Monica (actress)

Monica (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]

Rekha Maruthiraj

Other namesM. G. Rahima
Years active1990–1995; 2001–2016
Spouse(s)Malik (2015 – present)

Personal lifeEdit

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. Rahima (M.– Maruthi Raj (Father), G. – Gracy (Mother)). Hereafter, I won’t act in films".[4] Monika’s father is Hindu and mother is a Christian.[5]

Rahima married Malik, a Chennai-based entrepreneur who hails from Salem. Malik is into import and export of electronic items.[6]


Year Movie Role Language Notes
1990 Avasara Police 100 Tamil Child actress
1991 Uncle Bun Maria Malayalam Child actress
Bramma Tamil Child actress
1992 Chanti Telugu Child actress
Endrum Anbudan Mallu Tamil Child actress
Pandiyan Priya Tamil Child actress
1993 Sakkarai Devan Tamil Child actress
1994 En Aasai Machan Thayamma (child) Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Star
Maindhan Tamil Child actress
Manju Virattu Poovazhagi (child) Tamil Child actress
Varavu Ettana Selavu Pathana Patma Tamil Child actress
1995 Sathi Leelavathi Tamil Child actress
Indira Younger Indira Tamil Child actress
Chellakannu Younger Chandra Tamil Child actress
Aasai Tamil Child actress
1997 Iruvar Manimegalai Tamil Child actress
Pasamulla Pandiyare Tamil Child actress
1998 Moovendhar Uma's sister Tamil Child actress
2001 Theerthadanam Younger Vinodhini Malayalam
Love Channel Rajeswari Tamil
12B Shakti's coworker 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
Bagavathi Priya Tamil
2003 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
Selvam Tamil
2006 Imsai Arasan 23rd Pulikecei Vasantha Sundari Tamil
Paisalo Paramatma Telugu
2007 Chilanthy Malayalam
Ekadantha Kannada
2008 Thodakkam Gayathri Tamil
Rosa Kale Nimsara Sinhala
Silandhi Monika Tamil
2009 A Aa E Ee Anitha Tamil
Devaru Kotta Thangi 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
2013 Kurumbukara Pasanga Sindhu Tamil
Benki Birugali Kannada
Suvadugal Tamil
Jannal Oram Tamil
2014 Thalaivan Tamil
Ninaithathu Yaaro Herself Tamil Cameo appearance
2016 Meera Jaakirathai Tamil


  1. ^ Monika.
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  5. ^ Another Indian Actress Converts to Islam, quits films
  6. ^ "Rahima ties the knot". 11 January 2015. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015.