Bollywood teaches many messages of "equality" in interfaith marriages. One may summarized it as ... Love is more important than love of religious conversion of your loved one. If you know of any additional movie where such a message is given, please describe the scene and overall message from it here.
Namastey London: A message on religious tolerance
Basic message here is not to tolerate the intolerance of others for your birth religion. A Pakistani immigrant Muslim, Imran Khan, was asked to be Baptized as a condition of marriage to Susanne in London. See the videos for excellent explanation and justifications for not submitting to such an intolerance request...view video here. The movie ends with a scene where unmarried Imran and the Christian Susanne move to Karachi, Pakistan. Do you think this Imran Khan will have a Nikaah with Susanne without Shahadah conversion? Will their kids have Baptism, Sunat, both or none? Will Susanne and Imran have an option to proudly take their kids with them to a mosque on Friday and to a church on Sunday in Pakistan? Express your views here.
Kareena and Saif: Religion and Marriage
These days, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s romance is a hot subject for Bollywood (now married). Saif’s mother and a very renowned actress Sharmila Tagore converted to Islam for her marriage to Mansoor Ali Khan, changed her name to Begum Ayesha Sultana, gave Muslim names to all their 3 kids and children were raised as Muslims only. Saif's first wife, Amrita Singh, had also the same religious fate, gave Abrahamic names to their kids, and later got talaak (divorce). Considering Islam played a major role in Saif’s upbringing, will Kareena have the similar religious fate as Sharmila and Amrita or will Kareena have the choice to enjoy her interfaith marriage with equality and raise secular children? Read a full story here.
Jodhaa bai asked King Akbar for two conditions for marriage: 1) she is a Hindu and will not convert to Islam and 2) she will keep her God, Lord Krishna, with her. The King respected her beliefs. View Video
Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan
Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan got married without imposing their own religion on the other spouse and is an "admirable act." However, it is not clear if religion played any role in their decision for the divorce.
No Nikaah for Fardeen Khan
Fardeen Khan (son of Feroz and Sundri) and Natasha Madhvani (daughter of Mayur and Mumtaz) got married on Dec 16, 2005.
Feroz Khan stated "There will be no nikaah, no Muslim or Hindu rites. They will have a registered marriage. There is no priest, but the marriage registrar, who will do the deed. We are a family who believes that all religions are one and that there is one God..." Read..Fardeen
The set up in this movie is a love relation of a Sikh man in India and a Pakistani Muslim girl. Happy interfaith marriage is possible without imposing religious conversions. See Video
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