See which Hollywood and Bollywood Celebs Publicly changed their Religion

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Religion is a sensitive issue and can be violent if provoked or criticized. There is freedom of speech and religion in India and a person can choose a religion of his/her choice. Here we are providing the details of some Hollywood and Bollywood celebs who have publicly changed their religion and practiced practice adopted the religion.

 [1] Julia Roberts



Julia Roberts is among the hot celebs of America and also the highest-paid actress in the world during the 1990s.  A Catholic mother and a Baptist father raised her but this actress got impressed with Hinduism while shooting if the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’. She even practiced yoga on regular basis and visited a temple regularly when she came to India in 2009.

Julia also used to have a red bindi on her forehead like Indian women. Some of her successful Hollywood movies are Pretty Woman (1990), The Pelican Brief (1993), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), and Wonder (2017). She owns a production company called ‘Red Om Productions’

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 [2] Richard Gere



Richard Gere is one of the famous actors of Hollywood who adopted Buddhism from a Methodist.  He studied Buddhism for around six years and went to Nepal to spend some time with Tibetan monks and lamas. After meeting with the Tibetan holy leader Sir Dalai Lama, he became an active supporter of Tibetan Buddhism.

He came in limelight with his role in the American film Gigolo (1980). Some of his hit Hollywood movies include The Cotton Club (1984), Primal Fear (1996), Runaway Bride (1999), and  Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016).  His latest films in 2017 are The Dinner and Three Christs.


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[3] Dharmendra



Dharmendra is a Bollywood actor, producer, and a politician who fell in love with his co-star Hema Malini. The couple wanted to wed but Dharmendra’s first wife refused to divorce. So he changed his religion to Islam that allowed him a second marriage with Hema Malini.

Dharmendra has been one of the most famous actors of India and one of his most notable roles was in the 1975 Hindi film Sholay. Some of his super-hit action films include Dharam Veer, Charas, Azaad, Life in a… Metro, and Double Di Trouble.  He was elected as a member of 14th Lok Sabha from Bikaner constituency representing BJP. The Government of India honored him with Padma Bhushan in 2012.

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 [4] Sharmila Tagore

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 Sharmila Tagore and Mumtaz were the highest paid Bollywood actresses during 1970 to 1976.  Tagore had a romantic affair with the former Indian cricketer Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. She adopted Islam to marry him and also got a new name as Begum Ayesha. Sweet.

She made her acting debut in 1959 with the Satyajit Ray’s Bengali film Apur Sansar. In a 1967 movie An Evening in Paris, she became the first Indian star to appear in a bikini which established her as the top hot celebs in the nation. Sharmila is the winner of two Filmfare Awards and two National Film Awards.  This former Bollywood actress was honored with Padma Bhushan by Indian Government in 2013.


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 [5] Lindsay Lohan



Lindsay Lohan is an American actress who was spotted with a copy of the holy Quran while doing a community service in New York. She publicly expressed her love for Islam but her younger sister adopted Buddhism.

She is among the popular female celebrities of the US who has appeared in many commercially successful movies like Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), Fully Loaded (2005), The Holiday (2006), and Scary Movie 5 (2013). Lohan has also appeared on theatre and TV shows. Her short film in 2015 is Till Human Voices Wake Us. ‘The Shadow Within’ is one of her new Hollywood movies that are in Post-production.

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[6] Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes



Tom Cruise is an American actor and producer who married well-known female celebrities of the US namely Mimi Rogers and Katie Holmes in 1987 and 2006 respectively but divorced both of them. The former spouses adopted the modern day religion called Scientology. Katie Holmes is an American actress who was raised a Roman Catholic but followed Scientology due to her husband’s attachment with the same.

Tom Cruise is the winner of three Golden Globe Awards. His new Hollywood movies in 2017 are   ‘The Mummy’ and ‘American Made’. He is the producer and actor in the upcoming film in 2018 which is Mission: Impossible 6.


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[7] Jane Fonda



Born on 21 December 1937, Jane Fonda was one of the hot celebs of the US during her young age.  She adopted Christian religion to get peace in life. Fonda made her Hollywood debut in 1960 with the film ‘Tall Story’ in which she portrayed the character of June Ryder. She got recognition for her roles in films like Walk on the Wild Side (1962), Cat Ballou (1965), and Barbarella (1968).

Jane won two Best Actress Oscars for her performance in the movies Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978).  She had one film in 2017 called ‘Our Souls at Night’. Her upcoming Hollywood film in 2018 is Book Club.

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 [8] Nargis Dutt

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Nargis Dutt was one of the greatest actresses of Indian film industry. Nargis was born on 1 June 1929 and died on 3 May 1981.  She was a Muslim who changed her religion to Hindu after marrying Bollywood actor late Sunil Dutt. Her son Sanjay Dutt is a well-known film actor.

Nargis made her acting debut with a lead role in the movie Tamanna (1942). Her acting career spanned for 20 years and she has appeared in many commercially successful Bollywood movies like Mother India (1957), Adalat (1958), and Raat Aur Din (1967). This Bollywood actress won the   National Film Award for Best Actress for Raat Aur Din in 1968.


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 [9] Orlando Bloom

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Orlando Bloom is one of the most popular male celebrities on the list of celebrities of UK. This actor was born and raised in a Church of England but later on, he changed his religion to Buddhism.  He followed Nichiren Buddhism and became a member of Soka Gakkai International.

Orlando came in limelight for his role in fantasy adventure and historical epic movies. He has established as leading actor in Hollywood by his performance in movies like ‘The Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Elizabethtown’, both 2005 films. His latest film in 2017 is S.M.A.R.T. Chase.


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