South Stars Who Changed Their Real Names

Muhammed Kutty

Muhammad Kutty Ismail Paniparmbil, known as Mammootty, is a popular actor. His name change saved us from memorizing a lengthy name, and he enjoys immense fame.


Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad, known as a mega star in the South industry, wisely adopted a simpler name, which has contributed to his success and popularity.

Pawan Kalyan

Konidela Kalyan Babu transformed into the popular star Pawan, also known as Powerstar or Gabbar, following in his brother's footsteps to establish a recognizable identity in the industry.


Shivaji Rao Gaekwad became the iconic Rajinikanth, elevating his name along with his career from a bus conductor to the revered superstar of the South. His immense fan following is a testament to the impact of his new identity.


Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raja transformed into the versatile star Dhanush, making his mark in both South and Bollywood. His decision to adopt a new name has contributed to his success and recognition in the film industry.


Diana Mariam Kurian embraced Hinduism and adopted the name that reflects her enchanting eyes, beautifully transforming her identity.

Suriya Sivakumar

Saravanan Sivakumar transformed into the successful star Suriya, achieving fame and numerous hit movies in the Kollywood industry.

Chiyaan Vikram

Kennedy John Victor, a renowned artist in the south industry, adopted the name of a more common denominator for success, although the name Kennedy itself carries a sense of achievement.


From Amar to Jiiva, this star continues to breathe life into his roles. With similar meanings, the name change seems fitting for his portrayal of vibrant characters.

Bhavana Menon

Karthika Menon transformed into Bhavana, enhancing her on-screen charisma. This powerhouse performer reigns as the queen of Mollywood.