What's in a name said Shakespeare. Except that it is ALL in the name. Celebrities, especially in the show business are known to have changed names and even alter the spelling of their names for various reasons. One of these reasons is brevity. 

Here are a few such popular names whom we refer to frequently but more often than not have no idea about their original names. Check it out!

1. V V S Laxman - Cricketer

2. P T Usha - Athlete

3. K R Narayanan - Former President

4. R K Narayan - Author

5. C V Raman - Physicist

6. A P J Abdul Kalam - Scientist, Former President

7. A R Rahman - Music Composer

8. M C Mary Kom - Boxer

9. R D Burman - Music Composer

10. S D Burman - Music Composer

11. I K Gujral - Former Prime Minister

12. P V Narasimha Rao - Former Prime Minister

13. N T Rama Rao - Actor

14. A K Ramanujan - Poet

15. KK - Singer

16. O P Nayyar - Music Composer

17. B R Chopra - Director

18. M S Subbulakshmi - Carnatic Singer

19. K P S Gill - Author, Editor, Former Director General of Police of Punjab

20. H D Deve Gowda - Former Prime Minister

21. V S Naipaul - Author

22. J R D Tata - Aviator, Business Tycoon

23. M G R - Actor

24. P Chidambaram - Former Finance Minister of India

25. S P Balasubrahmanyam - Singer

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