What’s in a name, you say? A lot, apparently! While some have a great attachment to their name, others choose to drop their original names to gain more success and acceptance in the crazy world of showbiz.
1. Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan to Salman Khan
The superstar of Indian Cinema, Salman Khan was born Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan. He’s now dropped the first three names; not a radical change but four names are a bit much to remember even for an ardent fan.
2. William Bradley Pitt to Brad Pitt
3. Preetam Singh Zinta to Preity Zinta
This name definitely doesn’t sound like our vivacious B-Town beauty. We’re so glad she decided to go with Preity Zinta.
4. Christopher to Ashton Kutcher
The biggest star of romantic comedies made his middle name, Ashton, his first name after signing up with a New York modeling agency, which already had a model called Chris.
5. Rajiv Bhatia to Akshay Kumar
The ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood had also worked as martial arts trainer and chef was earlier called ‘Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia.’ His first director changed his name to Akshay Kumar has since been his screen name.
6. Destiny Hope to Miley Cyrus
Named by her parents who believed she would accomplish great things, the happy kid she was, she was nicknamed “Smiley”, which got shortened to “Miley” and eventually became her stage name.
7. Kate Turquotte to Katrina Kaif
This leading Bollywood actress was born Kate Turquotte. Katrina later changed her name on entering the Indian Film Industry to one that would resonate more with the Indian audience and was also easier to pronounce.
8. Robyn Rihanna Fenty to Rihanna
Rihanna decided only to use her middle name and now is popularly and lovingly known as RiRi. Altough we do like Robyn too!
9. Gourango to Mithun Chakraborty
While it’s not the most amazing name to begin with, it’s way better than his real name Gourango. The ‘Disco Dancer’ made a wise(ish) decision. Whatever the name, his career did take off with it.
10. Margaret Hyra to Meg Ryan
The You’ve Got Mail actress we all love decided that Margaret Hyra was too ordinary for her and chose a short and sweet name for her first foray into acting, and has used to the name ever since. Meg Ryan sounds sweet and spunky quite like her personality.
11. Karenjit Singh Vohra to Sunny Leone
Every Industry has its demands; a Keranjit Singh Vohra doesn’t quite sound like a porn-star name. Sunny Leone is more like it. This strong willed woman making her mark in Bollywood does have a sunny, cheerful personality that perfectly matches her name.