Malayalam actresses are highly popular not only for their exceptional acting skills; but also for their peculiar names. Malayali audiences are extremely fond of the great talents and consider and treat their favourite stars like close family members.
The biggest equipment of an actor is a perfect body language which will help to connect with the character and a catchy name, which will help them to connect with the audience. Most of the popular actors of Indian Cinema industry have changed their names, immediately after entering the industry.
Earlier, it was mandatory for an actor or actress to have a name, which would help to grab the attention of audience and media easily. Nowadays, things have changed and the actors and actresses prefer to remain in their birth name.
In the earlier stages, most of the popular stars; especially actresses, earned immense popularity with their stage names. Most of the actresses we love have sustained in the industry with stage names, which were selected by themselves or family members or first directors.
In Malayalam movie industry, Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair was the main person, who suggested names for most of the movie stars, including Prem Nazir and Sathyan. Most of the stars are known in their stage names and audience consider it to be their original name.
The stage names have influenced the lives of the stars as well. There are some popular actresses who have legally changed their stage name as their official name, including Nayantara. Actress Bhavana has always remarked that very few of her close associates remember her original name Karthika; while most of the people call her Bhavana.
Here we present the original names of 10 most celebrated actresses of Malayalam movie industry...
Saraswathi Devi Aka Sharada
Sharada, the National award winning actress, was born as Saraswathi Devi. She changed her stage name into Sharada, upon the insistence of her producer.
Clara Aka Sheela
Sheela, the star actress of Mollywood, was born as Clara. She later changed her stage name into Sheela, as she felt the name Clara is not appropriate for a film star.
Maheshwari Aka KPAC Lalitha
KPAC Lalitha, the super-talented actress of Malayalam cinema, changed into the stage name Lalitha after she started working with the popular drama company KPAC.
Asha Kelunni Nair Aka Revathi
Asha Kelunni Nair changed her stage name as Revathi, upon the insistence of her first director Bharathiraja, who believed that Asha is an inappropriate name for a South Indian actress.
Ashwathy Kurup Aka Parvathy
Ashwathy Kurup, who is popular in her stage name Parvathy, decided change her screen name upon the instruction of her directors.
Kavitha Ranjini Aka Urvashi
Urvashi, the popular actress was born in the name Kavitha Ranjini. She later changed her name into Urvashi, upon the insistence of her directors, who felt that it is more suitable name for an actress.
Dhanya Nair Aka Navya Nair
Dhanya Nair changed her stage name into Navya Nair, as her first director Sibi Malayil felt that Dhanya is a very common name and not suitable for an actress.
Diana Mariam Kurian Aka Nayantara
Diana Marian Kurian changed her screen name into Nayantara, upon the instructions of Sathyan Anthikad. She later made it as her official name while converting into Hinduism in 2011.
Karthika Menon Aka Bhavana
Karthika Menon changed her screen name into Bhavana during her first film, as there were already some highly established actresses in the same name.
Rekhitha Kurup Aka Bhama
Bhama was born as Rekhitha Kurup. Her screen name was changed into Bhama by director Lohithadas, during the filming of her first film Nivedyam, as he was not impressed with her name.