Religion is a very sensitive aspect of one’s life. While some celebrities converted their religion to attain spirituality, others followed suit purely for love. Their are many bollywood celebrities who have changed their religion. Some of them have even gone to an extent and changed their names. Let’s have a look at the celebs who have changed their religion.
1. Sharmila Tagore
This successful dimpled actress of yesteryears married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the Nawab of Pataudi and former captain of the Indian cricket team. Sharmila converted to Islam and she is also known as Begum Ayesha Sultana post her conversion.
Dharamendra was born as Dharam Singh Deol. He had reportedly convert to Islam in 1979 to get married to Hema Malini. He was already married to Prakash Kaur when he fell for Hema Malini. He didn’t wan’t to divorce his first wife but could not marry again as per Hindu marriage act. So, he converted to Islam and married Hema.
Nargis Dutt, the yesteryear heartthrob did not let that affect her choice when it came to love. Nargis married actor Sunil Dutt and converted to Hinduism from Muslim. She also changed her name to Nirmala Dutt. The couple married on 11 March 1958 and had three children together- Sanjay, Namrata, and Priya.
4. AR Rahman
A R Rahman was born as AS Dileep Kumar. The Oscar Award winner was an atheist at his young age but he found the belief or faith in God with Islam. Hence, he converted to the Muslim community in 1989 and changed his name as Alla-Rakha Rahman.
5. Amrita Singh
Amrita Singh belonged to the Sikh religion and was at crossroads when she and Saif Ali Khan fell in love. In order to get married to Saif Ali Khan, Amrita converted to Islam. She faced stiff opposition from Saif Ali Khan’s parents, who did not approve of Amrita. Her marriage with Saif Ali Khan lasted for 13 long years, after which the two divorced.
6. Ayesha Takia
Ayesha was born to a Hindu father and an Anglo-Indian mother. Ayesha Takia got married to her boyfriend Farhan Azmi, restaurateur. The marriage ceremony was a typical Islamic one, a Nikkah ceremony was also held. Ayesha never came out publicly to express her conversion to Islam, however various media outlets have claimed that she converted to marry Farhan
7. Hazel Keech
Hazel Keech got married to Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on November 30, 2016. After marriage, Hazel adopted the name “Gurbasant Kaur”, which was given to her by Sant Balvinder Singh during the wedding ceremony.
Nagma was born to a Muslim mother and a Hindu father. But she found faith in Christianity. Nagma went public about her change of faith in 2008. In her testimony, her extensive knowledge of Bible amazed her fans. In one of the meetings she was quoted as saying that Jesus Christ was the only superstar in her life, and that she wanted to preach and spread the Gospel to every town and city the Lord takes her to.
9. Divya Bharti
One of the most beautiful actresses Bollywood has ever had is Divya Bharti. Unfortunately, she left us too soon. Divya is said to have converted to Islam to marry Sajid Nadiadwala but she passed away just a couple of years post her marriage.
10. Mamta Kulkarni
Mamta Kulkarni had converted to Islam and married her boyfriend Vicky Goswami, who was serving a long prison term in the United Arab Emirates, in order to help secure him a November 2012 release.
Nayantara was born as Diana Mariam Kurian to Malayali Syrian Christian parents. Later she changed her name to Nayantara. She got converted into Hinduism to get Prabhu Deva married. Unfortunately, her relationship broke up.