Last update: July 19, 2022, 5:40 p.m. HST
Over the years, several Indian celebrities have converted or practiced different religions due to personal beliefs or reasons. Speaking specifically about South Indian actresses, here is a list of actresses in the industry who have converted to different religions:
Hailed as the Lady Superstar of South Indian cinema, Nayanthara was born to Syrian Christian Malayali parents. She reportedly converted to Hinduism on August 7, 2011 at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai. Nayanthara’s real name is Diana Mariam Kurien.
Born as Sadanah to a Punjabi father and a Muslim mother, Jyothika is known to have a mixed faith in all religions. There is no information available on his legal conversion to another religion. Actress Nagma is her half-sister and she exchanged vows with actor Suriya according to Hindu traditions.
Born as Nakhat Khan in a Muslim family, Khushbu after marrying filmmaker Sundar C. converted to Hinduism and is now called Khushbu Sundar.
After finding faith in Christianity, Nagma converted at baptism in 2007. She is known for her Telugu films Allari Alludu with Nagarjuna Akkineni and Gharana Mogudu with Chiranjeevi. Her real name is Nandita Arvind Morarji.
Monica was born to a Hindu father and a Catholic mother. However, she accepted Islam and changed her name to MG Raheema. She revealed that she loved the principles of Islam and therefore converted to this religion.
Apart from these aforementioned actresses, many other actors and actresses in Indian cinema have embraced different religions.
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