Love is Patient, Love is Kind and Love knows no bounds, these Bollywood actresses have proved it over and over again that love is above everything even religion. Here are some leading women of the industry who have given up their faith just to be with the person they love.
She was a bubbly young Bengali actress from an indigenous Bengali family, who went to become a leading lady of the Bollywood film industry, she was among the first Bollywood actresses who was brave enough to deck the bikini in the silver screen. During the peak of her career she fell for the dashing Cricketer Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
This relationship had its share of struggle with both their families’ opposing but Sharmila Tagore went on to overcome it all, changed her faith to Islam, adopted a new name of Begum Ayesha Sultana and got married to her beloved.
Just like her ex Mother-in-law (Sharmila Tagore) Amrita Singh too changed her faith from Sikhism to Islam. Among the midst of oppositions from both the families especially Saif Ali Khan’s parents, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sharmila Tagore, she went on and got married to Saif Ali Khan who was much younger to her. But after a love defined 13 years of marriage they got divorced and Saif Ali Khan later got married to another Hindu actress Kareena Kapoor who chose not convert her faith.
The yester year actress too proclaimed her love by giving up her religion and converting to Hinduism, in a time when the country was still licking its wounds of partition and stood divided in the name of faith. Nargis Dutt broke all the stereotypes and went on to marry her co-star from the movie “Mother India” Sunil Dutt and even adopted the name of Nirmala Dutt.
Their marriage stood the test of time, the inter-religion marriage notions and is still considered to be a breakthrough for the people blinded by faith.
Ayesh Takia Azmi
Though this is still not clear weather Ayesha Takia had converted her faith but this vivacious actress got married to her longtime boyfriend Farhan Azmi a restaurateur in a traditional Muslim custom in the year 2009. May be her mixed family background of Hindu Father and an Anglo-Indian Mother made her choose love over religion.
This sultry South Indian actress who made her a mark in the Bhojpuri film industry unlike other Bollywood divas didn’t change her religion for the sake of love for a worldly being but for the love of the almighty, the creator of the universe, Jesus Christ. Her devotion for Christianity has left many people amazed and her goal of preaching this religion to all the corners possible has given a new dimension to choice of love over religion.
In a time when religion still acts as a barrier, these Bollywood leading ladies have time and over set an example of devotion and commitment to give up all to love and be loved.
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