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Bollywood stars and their real names…

Decades back, a young, slim, pretty and petite girl was offered a lead role in a Hindi film by a legendary director Guru Dutt. After hesitation, and on seeking her father’s permission, as the girl hailed from a conservative Muslim family, she consented.

As the shooting progressed, Guru Dutt suggested that the girl adopt a fancy screen name. However the maiden saw no reasons to do so, and she preferred that her original name appear in the credits of the film.

And so the film – C.I.D. was released in 1956, went on to be a super hit and a landmark in the hindi filmy industry. In the credits was the name of the new debutante in hindi film industry – Waheeda Rehman.

Till date, she is known by that name.

Cut to present times. While most of the stars prefer to have their original names in the credits of the film. Some of them even prefer to have some spelling changes in their names thanks to numerology.

There are quite a few who have screen names different from their original names. We have collected the original names of screen artistes who prefer to have screen names:

Actors Name – Real Name

Aamir Khan – Aamir Hussain Khan
Ajay Devgn – Vishal Devgan
Ajit – Hamid Ali Khan
Akshay Kumar – Rajiv Bhatia
Amitabh Bachchan – Amit Bachchan
Ashok Kumar – Kumud Ganguly
Balraj Sahani – Yudhisthir Sahani
Bobby Deol – Vijay Singh Deol
Chiranjeevi – Koindela Siva Shankara vara Prasad
Chunky Pandey – Suyush ‘Chunky’ Pandey
Danny Denzongpa – Tshering Phintso Denzongpa
Dev Anand – Devdutt Pishorimal Anand
Dharmendra – Dharam Singh Deol
Dilip Kumar – Yusuf Khan
Govinda – Govinda Arun Ahuja
Guru Dutt – Vasanth Kumar Shiv Shankar Padukune
Jackie Shroff –  Jaikishan Kakubhai
Jagdeep – Syed Jawahar Ali Jaffry
Jaya Prada – Lalita Rani
Jeetendra – Ravi Kapoor
John Abraham – Farhan Abraham
Johnny Lever – John Prakasa Rao Janumala
Johnny Walker – Badruddin Jamaluddin Qazi
Kamal Haasan- Alwarpettai Aandavar
Kumar Gaurav – Manoj Tulli
Katrina Kaif – Kate Turquotte
Lucky Ali – Maqsood Mehmood Ali
Madhubala – Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi
Mahima Chaudhry – Ritu Chaudhry
Mallika Sherawat – Reema Lamba
Mala Sinha – Alda Sinha
Manoj Kumar – Hare Krishna Goswami
Meena Kumari – Mahjabeen Ali Bux
Nana Patekar – Vishwanath Patekar
Nargis – Fatima Rashid
Mithun Chakraborty – Gauranga Chakraborty
Nadira – Florence Ezekel
Preity Zinta – Preetam Zinta Singh
Raj Kapoor  – Ranbir Raj Kapoor
Rajendra Kumar – Rajendra Kumar Tulli
Reena Roy – Saira Khan
Raj Kumar – Kulbushan Pandit
Rajesh Khanna – Jatin Khanna
Rajnikant – Sivaji Rao Gaekwad
Rekha – Bhanurekha Ganesan
Salman Khan- Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan
Sanjeev Kumar – Haribhai Jarivala
Shammi Kapoor – Shamsher Raj Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor – Balbir Raj Kapoor
Sridevi – Shree Amma Yanger
Sunil Dutt – Balraj Dutt
Sunny Deol – Ajay Singh Deol
Shilpa Shetty – Ashwini Shetty
Sanjay Khan – Abbas Khan
Tuntun – Uma Devi Khatri
Tabu – Tabassum Hashmi Khan

– Amarjeet

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