Monica (actress)

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Born Rekha Maruthiraj
(1987-08-25)August 25, 1987
Kottayam, Kerala, India
Other names Monika, Mounika, Parvana, M. G. Rahima
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–1995; 2001–2014

Monica or Monika (born Rekha Maruthiraj)[1] is a former Indian film actress, who starred predominantly in Tamil language films. A child actor in the early 1990s, she mostly appeared in supporting roles, before taking lead roles from the late 2000s on. She is probably best known for performances in the films Azhagi, Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi and Silandhi. In 2012, she changed her name to Parvana for Malayalam films.[2] In 2014, she converted to Islam, changing her name to M. G. Rahima, and announced that she had quit acting.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On 30 May 2014, Monica converted to Islam. At a press meet, she said, "I didn’t convert for the reason of love or money, I am not such a person. I like Islamic principles, so I converted to Islam. I will intimate about my marriage to media once arranged by my parents and I really thank my dad for his full support. I was not convinced to change my name but finally, I have changed my name to M.G. Raheema (M – Maruthi Raj (Father), G-Gracy (Mother)). Hereafter, I won’t act in films".[4]


Year Movie Role Language Notes
1990 Avasara Police 100 Tamil Child actor
1991 Uncle Bun Malayalam Child actor
Bramma Tamil Child actor
Chanti Telugu Child actor
1992 Endrum Anbudan Tamil Child actor
Pandiyan Priya Tamil Child actor
1993 Sakkarai Devan Tamil Child actor
1994 En Aasai Machan Younger Thayamma Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Star
Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana Patma Tamil Child actor
1995 Sathi Leelavathi Tamil Child actor
Indira Younger Indira Tamil Child actor
Chellakannu Younger Chandra Tamil Child actor
Aasai Tamil Child actor
1998 Moovendhar Tamil Child actor
2001 Theerthadanam Younger Vinodhini Malayalam
Love Channel Rajeswari Tamil
2002 Azhagi Younger Dhanalakshmi Tamil
Kadhal Azhivathillai Monica Tamil
Phantom Pailey Hema Malayalam
Siva Rama Raju Swathi Telugu
Otte Ee Ammai Evaru Teleedu Telugu
2003 Bagavathi Priya Tamil
Banda Paramasivam Shenbagam Tamil
Maa Alludu Very Good Meghana Rao Telugu
Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu Deepika Tamil
2004 Kanninum Kannadikkum Abhirami Malayalam
Koduku Telugu
2005 Are Telugu
Daas Punitha Tamil
Sandakozhi Tamil
2006 Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi Vasanthi Tamil
Paisalo Paramatma Telugu
2007 Chilanthy Malayalam
2008 Thodakkam Gayathri Tamil
Rosa Kele Nimsara Sinhala
Silandhi Monika Tamil
2009 A Aa E Ee Anitha Tamil
Devaru Kotta Tangi Gowri Kannada
2010 Gowravargal Poongodi Tamil
Hrudayadalli Idenidu Geetha Kannada
2011 Muthukku Muthaaga Annamayil Tamil
Nanjupuram Malar Tamil
Varnam Kavitha Tamil
Kalla Malla Sulla Kannada
2012 916 Lekshmi Malayalam
Agarathi Tamil
2013 Kurumbukara Pasanga Sindhu Tamil
Benki Birugali Kannada
Suvadugal Tamil
Jannal Oram Tamil
2014 Naran Tamil Completed
Kannigapuram Sandippil Tamil Completed
Amaran Tamil Completed