Marriage is the oldest form of institution according to sociology and the emotion of love is enough to make it happen. Religion and caste often do not make much of a difference which is why Bollywood is considered for this Religious Harmony. Let’s see these Bollywood Divas who changed their Religion for Love.
- Nargis Dutt
The legendary actress married Sunil Dutt who was a Hindu by birth and was also her co-star in the film, Mother India. Being a Muslim, she wholeheartedly embraced Hinduism and even changed her name to Nirmala Dutt. They surprised their fan about their love only after they got married when the nation was at divided post-partition.
- Sharmila Tagore
She started as a Bengali film actress and she easily made a mark in Bollywood for her acting talents. At her career peak, she fell in love with the Nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (The Legendary Tiger Pataudi) who was also a famous Indian Cricketer. She converted to Islam and took a new name as Begum Ayesha Sultana. Despite being opposed from their families, they overcame the resistance and got married.
- Amrita Singh
She was a Sikh by birth and loved Saif Ali Khan who followed Islam. Despite the disapproval of Saif’s parents, the two got married, though their marriage could only last for 13 years.
She went public with her change in faith in 2008. This was for the love of God, Jesus Christ. She embraced Christianity and in her testimony, she surprised her fans with her immense knowledge of Bible. Her motto is to preach the Gospel to every town and city the Lord takes her to.
- Ayesha Takia Azmi
She married her boyfriend Farhan Azmi who is a restaurateur in 2009. Though she never revealed about her conversion whether she has done it or not, many believe that she converted to marry Farhan. Ayesha has been happily married to her beau and is also a proud mother now.
These are some of the examples where love ruled all. Most of them overcame huge obstacles from their family and society to marry the love of their life in spite of the religious difference and live happily ever after. And it would be interesting to watch if Sagarika Ghatge, the Chak De girl who recently got engaged to Zaheer Khan, would be the next one to join the list. For now, we can only congratulate her on her new journey.