Even the most notable of Bollywood actresses have left their religion, mostly for love and marriages. Here are five Indian actresses who changed their religion:-
1. Nargis Dutt
Nargis Dutt was one of the most popular actresses of her time. She was a Muslim who fell in love with her colleague and popular actor Sunil Dutt. Sunil Dutt saved her in an incident when fire broke out on the sets of a movie and Sunil Dutt had come to her rescue. In order to get married to Sunil Dutt, Nargis changed her religion and did it quite fearlessly. The move shocked India, which had partitioned not long ago at the time from Pakistan. Nargis had also adopted a new name upon accepting her Hindu religion and that was Nirmala Dutt.
2. 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. It is still not confirmed whether she has reverted back to her religion or not. Saif Ali Khan later married Kareena Kapoor Khan, who has made it clear that she would not change her religion and would continue to be a Hindu.
3. Sharmila Tagore
Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore was one of the finest actresses to be part of the Indian film industry. At the peak of her career, Sharmila fell in love with the Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. Mansoor Ali Pataudi was a Muslim and hence, Sharmila also converted to Islam in order to get married to him. The move upset families of the couple, however, they both decided to get married and eventually had a blessed marriage.
She was a South Indiana actress who became a Christian and hailed Jesus Christ as the only ‘superstar of her life’. Nagma went public about her change of faith in 2008.
5. Ayesha Takia
She 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, however various media outlets have claimed that she converted to marry Farhan.