Several Indian movie stars, singers and directors have fancy names that are often so different from their real names.
Why that should be so is not hard to fathom.
As a matter of fact, it’s so simple in the Indian milieu.
Indians with names like Gunasekhar Pandiarajan, Rajendra Prasad Purkoyastha, Badrinath Chattopadhyay, Sitalakshmi Ammal or Ritabadoornath Patel yearn for the ‘appeal’ of a Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Rekha or Sridevi to banish the monotony of their dreary existences.
Jatin Khanna – A Superstar?
Would Jatin Khanna have achieved super-stardom with that name?
Only with the name Rajesh Khanna did Jatin reach the stratospheric heights of success and super-stardom.
Would a big-bosomed Tamil girl have turned into a fantasy for young Indian boys bearing the name Bhanurekha Ganesan?
She needed to be Rekha to reach that high.
Here’s a brief list of Indian movie stars with their assumed names:
Movie Name - Real Name
Aamir Khan – Aamir Hussain Khan
Aditya Pancholi/Panscholi – Nirmal Pancholi/Panscholi
Asrani – Govardhan Asrani
Ajay Devgan – Vishal Devgan
Ajit – Hamid Ali Khan
Akshay Kumar – Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
Ashok Kumar – Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly
Bhavana – Karthika Menon
Bobby Deol – Vijay Singh Deol
Chiranjeevi – Konidela Siva Shankara Vara Prasad
Dev Anand – DharamDev Pishorimal Änand
Dharmendra – Dharam Singh Deol
Dilip Kumar – Yusuf Khan
Gemini Ganesan – Ramasamy Ganesan
Guru Dutt – Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone
Jagdeep – Syed Jawaher Ali Jaffry
Jayant - Zakaria Khan (father of Amjad and Imtiaz Khan)
Jamuna – Jamuna Ramanarao
Jayalalitha – Jayaram Jayalalitha
Jaya Pradha – Lalita Rani
Jeetendra – Ravi Kapoor
Johnny Lever – Janardhana Rao
Johnny Walker – Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi
Kiccha Sudeep – Abhinaya Chakravarthy
Kumar Gaurav – Manoj Tulli
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