Love conquers all. The emotional bond between two individuals transcends over social constructs. Love drives us to the point of sacrificing even our most sacred beliefs.
Here is a list of actresses from the Hindi film industry who changed their religion for love:
- Nargis Dutt
Nargis was a Muslim who fell in love with Sunil Dutt, who was a Hindu and her co-star in the movie ‘Mother India’. She boldly grasped Hinduism and even embraced a Hindu name, Nirmala Dutt. Their marriage sent ripples across the post-partition India.
- Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore started her career as a Bengali film actress who effectively made an imprint in the Hindi film industry. She was one of the first actresses to give the famous ‘bikini’ appearance on-screen. She fell in love with the Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi who was a Muslim. She changed over to Islam and took on another name Begum Ayesha Sultana. Despite the fact that there was restriction from their families they conquered the obstacles and got hitched.
- Amrita Singh
Amrita, initially a Sikh changed over to Islam for Saif Ali Khan’s love. Despite disapproval of Saif’s parents, the two star-crossed lovers got married. However, after 13 years the two went their separate ways. Saif is now happily married to Kareena Kapoor Khan, who regardless of being a Hindu married a Muslim man and has clarified that she has no plans to change her religion.
This South Indian actress Nagma opened up to the world about her change of faith in 2008. This was not because of love for a man but love for Jesus Christ. She was once cited as saying that Jesus was the main genius in her life, and that she needed to spread the Gospel far and wide.
- Ayesha Takia Azmi
In 2009, Ayesha Takia got hitched to her boyfriend Farhan Azmi who is a restaurateur. They got married in a typical Islamic Nikaah ceremony. Numerous media reports claims that Ayesha who was born to a Hindu dad and Anglo-Indian mother changed over to Islam to get hitched to Farhan. Ayesha has never clearly come out to throw any light on her conversion, regardless of whether she did so or not.