In the Bollywood industry changing a particular name, having a new stage name is not a new thing. Changing a real name to a reel name is a common thing happening on a regular basis.
Akshay Kumar, the Khiladi Kumar of the Bollywood industry also had a different real name than Akshay Kumar. The real name of Akshay Kumar is Rajiv Bhatia. So if you are wondering why Rajiv Bhatia was changed to Akshay Kumar. Here is the reason why the name was changed.
The story behind the name change of Akshay Kumar is very interesting. Before making his appearance in any movie as a lead actor Akshay Kumar made his debut in the Mahesh Bhatt movie ‘Aaj’. He played a small cameo of just 10 seconds in this movie.
The character that he played was of a Martial Arts Trainer, because of his martial arts expertise. This character that he played for this movie was named Akshay. Rajiv then instantly fell in love with the name and decided to adopt the name Akshay Kumar as his name.
So, this means that Rajiv Bhatia changed his name to Akshay Kumar after his first movie had ended and released. But, if we imagine today Rajiv did the right thing by becoming Akshay as more then Rajiv Bhatia, Akshay Kumar is named that goes more with the Khiladi of Bollywood’s personality.