The Bengali actress changed her religion at the apex of her career to be married to the Nawab of Pataudi, "
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
". There was an opposition between their families, but she became a Muslim and took the name Begum Ayesha Sultana.
decided to convert to Islam to be married to Dharmendra, who also converted to the same religion, as
his wife at the time refused to grant him a divorce. The duo was married in 1979. The famous actress took these risky steps despite proposals of marriage from renowned actors like Jeetendra and
She converted to Islam from her original faith of Sikhism to be married to
Saif Ali Khan
and they were married inspite of the disapproval of Saif’s parents. After their separation 13 years later, it is unclear whether she reconverted or not. However, Saif’s current wife
Kareena Kapoor Khan
did not convert from Hinduism.
She was born a Hindu with her father being Hindu and her mother being Anglo-Indian. However, she was married to her husband Farhan Azmi, a restaurateur, in a traditional Islamic Nikah ceremony on March 1, 2009. The media reported that she had converted to Islam before the event, but the actress has not personally commented on the matter yet.
She was one of the first actresses to break the fold and change her religion not for wedding reasons but for her love and respect for another one. She was extremely inspired and impressed by Christianity and came out in the open regarding her change of faith in 2008. She said that she wanted to be able to tell about the Bible and preach the work of Jesus, her ‘superstar,’ in every part of India.
6. 'Kushboo Sundar'
She was born as Nakhat Khan but converted to Hinduism. She is married to Sundar and lives and follows the Indian traditions and customs.
Not much has come to the spotlight related to the sudden and unexpected change of religion of the Hindu actress to Islam. She intimated the media with an interview about it while appearing in the full traditional dress of Muslim women, replete with a burqa and hijab.
When she had decided to convert to Hinduism from Christianity, the preparations for her betrothal to superstar
were in full swing. However, the arrangement fell through, but the actress persisted with her newly adopted religion. She has also paid a visit to several Hindu shrines after her conversion.
9. 'A.R. Rahman'
The Mozart of Madras grew up as an atheist and had no religious affiliations in the least. His father was a Hindu, and his mother belonged to the religion of Islam, but he resorted to neither during his childhood. However, in 1989, he chose Islam and became officially converted to the faith. During the same time, he adopted his present name with which he would be identified worldwide for his achievements in the field of music.