Actresses who changed their names after entering Bollywood

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty’s real name is Ashwini Shetty. She made her Bollywood debut with Baazigar in 1993, the revelations regarding her name were made only in 2008.


Sri Devi’s real name is Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. She has started her career as a child artist at the age of four. She not only did Hindi films but also acted in various regional films like Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films.

Preity Zinta

The dimple-cheeked beauty’s real name is Preetham Singh Zinta. To make it easier she changed her name to Preity Zinta.

Katrina Kaif

Kate Turquotte is the real name of Katrina Kaif. She changed her name to enter Bollywood.

Mallika Sherawat

Mallika Sherawat was born as Reema Lamba to a Jat family in Haryana. She adopted the name Mallika meaning Empress or Queen.

Reena Roy

Veteran actress Reena Roy’s real name was Saira Khan and was changed to Roopa Rai by her mother. While entering Bollywood she adopted the name, Reena Roy.


Born to the acclaimed south Indian actor Gemini Ganesan, the evergreen beauty was given the title Bhanurekha Ganesan by her father.

Sunny Leone

Ms Leone’s original name is Karanjit Kaur Vohra. She changed her name as she thought it won’t be accepted in the industry.