While the saying "What's in a name?" still holds true, Bollywood performers and characters have proven time and time again that a name does matter and is important.

Bhumika Chawla- Rachna Chawla

The actress rose to fame after costarring with Salman Khan in Tere Naam. Bhumika Chawla, a model turned actress, goes by the name Rachna Chawla.

Katrina Kaif- Katrina Turquotte

Katrina changed her surname to her father’s when she started her Bollywood career because she thought it would be easier to pronounce. Though other inmates in the industry have questioned Katrina’s paternity.

Mallika Sherawat- Reema Lamba

According to sources, Mallika Sherawat revealed in one of her interviews that her father Mukesh Lamba disowned her because she left her husband’s home to pursue a career in Bollywood. Her father also forbade her from using his surname.

Mahima Chaudhary- Ritu Chaudhary

Mahima Chaudhry began her Bollywood career with the film Pardes, where she had a stunning breakthrough opposite King Khan. Subhash Ghai, who is superstitious, wanted to direct the film when the actress’s name begins with the letter ‘M.

Mandakini- Yasmeen Joseph

Raj Kapoor, a well-known actor and director, noticed her and advised her to change her name. Yasmeen Joseph was her real name before she changed it to Mandakini.

Manyata Dutt- Dilnawaz Shaikh

While her real name is Dilnavaz Sheik. Prakash Jha, the director of Gangajal, gave her the screen name Manyata. Manyata afterwards married Sanjay Dutt and assumed the name Manyata Dutt permanently.

Rekha- Bhanurekha Ganesan

Rekha was born Bhanurekha Ganesan to Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpawali. Later, when she began her film career, she abbreviated her name to Rekha to make it more marketable.

Reena Roy- Saira Ali

Reena Roy was born Saira Ali, but after her mother’s divorce, she changed the names of all four of her children. Reena’s name was changed from Saira Ali to Roopa Roy by her mother. Reena Roy’s name was changed from Roopa Roy to Reena Roy when she was cast in her first film, Zaroorat.

Sridevi- Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapam

Sridevi is credited as being Bollywood’s first female superstar. She abbreviated her real name, ‘Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapam,’ because it was difficult to remember and say.

Tabu- Tabassum Fatima Hashmi

Tabu, who comes from a wealthy family, is one of Bollywood’s most polished and sought-after actresses. Tabu began her career in commercial cinema before moving on to offbeat art flicks.