Man leaves the world, but his name is taken according to his deeds. The ‘name’ has a lot of meaning. In the film industry, all work is done by “name” only. There are many such superstars in Bollywood, in whose name their films become super hits. From Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan to Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Devanand and Dilip Kumar, who does not know the names of these stars? But do you know what the real names of these artists are? Although William Shakespeare said, ‘What is in a name’, but in our country the name is of great importance. As soon as a child is born in the house, he receives his name. Parents hope their child will grow up to earn ‘name’ and his ‘name’ will also light up. He who has no name is called ‘Gumnaam’. The world salutes ‘Naamwale’.
Take Amitabh Bachchan, the Bollywood emperor. His name is his identity with his bright personality, heavy voice. Bigby may be known as Amitabh Bachchan today, but his father, the famous poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, called him ‘Inquilab Srivastava’. However, later the poet Sumitranandan Pant gave it a new name, Amitabha. This name made him famous. By the way, many movie stars also changed their names because their real names had no secular appeal. The best example of this is Dilip Kumar, whose real name was Muhammad Yusuf Khan. The famous actress and filmmaker Devika Rani, who introduced him to the film industry, gave him the screen name. Today, Dilip Kumar’s name has been recorded in golden letters in the history of Indian cinema.
Please let us know the real names of some of these film personalities and the reason for your change …
Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Dev Anand will be surprised to learn the real name.
Screen name: Dilip Kumar
real name- Muhammad Yusuf Khan
Reason for name change Dilip Kumar was born in Peshawar, Pakistan. His real name was Muhammad Yusuf Khan. His father had a fruit business, so Yusuf also started doing the same job. But one day he was caught by the famous actress and filmmaker Devika Rani of his time. He offered Yusuf to work on movies. Hearing the salary, he agreed. Before the release of her first movie, Devika Rani changed her name to Dilip Kumar.
Screen name: Amitabh Bachchan
real name- Inquilab Bachchan
Reason for name change The famous poet Harivansh Rai was heavily influenced by the motto ‘Inquilab Zindabad’, which is why he named his son ‘Inquilab’ even before he was born. At that time Bigby was the eighth month in his mother’s womb. The day he was born, the poet Sumitranandan Pant came to his home. When he saw the boy, the name Amitabh came out of his mouth. After this, Bigby’s name was changed to Amitabh Srivastava. After a few days, Amitabh changed Srivastava to Bachchan’s surname.
Screen name: Madhubala
real name- Begum Mumtaz Jahan Dahlavi
Reason for name change The real name of the famous actress of her time, Madhubala, was Begum Mumtaz Jahan Dahlavi. He began his career in 1942 with the film Basant. In this film, she played the role of the daughter of actress Mumtaz Shanti. After this movie, she became known as Baby Mumtaz. The famous actress of that time, Devika Rani, was very impressed to see the performance of the actress in this film. It was he who named Baby Mumtaz as Madhubala.
Screen name: Shahrukh Khan
real name- Abdur rehman
Reason for name change Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan’s childhood name was Abdur Rahman. This name was given to him by his maternal grandmother. In an interview with Anupam Kher, SRK had said that he did not like the name. This name saved in childhood was not recorded anywhere. Then later his name was changed to Shahrukh Khan. The actor, who made his mark on the film world under the name Shahrukh Khan, is known by many names today. Some call him the ‘Badshah’ of Bollywood, while others call him the ‘King of Romance’.
Screen name: Ajay Devgan
real name- Vishal devgan
Reason for name change Ajay Devgan’s real name is Vishal Devgan. It was kept by his late father Veeru Devgan, who used to be a famous action director in the film industry. Vishal Devgan changed his name to Ajay Devgan in 1991 while entering Bollywood. At that time, many more people with the same name, including Manoj Kumar’s son Vishal, were already present in the film industry. In such a situation, to avoid confusion, he changed his name from Vishal to Ajay.
Screen name: Shilpa Shetty
real name- Ashwini shetty
Reason for name change The real name of actress Shilpa Shetty, who will return to Bollywood with the film Hungama 2, is Ashwini Shetty. After his birth, his parents gave him this name. But later his mother Sunanda Shetty changed his name. Very few people know that Shilpa’s mother, Sunanda, is an astrologer and decided to change her name to pursue her daughter’s career. Even today, Shilpa Shetty’s name is registered in legal documents as Ashwini Shetty.
Screen name: Salman Khan
real name- Abdul Rashid Salim Khan
Reason for name change Salman Khan’s real name is Abdul Rashid Salim Khan. This name was given by his father Salim Khan. It is said that when Salim Sahab was preparing for the release of his son, he had to change the name of Abdul Rashid at the suggestion of people in the film industry. After this, he appointed Salman Khan. In the same way, his two brothers were also named Arbaaz and Suhail Khan. Salman Khan’s first film, ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, was a huge success.
Screen name: Irrfan Khan
real name- Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan
Reason for name change From Bollywood to Hollywood, actor Irrfan Khan’s full name was Sahabzade Irfan Ali Khan. He never liked being that tall. Because of this, Irrfan Khan himself changed his name. He changed the English spelling of his name to IRFAN by putting an extra R in the middle. According to him, he likes the sound of an extra vowel r in his name. In 2016, he also dropped his surname Khan, as he wanted his work to define him, not to be known for his religion, caste or clan.
Screen name: Dev Anand
real name- Dharmadev Devdutt Pishorimal Anand
Reason for name change Evergreen actor Dev Anand’s real name is Dharamdev Pishorimal Anand. He was born in Punjab. The family used to call him Chiru. Dev Anand’s first film as a hero was ‘Hum Ek Hain’ released in 1946, which was a flop. Dharamdev could not make his mark among the audience. But the film ‘Ziddi’, released in 1948, turned out to be the first successful film of Dev Anand’s film career. In this, his character’s name was Dev. Since then, he shortened his name to Dev Anand. As soon as the name changed, his career began to touch the sky. He ventured into the field of film production and was successful.
Screen name: Rajinikanth
real name- Shivaji Rao Gaikwad
Reason for name change Shivaji Rao Gaekwad was born into a Marathi family on December 12, 1950 in Bangalore. Its original name was inspired by Shivaji Maharaj. At the age of 25 he made his debut in the world of cinema with the Tamil film ‘Apoorva Ragangal’ in 1975. The name of the character of Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in this film is ‘Rajinikanth’, which became so famous that the director of this film K. At Balachandra’s urging, he changed his screen name to ‘Rajinikanth’.
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