Divya Bharti Changed Her Name, Converted To Islam To Marry Sajid Nadiadwala, Hid It From Father

Divya Bharti bid adieu to the world on April 5, 1993. Although her death shocked many, her love story with Sajid Nadiadwala has made us believe in the notion of love.


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Divya Bharti Changed Her Name, Converted To Islam To Marry Sajid Nadiadwala, Hid It From Father

Divya Bharti is a name that will always rule the hearts of millions. With just a few films, the actress left an everlasting impression on the audience, and her absence is still felt in the industry. Her enchanting smile and enigmatic screen presence were second to none, and ever since she made her acting debut, she has been compared to Sridevi. And why not? Divya was a big fan of Sridevi and considered the superstar her idol.

Born into a non-filmy family, Divya always wanted to pursue acting because she never liked to study. At the age of 14, she was noticed by a filmmaker, Nandu Tolani, however, things did not work out between them. At the age of 16, Divya made her debut in 1990 in a Telugu film, Bobbili Raja. However, it was her Bollywood debut in Vishwatma that made her an overnight sensation. Within just 3 years in the industry, Divya did 21 films and had an array of films lined up.

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Unfortunately, destiny had other plans for Divya as the actress passed away in 1993 in a tragic accident. It was the biggest shock for the glamour world. Apart from her family and friends, it was her husband, filmmaker, Sajid Nadiadwala, who was shattered by Divya’s untimely demise. Do you know that Divya broke all the barriers of religion and converted to Islam to marry Sajid? Let us read some unknown aspects of Divya Bharti and Sajid Nadiadwala’s relationship.

How did Divya Bharti meet Sajid Nadiadwala?


It was on the sets of the film, Shola Aur Shabnam that Divya first met Sajid as he frequently visited the shoot to meet his friend, Govinda. For Sajid, it was love at first sight as he was bowled by her beauty. They started off as friends and later realised about their feelings for each other. Divya and Sajid wanted to marry each other but she was certain that her parents would never agree since the two followed different religions.

Divya Bharti converted to Islam and changed her name


Divya Bharti was head-over-heels in love with Sajid Nadiadwala and was ready to break all the barriers to marry him. Within just 10 months of dating Sajid, she decided to get married to him. To tie the knot with Sajid, the late actress reportedly converted to Islam and changed her name to Sana.

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Divya Bharti’s secret wedding with Sajid Nadiadwala in the presence of a qazi


As soon as Divya turned 18, she married Sajid in a private ceremony on May 10, 1992. The wedding took place at Sajid’s residence in Mumbai in the presence of a qazi, Divya’s hairdresser, and her friend, Sandhya. The wedding was kept a secret, so that it could not not hamper her illustrious career.

Divya Bharti kept her wedding with Sajid Nadiadwala a secret from her father

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On the day of her wedding with Sajid Nadiadwala, Divya called her mother, Meeta Bharti and informed her about the same. She also asked her mother to sign as a witness, but she refused. Divya’s mother told her that she wouldn’t sign unless she told about her wedding to her father, Om Prakash Bharti.

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After getting married to Sajid Nadiadwala, Divya Bharti continued to live with her parents, meeting him occasionally. Divya’s father had no idea that she had married Sajid without his consent. After a few months of their wedding, it was Sajid, who visited Divya’s family for Diwali and announced their wedding. 

Divya Bharti’s tragic death


Divya Bharti was just 19, when she bid adieu to the world, breaking the hearts of millions. It was in the late evening of April 5, 1993, when Divya fell from the balcony of her fifth-floor apartment. She was rushed to the hospital, where the actress was declared dead. The circumstances of her death led to many conspiracies, but it was officially declared accidental in 1998.


Divya Bharti was a force to reckon with, who glorified Bollywood with her presence. Her untimely and tragic death came as a shock to many filmmakers who had put their high stakes on her.

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