What’s in a name, asked Shakespeare!
We often thought that names had nothing to do with life in general. But ask these celebrities, whose lives revolves around their names. There’s no business like show business for having to leave your birth name behind. Movie stars throughout the past century have often adopted new names for a ton of reasons.
Here are some Bollywood actresses who you may not know changed their name, and who you may never look at the same way again.
Mahima Chaudhary – Ritu Chaudhary
Mahima Chaudhary made her Bollywood debut in Subhash Ghai’s Pardes opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Her birth name is Ritu Chaudhary. When Subhash Ghai spotted and decided to launch her, he suggested her to keep a name starting with the letter M, as he was superstitious about the success of actresses whose names started with M.
Manyata Dutt – Dilnavaz Sheikh
Manyata Dutt had changed her name from Dilnavaz Sheikh after coming in Bollywood. She came into the limelight by doing an item number in the film ‘Gangajal’. Her screen name Manyata was given by the Gangajal famed director Prakash Jha. Now, Manyata is happily married to Sanjay Dutt.
Reena Roy – Saira Ali
Reena Roy’s real name is Saira Ali. Her mother changed the name of all the four children after her divorce. She changed Reena’s name from Saira Ali to Roopa Roy.
Reena entered Bollywood in 1972 with the film ‘Zaroorat’. Along with stepping in Bollywood, she changed her name to Reena Roy.
Rekha – Bhanurekha Ganesan
She is the daughter of the Tamil superstar Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli, the evergreen diva is actually Bhanurekha Ganesan. But we know her as just Rekha – no surname, no complications.
Reema Lagoo – Nayan Bhadbhade
Renowned for the umpteen motherly roles, Reema Lagoo changed her name from Nayan Bhadbhade after her marriage to Tamil actor Vivek Lagoo. She died on May 18, 2017 due to cardiac arrest. Her mother Mandakini Bhadbhade was also an actress.
Sridevi – Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan
You might be surprised to know that the Bollywood Diva Sridevi’s real name is Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. She started her career as a child artist at the age of four and established herself as one of the successful actresses not only in Hindi films but also in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films.
Mandakini – Yasmeen Joseph
One of the bold actresses of her time, Mandakini’s real name is Yasmeen Joseph. She was spotted by actor-director Raj Kapoor, who also suggested her to change her name.
Tabu – Tabassum Fatima Hashmi
Tabu has a long lineage of films which boast of her versatility and magnetic screen presence. The versatile actor shortened her name from Tabassum Fatima Hashmi to Tabu.
Bhumika Chawla – Rachna Chawla
Model-turned-actress Bhumika Chawla started her acting carrer from the Telugu film Yuvakudu. Her real name is Rachna Chawla. She changed her name to become more popular in the industry as Bhumika is something unique compared to Rachna.
She became a household name after working in the movie Tere Naam opposite Salman Khan.
Mallika Sherawat – Reema Panna
Former fashion model and Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat was born as Reema Lamba to a Jat family in Haryana. She adopted the name Mallika meaning Empress or Queen. Sherawat is her mother’s maiden name.
In an interview, she told that her father Mukesh Lamba disowned her and also disallowed her to even use his last name.
Katrina Kaif – Katrina Turquotte
One of the most sought Bollywood actresses, Katrina came to Bollywood with name Katrina Turquotte and only changed it to Kaif because it is easier to pronounce.