Here are the actors and actresses who altered their names to flourish…

Name matters in this industry. You got to have a catchy one so that it catches on with people and stay in people’s memory. Hence, there are actor and actresses who have changed their names to various combinations so that glory become theirs. Here are a few of them…

Rajesh Khanna-Jatin Khanna

There is nothing that we want to change in our memory of this legendary Sapno ka raja. For better or worse, this is one name change we couldn’t care less about!

Amitabh Bachchan – Inquilab

We wonder how his name would have looked in the credit rolls of his film Toofan. Inquilab in and as Toofan or Ajooba??!!! No way!!!

Rajnikanth – Shivaji Rao Gaikwad

That’s a mouthful! Rajnikanth sounds so cool and snappy!!

Salman Khan-Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan

Everyone loves the name and the man who owns it. There are many who chant his name every day. But would it have been so easy to do so if Salman had stuck to his real name, Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan? I doubt so!

Shah Rukh Khan-Abdul Rahman

How about King Rahman or Baadshah Rahman? Odd, isn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what the actor’snaani had named him!

Saif Ali Khan-Sajid Ali Khan

Yes, now you know why Saif Ali Khan agreed to do Humshakals? Namesakes can go far, or so they might have thought!

Hrithik Roshan – Hrithik Nagrath

When Hrithik hit the screens with those wavy moves, we wondered where did he learn them from. It turns out he always had it in him. His grandfather was named Roshanlal Nagrath!

Akshay Kumar- Rajiv Bhatia

We choose to believe that Akshay had a very compelling reason to change his name to the present one because we don’t see anything unusual in his real name.

Ranveer Singh – Ranveer Singh Bhavnani

I don’t see any reason of a name change here, but Ranveer might argue, it’s more relatable! Well, we differ!

Shahid Kapoor-Shahid Khattar

Yes, quite the shocker! But it seems Shahid wanted to be a Kapoor instead for obvious reasons!

John Abraham-Farhan Abraham

No that’s not a typo! John Abraham was named Farhan Abraham initially. Thank god he changed it! We are pretty content with one Farhan!

Vishal Veeru Devgn-Ajay Devgn

Hmm…you know Ajay, that name could have worked with your onscreen persona! The man with vishal (huge) talent, but never mind!

Preity Zinta-Preetam Singh Zinta

And you were fussing about the E and I in Preity! A masculine name for a dimpled babe?! How fair is that?

Rekha-Bhanurekha Ganesan

Khoon Bhari Maang starring Bhanurekha Ganesan would have looked so weird! Rekha does full justice to this golden diva!

Sunny Deol-Ajay Singh Deol

Ajay Singh Deol sounds more like a name of a good character in a film than a reality. But with Sunny’s action packed image, it might have been a clincher! Wonder why he changed it!

Bobby Deol-Vijay Singh Deol

On his way to legendary status, Amitabh Bachchan made the name Vijay an iconic one too. But only if a name could make all the difference, Bobby Deol would have been a different man!

Dharmendra -Dharam Singh Deol

Now you know why Ajay and Vijay went for Sunny and Bobby? It was Dharam’s call! But we love the name Dharmendra…so no complaints there.

Govinda-Govind Arun Ahuja

I would say he was a clever man. He incorporated his whole name in one -GovindA…one A for both Arun and Ahuja! That’s a classic move there Chi chi bhaiyya!

Jackie Shroff- Jaikishan Kakubhai Shroff

Here’s someone who’s a Bhai by birth! Something that even Salman Khan can’t take away from him. Only if he knew what that Bhai can win him, he wouldn’t have changed his name, I am pretty sure of that!

Mithun-Chakraborty-Gauranga Chakraborty

That’s a typical Bengali name and I can understand why he must have been named so and fully support him for this name change. Imagine, Gouranga Chakraborty debuts as Disco Dancer!!!

Sunny Leone-Karanjit Kaur Vohra

Yes, she was called in that many words before but she wanted to sizzle as Sunny! We don’t blame her for that.

Mallika Sherawat-Reema Lamba

Mallika or Reema? Would it have made any difference? We don’t think so. Apparently, she changed her name so that nobody confuses her with anyone else in the industry. How many Reemas do we have in the industry, I wonder!

Some of these names did give us a jolt, but we took solace in the fact that they aren’t called so anymore!