Religion can be one of the most sensitive aspects of a person’s life. You will find numerous people around you who would have changed their religion for different reasons. In fact, there is a tribe of celebrities who have undergone religion conversion to attain spirituality while for others it was purely for love!
Let’s have a look at the celebrities from Hollywood as well as Bollywood who converted their religion:
This music legend is known for his singing and music, but not all know that he was not a born Muslim. In the year 1989, at the age of 23 years, R.S Dileep Kumar (his real name) accepted Islam, giving the world A R Rahman (Allah Rakha Rahman).
Tom Cruise is an outspoken advocate of Church of Scientology. He was raised a Christian, but adopted the extreme faith of Scientology during his early career.
People do crazy things in love, so did Katie. Just months after dating Tom, she was reported practising Scientology. However, after their divorce, she is said to have left the Church of Scientology altogether.
This handsome Punjabi hunk fell in love with the Dream Girl of Bollywood. Both eagerly wanted to marry, but Dharmendra was already married to Prakash Kaur, who refused to divorce him; so they converted to Islam in the year 1979.
This ‘Pretty Woman’ actress started practising Hinduism while shooting for the movie “Eat Pray Love”. Interestingly enough, the author of the book Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert also converted to Hinduism.
So, don’t be surprised if you find this charming lady performing yoga at some serene place.
This wide-eyed Bengali beauty was wooed by Mansoor Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi. In order to marry the former captain of the Indian Cricket team, she converted to Islam and adopted the name Begum Ayesha Sultana.
Richard Gere found his path of spiritualism in Buddhism. He believes that practising Buddhism has made him a better man and has taught him to look deep inside to find the true meaning of life.
The yesteryear heartthrob of Bollywood, Nargis Dutt was a Muslim from birth. It was after falling in love and marrying the handsome actor Sunil Dutt that she embraced Hinduism. Not just that, she also changed her name to Nirmala Dutt.
Born to Sikh parents, Amrita Singh had to convert to Islam in order to marry the young Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan. In the year 1991, they got married in an Islamic wedding ceremony (Nikkah), however, they later got divorced in the year 2004.
Although this Material Girl was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family, she converted to a special Kabbalah cult almost a decade ago. She is also reported to take a Jewish name Esther!
Be it love or faith, these celebrities had their own reasons to undergo a religion change!