From Anushka Shetty to Nayanthara, know the real names of your favorite south actress!

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Everyday we hear the names of our south actress. But, Do you know the reality of their names? Their are many actress who has changed their names before entering in south industry. Here is a list of some actress who have changed their names.

1. Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty is a popular South Indian film actress, who made her acting debut with Telugu movie Super. She gained popularity with 2006 blockbuster Vikramarkudu. Anushka’s portrayal of Princess Devasena in the Baahubali series (2015-17) received widespread acclaim. Her real name is Sweety Shetty.

2. Nayantara

Nayanthara was born and brought up as a Syrian Christian. On 7 August 2011, she converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai. She went through Shuddhi Karma, a procedure involving a Vedic purification and a Homam where Nayanthara chanted the hymns from Veda and Gayatri Mantra under the guidance of the priest. After the purification ceremony, a Certificate of Conversion to Hinduism was issued to her and her stage name, Nayanthara, became her official name. Her real name is Diana Mariam Kurian.

3. Jaya Prada

Jaya Prada’s real name is Lalita Rani. Her father, Krishna Rao, was a Telugu film financier. Her mother, Neelaveni, was a home-maker and a very pious lady.  She has starred in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi films. She was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Rampur from 2004 to 2014.

4. Bhumika Chawala

Bhumika Chawala who is mainly known for her role of Nirjara Bharadwaj in ‘Tere Naam’ made her film debut in the Telugu film Yuvakudu (2000) and has since then worked in various Indian film industries and appeared in over thirty films in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, and Punjabi. Her real name is Rachna Chawla.