While the name has always been considered as one of the biggest identifying factors for any individual and is essential for maintaining a unique identity, there have been times when the work of some Bollywood actors became their prime identifying factors rather than their names. While there have been several Bollywood actresses who have been a prominent part of the industry for ages who are still highly recognized by their faces rather than their actual names. Following this, we have created a list of some Bollywood actresses and prominent sidekicks and their real names. Let’s have a look
Known for her prominent television works and appearances this Indian actress became noticeable with her performance in the Sci-Fi television series Space City Sigma. The other prominent appearance of the actress includes her work in serials like Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kala Teeka and has also appeared in various films like Ghulam, Taal, Aladdin, Rahasya, etc. While we only know the actress by her looks and characters, the real name of the actress happens to be Mita Vashisht.
Are you also among those who have no idea about who this actress is? Well, wait until you see the picture of this actress. One of the most prominent actresses of the Indian television films and web series, Sheeba Chaddha has mesmerized the audiences with her active engagement in various short videos. Appearing in acclaimed films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Delhi 6, Talaash, Murder, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, etc. she became a highly favorite for the audiences.
The first look of this actress that runs through our mind whenever we see the picture of this actress is her sober yet short appearance in the film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Receiving a Filmfare award as the best-supporting actress for her brilliant role in 1995 released Akele Hum Akele Tum, this actress was also loved for her outstanding performance in Bajirao Mastani. The bold yet brilliant character of this actress in the film became one of the prime reasons behind the success of the film.
Playing the ideal role of an Indian mother in the film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, this actress became a loved one for the audiences. Gaining prominence in the industry for similar roles, this actress has also appeared in other films like Akira, Mimi, Yaariyan, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, thank you, etc. While we all know about her appearances and works, the real name of the actress happens to be Smita Jaykar.
Beginning her career back in 1970 with the Marathi professional stage along with various fashion shows and modeling, Neena Kulkarni started her journey towards becoming one of the renowned actresses of the industry. Known for her acclaimed performances in films like Hungama, Nayak, Fir Bhi Dil hai Hindustani, Guru, and various others she is still lesser recognized by her original name. Gaining prominence only with the characters she played, the audiences fail to recognize this actress by her original name which is, Neena Kulkarni.
Another actress who has a number of films and serials yet is still not recognized by her original name is the television actress Pratima Kazmi. Popular for playing strong characters which mostly include the negative and grey shade roles, this actress is immensely popular for her brilliant dialogue delivery skills and a husky voice. Even garnering an award for her negative roles, she has appeared in several acclaimed films like Raaz, Gadar, No Entry, Badlapur, Dabangg 3, etc.
Prominent for being one of the “Mumu ki Titli ”, from the film Hum Saath Saath Hain, Kunika is a prominent television actress, producer, advocate, and social activist. Popular for portraying negative and villainous roles, she is still remembered by her characters rather than her original name. Some of her other appearances include films like fugly, Maharaja, Beta, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, etc.
Though we are a bit confused about some of you already being aware or having an idea about who this actress is, to refresh your memories, this Bollywood, Assamese, and Marathi actress is well known for her performance in the film Hu Tu Tu. Gaining prominence with films like Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi, Page 3, Naksha, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and various other television appearances like Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, Udan, Everest, etc. This actress is still less recognized by her actual name.
Are you also amongst those who have no idea about who this actress is or have listened to this name for the first time? Well, the revelation of the photo of this actress will be a true shocker about how all of us could have no idea about the original name. Gaining prominence as Mrs. Wagle from the sitcom Wagle Ki Duniya, she has also been known for her appearances in various Marathi and Hindi language films including Desi Boys, Chashme Baddoor, Coolie no. 1, Poster Boys, etc.
“Arey ye Zinda hai”, remember the popular meme material given by the actress after her performance in the film Welcome? Still prominent for her side role in the film, this actress has been highly popular for her appearance in another movie Mujhse Shaadi Karogi. With a brief career as a television actress, she has been a part of various acclaimed Hindi movies along with some Telugu movies as well. While we are highly aware of her roles, the original name of the actress happens to be Supriya Karnik.
Who would believe that a graduate in electronic engineering would end up becoming an actress in the glamour world? Recognized by her offbeat performances in films like Dil Chahta hai, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Page 3, and fashion she has become one of the famous actresses of the industry. However, despite appearing in such renowned films, she fails to make an image with her original name.
Who can forget the Phoolan Devi of the Bollywood industry? Well, becoming popular for playing a lead in 1994 released Bandit Queen, the actress Seema Biswas has also been a great supporting actress for films like Vivah and Half girlfriend. While there are several films under her name, the actress is still lesser known by the original name.
Looking highly unrecognizable in today’s time, this television and film actress initially started as a model. Gaining prominence as a sidekick in films like Umrao Jaan, LOC Kargil, Kachche Dhaage, Aaina, etc, this television actress created her brilliant image till 2006. With a career in the industry from 1980 to 2006, this actress said goodbye to the glam world with her last work in Umrao Jaan.
Though this actress has appeared in several films and shows, she still fails to get recognized by her actual name. A successful Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and Telugu actress, Rohini Hattangadi is often known for her typecast in motherly roles that were much ahead of her years. The mother of Munna Bhai, the best television actress, is also known for performances and films like Arth, Saransh, Gandhi, etc along with various other television appearances.
Popular for her strong character as Ammaji in the Hindi Indian daily soap opera, Naa Aana Iss Des Laado, she became a star overnight. Though she has appeared in several other projects she has become famous for being a leader in this television show. Some of her supporting roles in the movies Taare Zameen par, Chalte Chalte, Kuch Na Kaho, etc also became a reason for her prominence. While we drool over her work Hindi serial Na Aana is Desh Laado and its sequel, she is lesser-known by the original name as Meghna Malik.
We probably saved the most brilliant one for the last! Making our childhood awesome back in the 90s, this actress became highly successful with her work in sitcoms like Hum Paanch and Shararat. She was even seen playing a prominent part in the film Hungama which was highly loved by the audiences. And as for her other roles, she also appeared in a side role in the film Kal Ho Na Ho and several others.