Shakespeare putted it well by saying ‘What’s in a name?’. However, this question doesn’t imply to the people in glamour world, where name is everything. Our names play a major role in giving the ‘first impression’.

There have been many Bollywood celebrities who changed their name when they entered Bollywood including Govinda, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, and many more. But there are many South Indian stars who changed their when they entered the movie world.


Here, in this article we bring you a list of all those South Indian stars who changed their names, have a look :

1. Rajnikanth :


Superstar Rajnikanth is the biggest superstar of this country. His real name was actually Shivaji Rao Gaekwad.

2. Chiranjeevi :

Chiranjeevi did his acting debut in 1978, with the film Punadhirallu. However, before he became a star he was an NCC cadet and his real name is Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad.

3. Dhanush :

Popularly known for his performance in the movie Ranjhanna. He is one of the most talented actor of South movies. In his 15 years of career he won, 3 National Film Awards and 7 Filmfare Awards. However, his real name is not Dhanush but Venkatesh Prabhu.

4. Prabhas :

The blockbuster star of South has been ruling the hearts of the audience ever since his Baahubali days. The real name of Prabhas is Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati.

5. Mahesh Babu :

One of the most stylish and handsome actor of South Industry, Mahesh Babu is an an actor, producer, media personality, and philanthropist. He made his his debut as a child artist at the age of 4 with the movie Needa. However, his real name is not Mahesh Babu, but Mahesh Ghattamaneni.

6. Kamal Hassan :

The iconic actor Kamal Hassan is known for his versatility. However, he was born with the name Parthasarathy Srinivasan.

7. Rana Dagubbati :

Not just in South Indian movies but in Bollywood as well, Rana Dagubbati has given many amazing performances. His real name is Ramanaidu Daggubati .

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