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Kollywood stars Who converted to different faith for specific reasons

People all over the world have discovered and adopted faith in something other than their own religions over the years. They always make headlines and receive a huge appreciation for inculcating respect and modern values towards different religions.

When it comes to the film industry, we’ve mostly seen examples in Hollywood and Bollywood. But in the Tamil cinema industry, there are a number of noteworthy individuals who have left their religion and adopted a different one.

Nagma

Kollywood stars Who converted to different faith for specific reasons

Despite born to a Hindu mother and a Muslim father. She was taught to respect all religion from childhood. ‘Communal riots pain me’, she once said in an interview to TOI. She therefore found faith in Christianity.

She was baptised in 2007. She is currently serving as a politician for Indian National Congress and has profound admiration for Rahul Gandhi.

A.R. Rahman

Kollywood stars Who converted to different faith for specific reasons

A.R. Rahman, formerly known as Dileep Kumar, has transformed the face of the music industry with his composition talents and a magical voice. Although his mother was a Sufi, A R Rahman converted to Islam when his sister became sick and recovered while they prayed to Allah. Hence, he converted to Islam in 1989 and changed his name to Alla-Rakha Rahman. He later unveiled it to the rest of the country.

Nayanthara

Kollywood stars Who converted to different faith for specific reasons

Nayanthara was born to Kurian Kodiyattu and Omana Kurian, Malayali Syrian Christians. Diana Mariam Kurian is her given name. When she entered the film industry, she changed her name to Nayanthara. However, she soon fell in love and converted to Hinduism in order to marry Prabhu Deva. Sadly their relationship did not last.

Yuvan Shankar Raja

Kollywood stars Who converted to different faith for specific reasons

Yuvan Shankar Raja revealed on Twitter a few months ago that he had discovered faith in Islam. After eliciting mixed reactions from his supporters, he eventually decided to quit the social media. Yuvan Shankar Raja is said to have converted to Islam after his mother passed way. However, he has not yet changed his name.

Monica

Kollywood stars Who converted to different faith for specific reasons

Monica, a South Indian actress, was born to a Hindu father and Christian mother. She converted to Islam in 2014 although she has not revealed the reason yet.  Her name has been changed to MG Rehima. She has quit acting afterwards. 

Written by Shreya Pal

Shreya is an avid lover of Russian movies. She wishes to be a script writer.

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