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 for love.
1. Dipika Kakar
Dipika Kakar and Shoaib Ibrahim finally ties the knot in a Nikaah ceremony on February 22 in the presence of their close friends and family. According to a source, the TV actress has converted to Islam for marrying beau Shoaib Ibrahim and is now called Faiza. The copy of their wedding card-which was distributed in the village, clearly refers to the bride and the groom as Faiza and Shoaib respectively.
2. Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore, the 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.
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.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.