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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]

Monica (a) M. G. Rahima
BornRekha Maruthiraj
Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
Other namesKrishna, Monica, Rekha, Parvana, M. G. Rahima
Years active1990–1995; 2001–2014
Spouse(s)Malik (2015 – present)
Parent(s)Maruthi Raj (Father)
Gracy (Mother)

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 the mother is a Christian.[5]

Rahima tied the knot with Malik. Malik is a Chennai-based entrepreneur, who hails from Salem.It is said that Malik also happens to be the son of Rahima's father's close friend. Malik is into import and export of electronic items.[6]


Year Movie Role Language Notes
1990 Avasara Police 100 Tamil Child actor
1991 Uncle Bun Maria 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 Thayamma (child) Tamil Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Child Star
Maindhan Tamil Child actor
Manju Virattu Poovazhagi (child) Tamil Child actor
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
1997 Iruvar Tamizhselvan's daughter Tamil Child actor
Pasamulla Pandiyare Tamil Child actor
1998 Moovendhar Uma's sister 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
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
Agarathi Tamil
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. Retrieved 11 January 2015.