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Bollywood stars mid-career name change

What’s in a name? Really? What if we say, just about everything! Our Bollywood stars are not one bit reluctant to change their birth name, if that brings them fame, success and money. The list of reasons our celebs state are never ending. Here are a few Bollywood celebrities who started off with just a name and ended with a name to fame!

Shilpa Shetty

Bollywood star shilpa Shetty
Did you know Shilpa’s birth name was Ashwini Shetty? Numerological reasons are what made Mrs Kundra change her name, and this secret was revealed in the year 2008 by the actress herself. Well, Shilpa we are glad you made this change. Suits your leggy lass image.

Akshay Kumar

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia! Really Akshay? His close friends use to refer him as Raju. Before entering Bollywood, Akshay did quite a few odd jobs including taking up modelling assignments. It was during this time around when the Khiladi Kumar decided to change his name. His son Aarav Bhatia however retains the old name.

Katrina Kaif

katrina kaif
Her real name is Katrina Turquotte. Ayesha Shroff, Jackie Shroff’s wife who had mentored Katrina during her early days in the industry revealed that they had changed her name to give the actress more acceptability in the industry. Fair enough!

Ajay Devgn

Sometimes the name change is understandable especially with one like Vishal Veeru Devgan that sounds so mouthful. In 2009 he got rid of ‘a’ from his last name. His official name is, now, Ajay Devgn.


Bhanurekha Ganesan became eternal when she went with just Rekha, a name that remains unmatchable in the industry, even today. Apparently, the actress faced difficulty in winning fans support, hence the name change, which proved lucky for her.

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