Reel names and real names of film stars

During the Sixties the Sippys, for the first time in India, advertised in Filmfare magazine inviting new faces to act as hero and heroine in their film Raaz. Those days this Ad and the response to it had been a matter of serious discussion and intense speculation among the cine buffs.
Finally, the Sippys announced the final selection. One Jatin Khanna had been selected to play the role of hero. The producers changed his name and christened him with the screen name of Rajesh Khanna. The rest, as they say, is history. Rajesh Khanna has been declared the one and only Super Star of Bollywood.
Several other Indian film stars have screen names that are different from their real names. Here’s a brief list :

Movie Name Real Name
ANR– Akkineni Nageswar Rao
Aamir Khan – Aamir Hussain Khan
Ajay Devgan – Vishal Devgan
Akshay Kumar – Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia
Ashok Kumar – Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly
Bobby Deol – Vijay Singh Deol
Chiranjeevi – Konidela Siva Shankara Vara Prasad
Dev Anand – DharamDev Pishorimal ?nand
Dharmendra – Dharam Singh Deol
Dilip Kumar – Yusuf Khan
Gemini Ganesan – Ramasamy Ganesan
Jamuna – Jamuna Ramanarao
Jayalalitha – Jayaram Jayalalitha
Jaya Pradha – Lalita Rani
Jeetendra – Ravi Kapoor
Mallika Sherawat – Reema Lamba
Mammootty – Muhammad Kutty
Manoj Kumar – Harikishan Giri Goswami
Meena Kumari – Mahjabeen Bano
Meera Jasmine – Jasmine Mary Joseph
MGR – Marudur Gopalamenon Ramachandran
Mithun Chakraborty – Gouranga Chakraborty
Mohanlal – Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair
Nargis – Fatima Rashid
N T R – Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao
Rajesh Khanna – Jatin Khanna
Rajinikanth – Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Rajkumar – Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju
Rekha – Bhanurekha Ganesan
Salman Khan – Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan
Sandhya – Revathy
Sanjeev Kumar – Harihar Jariwala
Savithri – Savithri Kommareddy
Shammi Kapoor – Shamsher Raj Kapoor
Shashi Kapoor – Balbir Raj Kapoor
Sivaji Ganesan – Viluppuram Chinnaiahpillai Ganesan
Sunil Dutt – Balraj Dutt
Sunny Deol – Ajay Singh Deol
Surya – Saravanan Sivakumar
Vanisri – Ratna Kumari
Vijay – Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
Vishnuvardhan – Sampath Kumar

Anyone having information on the real names and screen names of film stars not included here, can post the details in the comments window.


5 Responses to “Reel names and real names of film stars”

  1. V. Manohar says:

    There are romantic leading men and there are romantic leading men, but very few have taken cinematic love to legendary heights. While there might be other icons but Super-Star- Actor Rajesh Khanna after four decades, he is the ultimate true romantic legend

  2. satish says:

    real name of satya is satish kapse

  3. Nehal makwana says:

    priety zinta – Preetam Zinta Singh