Salman Khan: In Sanam Bewafa (1991), the story of lovers caught between their warring families, the superstar's character name is Salman Khan, a Pathan
Amitabh Bachchan: He portrayed a character named Amitabh, an educated taxi driver, in the Bollywood drama Kasauti
Divya Bharti: The late actress portrays Divya in the 1992 romantic saga Shola Aur Shabnam, which also stars Govinda
Aamir Khan: Much before earning the sobriquet of Mr. Perfectionist, this Khan starred as Aamir in Raakh (1989), a revenge thriller about a normal young man who is forced to turn criminal
Tina Munim (now Ambani): In the cult classic Karz, she is Monty’s (Rishi Kapoor) love interest Tina, whose character has a childish innocence
Rekha: She has played characters with her real name in numerous films. They comprise Raampur Ka Lakshman, Kahani Kismat Ki, Do Anjaane, Karmayogi and Kali Ghata
Amjad Khan: The late actor portrayed the much-loved character of inspector Amjad Khan in the cult classic Qurbani
Abhishek Bachchan: Junior B’s character name in Bol Bachchan is Abbas Ali, but Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgn) refers to him as Abhishek Bachchan since Abbas lies to him about his name. Pic/ Santa Banta
Prem Chopra: Can we ever forget this dialogue from Bobby – "Prem naam hain mera, Prem Chopra"?
Sudeep: He plays a multi-millionaire industrialist Sudeep, who is also a womaniser, in Makkhi
Vidya Balan: She is Vidya, a gynaecologist, in Paa and also Auro's (Amitabh Bachchan) mother. In Kahaani, her character is again given her real name. This time she is a software engineer. Pic/ Santa Banta
Sushmita Sen: In her debut flick Dastak, she reprises herself, playing Miss Universe Sushmita Sen!
Urmila Matondkar: She joined the David Dhawan-Govinda combo in Kunwara, playing Urmila, who falls in love with Chi Chi's character in the movie
Ajay Devgn: He has played a character named Ajay in a number of films, including his debut Phool Aur Kaante. Other movies starring him as Ajay include Suhaag, Gundaraj, Ishq, Zakhm, Apaharan and U Me Aur Hum. Pic/ Santa Banta
Karisma Kapoor: The elder of the Kapoor sisters, she plays Karisma in the 1993 film Muqabla, and also in the forgettable horror flick Papi Gudia (1996)
Akshay Kumar: In the 2007 comedy Welcome, Khiladi Kumar’s character name is Rajiv. Akki was born Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia. He used his adopted name Akshay in the action flick Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi. Pic/ Santa Banta
Aamna Sharif: In her debut film Aloo Chaat, Aamna retains her real name for her character of a Muslim girl living in America. Pic/ Santa Banta
Bobby Deol: Very early in his career, this Deol portrayed the character of Bobby in the love story Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997), opposite Aishwarya Rai. The film is still remembered for it melodious music
Ram Kapoor: He is business tycoon Ram Kapoor in Ekta Kapoor's popular show Bade Achhe Lagte Hain
Mona Singh: She plays the loving, caring, sacrificial housewife Mona Singh in the family drama Kya Huaa Tera Vaada
Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Rekha and other Bollywood and Television actors often retained their real names for certain on-screen characters. Some have used their actual surnames too!