11 South Stars Who Changed Their Names for Movies

Ever heard of actors named Mohammad Kutty Ismail PaniparambilKonidela Siva Shankara Vara PrasadVenkatesh Prabhu? No? Let us break it to you, you know them very well but by a completely different name. These are the actual birth names of South celebrities who rule South cinema. Many celebs choose a stage name for a number of reasons. Some believe such a name will help them stand out from the crowd while others really dislike the name on their birth certificates and hence adopt a catchier name. Keep reading to know if your favorite celebrity swapped their names for a more captivating one.

Mammootty

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Our own Mammookka was born Muhammad Kutty Ismail Paniparambil. Whatever the reason was to change his name, we like Mammootty because it is short and perfect.

Dileep

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The actor who has given us some of the best Malayalam comedy movies like KunjikkoonanKalyanaramanCID Moosa and Meesha Madhavan was once upon a time known by his real name, which was Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai. We wonder if he had stuck with this name what would he have been called? GP2, GPP, Gops? Sounds odd, doesn't it? 

Nayantara

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The beautiful Mollywood actress who has acted in many Tamil and Telugu movies alongside big superstars was named Diana Mariam Kurian by her parents. This pretty woman so deserved to be called ‘Nayantara' which means 'Star of one's eyes', didn’t she?

Bhavana

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This Thrissur girl whose real name is Karthika Menon has acted with almost all actors of Mollywood including MammoottyMohanlalDileepJayaramPrithvirajKunchacko BobanJayasurya etc and was also part of superhit movies like Chronic BachelorC.I.D.MoosaSwapnakoodu etc.

Rajinikanth

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We all know Thalaivaa was born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad into a Marathi family but we wonder had he stuck with the name Shivaji, would it have become a household name? Only Thalaivaa knows, if you know what we mean.

Suriya

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The name Saravanan Sivakumar was trimmed for the sake of a film career earlier on Suriya's life. His brother Karthik Sivakumar is also known by the short name Karthi.

Vikram

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Who would have thought Kennedy John Victor is the birth name of our beloved Tamil superstar Vikram?

Dhanush

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The actor followed in the steps of his father-in-law and changed his name completely. Before venturing into movies he was known as Venkatesh Prabhu.

Arya

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Wondering what this pin-up boy's name was before he hogged the limelight with his box office successes? It was Jamshad Cethirakath. Didn’t expect that, did you?

Chiranjeevi

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We believe Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad would have been real difficult and too long to remember. Now, if Chiranjeevi looks back, he might think that the change in identity was totally worth it.

Pawan Kalyan

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Just like his brother ChiranjeeviPawan Kalyan too shortened his birth name which was Konidela Kalyan Babu.

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