Recently popular television actor Sana Khan made the headlines for marrying a young religious scholar, Mufti Anas. This came months after she left the world of showbiz to devote herself to spirituality. But it is hardly the first time an actor has rejected glamour and popularity for pursuing spirituality. Here are five such instances:
Mamta Kulkarni: The actress has worked opposite Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan but abruptly left the world of cinema and its glitz to turn herself completely into spirituality. Referring to God as her first love, Mamta also wrote a book on spirituality.
In 2019, Zaira Wasim announced her "disassociation" from acting, saying she was not happy with the line of work as it interfered with her faith and religion. Zaira, who was in her early teens when she appeared in Aamir Khan starrer 'Dangal', also worked in his 2017 production venture "Secret Superstar'. Her last film was 'The Sky Is Pink', co-starring Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.
Vinod Khanna: The Bollywood star left his family as well as the world of movies to become a sanyasi in 1982 when he became a follower of Osho. He left his home and moved to Osho’s ashram in the US. (Image: Instagram)
Sakshi Khanna: Sakshi Khanna is the youngest son of actor Vinod Khanna and his second wife Kavita. Like his father, Sakshi was also influenced by spirituality. He has worked as an assistant director in popular Bollywood movies like Milan Luthria’s Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani until he left to become a saint. In 2019, it was reported that he has left his filmy life to join Osho as his follower.
Sofia Hayat: Sofia quit showbiz to become a nun in 2016. She was infamous for her bold photos and videos on social media.
Anu Agarwal: After gaining overnight stardom with Aashiqui in 1990, Anu went through a tragic accident. As a means of healing, Anu took to yoga and experimented with craniosacral therapy, vipassana, and tantra in ashrams of Kutch and Uttarakhand. Now, she lives as a yogini.
Barkha Madan: The Indian model, actress and producer, who has worked in Hindi and Punjabi films, was so impressed by Buddhist ideologies that she decided to become a nun in 2012. She got ordained at Sera Je Monastery in South India and changed her name to Ven. Gyalten Samten.