Tamil Actors Who Changed Their Names To Be Successful in Kollywood

Tamil Actors Who Changed Their Names To Be Successful in Kollywood

22 Mar 18 @ 9:54 AM | By Vamsee Ajjampudi

Actors lead quite a different life off the screen. Although there are some whose reel & real lives coalesce, there are some who nurture two different personas. To lead the silver screen life, the actors leave some of their habits and learn new ones. Their real names are also some of the things that they leave behind to give meaning to the aliases that they adopted when they enter the filmdom. Although few of the diehard fans know the real names of our Kollywood celebrities, many, like me, don't know them all. To make sure you don't get alienated in a discussion, a list of the Tamil celebrities who changed their real names has been compiled. Given that the Kollywood is a vast sea, the only actor of the recent times have been amassed.

  1. Arya Real Name - Jamshad Cethirakath

    Jamshad Cethirakath had changed his real name to a short yet stylish name. The hunk's name was changed by director Jeeva, who lived in the same neighbourhood as Jamshad did. Upon signing on Ullam Ketkumae, Jeeva suggested the name change and Jamshad readily agreed and became Arya.

    Arya Real Name
    Arya Real Name
    Arya
  2. A. R. Rahman Real Name - A.S. Dileep Kumar

    A.S. Dileep Kumar changed his name when his sister fell sick. He along with his mother and other family members changed their religion and accordingly changed his name to Alla-Rakha Rahman. Maybe some hardcore fans know this fact but most don't.

    A. R. Rahman Real Name
    A. R. Rahman Real Name
    A. R. Rahman
  3. Jiiva Real Name - Amar

    The youngest son of R. B. Choudary's real name is Amar which means immortal in Sanskrit. Although he has such nice name, the actor adopted the alias Jiiva which means life. It is quite interesting as both the names refer to soul.

    Jiiva Real Name
    Jiiva Real Name
    Jiiva
  4. Nayanthara Real Name - Diana Mariam Kurian

    Like Rahman, Diana Mariam Kurian changed her name when she changed her religion. Some say that she changed her religion because she planned the Hindu director Prabhu Deva. Although her wedding plans have been cancelled, she didn't revert to Christianity and continued following Hinduism.

    Nayanthara Real Name
    Nayanthara Real Name
  5. Rajinikanth Real Name - Shivaji Rao Gaekwad

    This is a well-known story. Shivaji Rao Gaekwad was a bus conductor who acted in theatres before his talent was spotted by K. Balachander four decades ago. After becoming a star, the Rajinikanth's stage name has become so popular that newborns are named after him.

    Rajinikanth Real Name
    Rajinikanth Real Name
  6. Revathi Real Name - Asha Kutty

    Asha Kutty is quite a cute name. One can't help as to why Kutty even changed it to Revathi which is equally good.

    Revathi Real Name
    Revathi Real Name
    Revathi
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  8. Sneha Real Name - Suhasini Rajaram

    Her real name Suhasini Rajaram is a bit lengthy. Maybe that is the reason as to why the actress changed it to Sneha. Her friendly face goes hand in hand with her alias which means 'love'.

    Sneha Real Name
    Sneha Real Name
    Sneha
  9. Suriya Real Name - Sarvanan Sivakumar

    The son of Sivakumar was born as Sarvanan Sivakumar. The big shot had no interest in acting. However, upon being coaxed by his close friends, the actor took up acting and adopted the stage name Suriya.

    Suriya Real Name
    Suriya Real Name
  10. Vijay Real Name - Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar

    Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar chose his secular middle name as his silver screen name. Although Vijay hasn't changed anything for the record, most people, who aren't his fans, are unaware of this fact. But it is safe to say that the actor's Ilayathalapathy star title has sort of become his first name.

    Vijay Real Name
    Vijay Real Name
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  12. Vikram Real Name - Kennedy John Victor

    Vikram's birth name is Kennedy John Victor. He was born to a Christian father and a Hindu mother. His father was a supporting actor and his father's stint in filmdom inspired him to take up acting and become a star hero. Judging from the fan following he has now, it is safe to say that he succeeded in his mission.

    Vikram Real Name
    Vikram Real Name
    Vikram