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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Popular South Indian actress Nagma turns to Christ; wants to preach gospel and peace.

By James Varghese
Special to ASSIST News Service

Actress Nagma

INDIA (ANS) -- Popular South Indian actress Nagma has now become a Christian.

According to a news reported by www.christianmessenger.in, the actress, who ruled the roost in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi language films in India from 1993 to 1997, revealed about the transformation in her life while speaking at a prayer meeting for film artistes organized in Vijay Park Hotel, Chennai by Jesus Redeems Ministries founder Pastor Bro. Mohan C. Lazarus.

Many film personalities including director Prabhu Solomon, actors Chinni Jayanth and Junior Balaiah attended the meeting.

The site reported that, at the meeting, she is said to have told the gathering that she is ready to preach the Gospel in every city and town that the Lord takes her to. According to the media reports, the actress shared her testimony and wowed the audience with her knowledge of the Bible at the meeting.

According to an actor who was present on the occasion, the actress was emotionally charged and spoke well for more than one hour. In fact she surprised everyone when she substantiated her speech with quotes from the Bible, added the actor. The actor also said that, reportedly the actress said in her speech that her stint in politics led to depression and she even went to the extent of attempting suicide. At that time, she had the chance to read Bible, which brought about a change in her. Now she wants to preach the Bible and spread peace everywhere.

The site reported the background for her change as She said that her life style forced her to attempt suicide and hence she sought the help of the Lord. Nagma told the gathering that Jesus Christ was the only super star in her life. Earlier, she made a reference to her acting career where she had paired as the leading lady with several actors in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Bhojpuri films (different language movies in India)

The actress also told that , she dabbled in politics briefly and a copy of the Bible that she got when she was depressed and contemplating suicide saved her from killing herself. All her problems, she said, started fading away one by one after she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior.

Actress Nagma was born in an ordinary Muslim family in the state of Punjab.


James Varghese is a reporter for the V TV news in Gokak, Karnataka state, India, and is freelance journalist working for ANS.

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