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Bollywood is going through such a phase where having surnames like Khan or Kapoor gathers a lot of traction from the viewers. Many people decide to drop their surnames or even use stage names from being judged on the basis of their surnames. The roots of nepotism are so deep in the Bollywood industry that having specific surnames makes a great difference. For ages, many actors have stopped using their surnames while working in the industry. We have curated a list of some of them.

Here we have listed a few actors who are just known by their first names in the Bollywood industry:

1. Rekha

Do you know the full name of Rekha? Probably not. Her full name is Bhanurekha Ganesan. She did not just drop her surname but also used a shortened form of her name. The actress only picked Rekha from Bhanurekha.

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2. Dharmendra

Every Bollywood fan knows Dharmendra. He is also known to have changed his name after dropping his surname. Dharam Singh Deol is the actual and full name of Dharmendra. He tweaked his name from Dharam Singh to Dharmendra. Many people came to know about Dharmendra’s surname after Sunny Deol’s debut who is his eldest son.


3. Tabu

Tabu is a very well-known actress in Bollywood but do you know her full name? Tabu’s full name is Tabassum Fatima Hashmi. Reported, she had her name shortened from her debut film itself. Apparently, her sister Farah, an actress, also dropped her surname.


4. Govinda

Our very own favourite Hero No. 1, Govinda, dropped his surname too. Have you ever heard his full name? Most definitely not. His full name is Govinda Ahuja.

5. Asin

Asin is a very popular name in the South movie industry as well as in the Bollywood industry. The full name of Asin is Asin Thottumkal.


6. Jeetendra

The actor Jeetendra’s actual name is Ravi Kapoor. It is obvious now because we are familiar with his children Ekta Kapoor and Tushar Kapoor.


7. Kajol

The Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge actress, Kajol also dropped her surname. Her full name is Kajol Mukherjee. She is the daughter of the popular actress Tanuja Samarth and the filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee.


8. Ranveer Singh

It is very much presumed that Ranveer’s surname is Singh. Why is his name on this list? The actor’s full name is Ranveer Singh Bhavnani, he dropped his last name before entering the industry.

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