Many Bollywood and Southern celebs have converted or practiced different religions in the past. It’s okay and celebs have always managed to show how ‘Love’ knows no barriers like religion or language. When we talk about South Indian actresses specifically, there are several who converted to different religions, either to find peace or after a spiritual awakening.


Khushbu Sundar:


Did you know that Khushbu was born Nakhat Khan on September 29, 1970, to a Muslim family in Mumbai? Her parents gave her the stage name Khushbu. However, she converted to Hinduism to marry Sundar C and the veteran actress has been using Sundar in her name ever since. Reportedly, it was her decision to change the name.



Born of Malayali Syrian Christian parents, Kollywood’s superstar Nayanthara reportedly converted to Hinduism. She did the same at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai on August 7, 2011. Her real name is Diana Mariam Kurian.



Born to her parents – a father who is a Hindu and a mother who is a Christian, actress Monica embraced Islam with the new name MG Raheema. She revealed to the media and stated that she liked the principles of Islam and so she decided to convert.



Nagma, known for her Telugu films Gharana Mogudu with Chiranjeevi and Allari Alludu with Nagarjuna Akkineni, was born Nandita Arvind Morarji. She was baptized in 2007 after finding faith in Christianity.



Jyothika, who started her career with films like Tagore, Mass and Shock, was born Sadanah to a Punjabi father and Muslim mother. Actress Nagma is her half sister. However, Jyothika has mixed faith in all religions as she married actor Suriya according to Hindu traditions. There is no information about her legal conversion.

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