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IN Celebrities ON 27 Apr, 2016
"What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
I'm sorry Sir Shakespeare, but the name does matter sometimes, especially when you're entering Bollywood. Many of Bollywood's superstars change their names completely while others just modify it a bit. We can't be 100% sure but may be Rajeev Bhatia wouldn't have sounded as cool as Akshay Kumar on the Khiladi megastar.
Celebs try keeping a lot of things secret from us, but here we have dug out 10 such Bollywood stars who hide their surnames from the public.
Check them out!
The Raja Babu actor's actual name is Govind Arun Ahuja. But he cut it short and sweet before entering Bollywood.
Kajol's full name is Kajol Mukherjee. She continued to keep her name short after her parents Tanuja and Shomu Mukherjee separated.
Garam Dharam changed his name to the present one from Dharam Singh Deol. Though his sons Sunny Deol and Bobby carry Deol as their last name.
Tamannah dropped her surname 'Bhatia' on joining Bollywood and added an extra 'h' to her original first name Tamanna.
The wine of Bollywood who gets better and better with time-Rekha changed her name to Rekha from her actual name Bhanurekha Ganesan.
Newlywed Asin's full name is Asin Thottumkal. She decided to drop her last name since it would be hard to pronounce and remember by the people.
The Jumping Jack's original name is Ravi Kapoor. He also dropped his surname before entering Bollywood but his children Ekta Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor have carried their surname.
Tabu's original name is Tabassum Hashmi. But she shortened it to a sweet name Tabu on joining Bollywood.
The Robot star's actual name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad. But after entering the film industry, he changed his name and didn't use last name as well.
Shaan's actual name is Shantanu Mukherjee. But he decided to not only drop his surname but also shorten his name before entering Bollywood.