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Tamil actress Monica reverts to Islam, quits film industry
Monday June 2, 2014 0:10 AM, IINA

Well-known Indian actress Monica has decided to revert to Islam, don Islamic headscarf and quit the film industry, Times of India reported.


"I have not convert for the reason of love or money, am not such a person. I like Islamic principles. This is why I have converted to Islam," she said after reverting to Islam.

"Hereafter I won't act in the film, it gives some pain but I don't change my mind," the young actress added.

According to Indian media, Monica's decision was announced during a news conference on Friday in which she released photos showing her wearing traditional modest costume and a hijab.

She has also changed her name to MG Rahima.

However, she did not reveal reasons behind her decision to join the world's fastest growing religion.

The Azhagi actress started her career as a child artist in Tamil cinema and has acted in more than 50 films.

She is also the popular face in other South Indian film industries like Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

Monica, who had won Tamil Nadu State Award as a best child actor for her performance in Vijaykanth starrer En Aasai Machan, is known for few of the Tamil movies like Azhagi, Imsai Arasan 23m Pulakesi and Silandhi.

In 2001, Monica had changed her name a Paravana for Malayalam film industry.

The actress was last seen in Tamil film Jannal Oram, which was released in 2013, November. Monica is not the first Indian celebrity to revert to Islam this year.

Earlier in February, reports said that both musician Yuvan Shankar Raja has taken the same decision to revert to Islam.

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