivastava’.

Spilling the beans on his surname change, Big B had once shared that his father was born in a Kayasth home and a Srivastav. However, he was always against the ailment of caste. Being a poet, his pen name was ‘Bachchan’. So while admitting him to school, his parents gave his surname ‘Bachchan’ and made it their family surname.

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05/7Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff has successfully made a name for himself in Bollywood. However, not many know that his real name was Jai Hemant Shroff.

In an interview, when Jackie Shroff was asked about the name of his son, he opened up saying that, while Tiger was small, he had a habit of biting everyone and that is the reason he named him Tiger.

Pic: Instagram fanpage

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06/7Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone might be a very popular name across the world but very few people know that the adult star-turned-actress’ real name is Karanjit Kaur Vohra. She was born into a Sikh family.

Apparently, there’s a story behind ‘Leone’ also. The word is reportedly the anglicised version of Kaur which means lioness in Punjabi.

Pic: Instagram

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07/7Kiara Advani

Kiara Advani was born Aaliya Advani. However, she changed her name to Kiara before entering Bollywood.

In one of the chat shows, the actress revealed that Salman Khan suggested her to change it because of Alia Bhatt because there can’t be two actresses with the same name in Bollywood.

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