Celebrities are extremely conscious about how the audience perceives them and their work. Their main aim is to entertain the people and be remembered as iconic personalities in history. And when you think about the people who have become legends in the industry, you see three things that are common among them – a great personality, a lot of hard work, and a powerful name. And the good news is, anyone can achieve this, if set on the right track.

You can polish your personality and become the most hardworking person ever, but what about your name? How do you add some weightage to your name? There are some who are a bit superstitious and have chosen to modify their names by adding or removing some extra letters or dropping their first or last name completely. While there are others, who have chosen to completely change their name to create an impact or sound glamorous. But what about others who don’t want to change their name? Well, the only answer is to that is, “Success ke piche mat bhago. Kabil bano, kabil. Kamyabi toh sali jhak maar ke peeche ayegi.

Here is a list of Bollywood celebrities who fall in these categories. These are the celebrities who you don’t recognize by their real name but are extremely famous in the industry. So scroll down to find out who these B-town celebs are.

Ajay Devgn
Son of a famous stunt director, Veeru Devgan, changed his name to Ajay Devgan when he entered Bollywood. He also dropped the letter ‘A’ from his surname just recently making it Devgn. Numerology, maybe? Shivaay knows! 
Akshay Kumar 
Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi was once a chef in Bangkok, and he was called Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia. He too decided to change his name before entering Bollywood.  

The heart-throb who made women go weak in their knees was actually named Dharam Singh Deol. People usually shorten their name, but he chose to make it Dharmendra; not very different from his original name though. 

He rocked the 90s with his dance moves and his hilarious performances. Imagine what would have happened if you knew him by his real name – Govind Ahuja. Hard to imagine? But the name Govinda does suit his personality.

Katrina Kaif 
Before entering Bollywood, Katrina decided to drop her last name and replaced it with Kaif, to give it an Indian touch.

R. Madhavan
Now you finally know what ‘R’ stands for.
K. Balachander was Shivaji Rao Gaikwad’s mentor and the director who introduced us to 'Rajinikanth', of course. 

This evergreen actress who is considered to be an epitome of beauty and grace, in her early days was a victim of body shaming. Back then she was called Bhanurekha Ganesan.

Yes, his real name is Shantanu. When you consider his sweet personality, you do see why Shaan makes more sense than Shantanu. Short and sweet, like they say. 

Shilpa Shetty
If you are a fan of Shilpa Shetty, you would know that her mom is an astrologer. And over the years, Ms. Shetty has taken advice from her mother on matters relating to career and life. Changing her name from Ashwini to Shilpa was one such advice.

The Hawa-Hawai girl when young, had a name quite different to what the world knows now. She modified it to Sridevi without giving up on the ethnic touch.

Did you know that Tabu is the niece of Shabana Azmi and the younger sister or Farah Naaz? See, two things you didn’t know about her – her name and her relatives?