JNN 04 June 2014 Chennai: The popular Indian Tamil film actress Monika who is known for her films like ‘Azhagi’ and ‘Silanthi’ has converted to Islam and her new name is M G Rahima. The actress has acted in more than 70 films as heroine and child artist.
Monika’s parents are Christian-Hindu and the actress says hereafter she won’t be acting in films. Monika also says that there is no selfishness in her decision to convert to Islam.
Monika started her career as a child artist in Avasara Police 100. She is also popular in other South Indian film industries like Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
She conducted a press meet at RKV Studio on Friday where she said, “I started my career in cinema from child artist, completed 70 films in Cinema Industry. I have done with your full support. The word thanks is not enough for your affections”.
Monica added: “I have been practicing Islam for almost four years now. My father is a Christian and my mother is a Hindu and they support my decision fully. My last film ‘Nadhigal Nanaivathillai’ would be releasing soon and I won’t be acting in films henceforth.”
She added, “I don’t convert for the reason of love of money,i am not such a person. I like Islamic principles so that I converted to Islam. I will intimate about my marriage to media once it will be arranged by my parents and I really thank to my dad for his full support. I am not convinced to change my name but I have changed my name , it is M.G.Raheema (M – Maruthi Raj (father), G-Gracy (mother)). Hereafter I won’t act in the film, it gives some pain but I don’t change my mind”
The actress added that she was planning to tie the knot soon. The actress has also issued her new photographs in Islamic Abaya.
Born as Rekha Maruthiraj, she took the name Monica for her acting career in Tamil and Telugu films. Later, she changed her name to Parvana for Malayalam films. Now her Muslim name is M.G. Rahima.
She announced her decision in Chennai at a news conference on Friday in which she released photos showing her wearing modest costume and hijab.
Monica, who had won Tamil Nadu State Award as the best child actor for her performance in En Aasai Machan, was last seen in Tamil film Jannal Oram in November 2013. Monica is not the first Indian celebrity to revert to Islam.
Monica’s parents Maruti Raj and Gracy were also present at the press meet. “I am strongly inspired by the Islamic tenets which I read in books. I am planning to settle down and will announce my wedding plans soon,” Monica said.
Monika is the latest to join the bandwagon of those who converted to Islam, before her the Oscar winner musician AR Rahman and popular musician Yuvan Shankar Raja had also converted Islam in recent times.
Below is the video of her press meet in which she declared about her decision to adopt her new faith.