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Zaira Wasim Quits Acting & Bollywood As It Interfered With Her Faith And Religion

One of the breakout stars of Aamir Khan starrer Dangal was Zaira Wasim. The actress was amazing from the word go and even went on to bag her first leading role in Aamir’s production, Secret Superstar. While the fans have been eagerly waiting for her next release, the young actress has revealed that she is quitting the film industry as it interfered with her faith and religion. This past weekend, in a lengthy post, the Kashmiri-born star revealed that she has realized that she does not belong here while she may fit in perfectly.

“Five years ago, I made a decision that changed my life forever. As I stepped my foot in Bollywood, it opened doors of massive popularity for me. I started to become the prime candidate of public attention, I was projected as the gospel of the idea of success and was often identified as a role model for the youth. However, that’s never something that I set out to do or become, especially with regards to my ideas of success and failure, which I had just started to explore and understand,” Zaira Wasim wrote in the post.

She further wrote, “As I complete 5 years today, I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this identity i.e my line of work. For a very long time now it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else. As I had just started to explore and make sense of the things to which I dedicated my time, efforts and emotions and tried to grab hold of a new lifestyle, it was only for me to realise that though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here. This field indeed brought a lot of love, support, and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of imaan.”

“While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened. As I continued to ignorantly pass through while I kept trying to convince myself that what I was doing is okay and isn’t really affecting me, I lost all the Barakah from my life. Barakat is word whose meaning isn’t just confined to happiness, quantity or blessing, it also focuses on the idea of stability, which is something I struggled with extensively,” she added.

Elaborating more on it, she said that she found peace in the divine wisdom of Quran, Zaira further wrote that she “began to heavily rely upon Allah’s mercy for my help and guidance.”

Needless to say, her decision took many by shock and her reasoning even angered some. The actress, in her post, had confessed that she decided to quit the industry because her profession interfered with her religious faith and that she doesn’t wish to continue her career in it. Amidst many celebrities who only expressed their shock over this, some of them took a dig at her calling it an ungrateful move towards the industry, some others like Nitesh Tiwari who have been her mentor in the industry, supported her move calling it her personal choice.

Director of Dangal, Nitesh Tiwari, in recent reports, supported her decision requesting everyone not to judge her because of something that she has decided for herself.

While he did confess that the decision indeed came as a shock to him and that it was completely unexpected, he added that it is eventually her life and she has every right to live it the way she wants to. He further mentioned that there is a sense of loss because she is a talented actress but he also asserted that if she has taken this decision, she would have definitely thought about it. He also maintained that he lost touch with her and met her briefly only during award shows.

On the other hand, Zaira Wasim has already shot for The Sky Is Pink which features Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar in lead roles. In fact, the filmmakers of this movie too came out in support of Zaira’s decision and added that they are in support of her in every way possible. While they maintained that Zaira was a thorough professional whilst shooting the film and has also completed her portions successfully, they also stated that this decision is completely her personal choice and they respect it.Directed by Shonali Bose, the film was wrapped up recently and the actress was in attendance for the party.

Also, The 90s star Raveena Tandon, who came across this post, was very offended and didn’t go down well with by the way Zaira called Bollywood as an interference with her religion and took a jibe at her by sharing a post on Twitter.

She said,

Doesn’t matter if two film olds are ungrateful to the industry that have given them all. Just wish they’d exit gracefully and keep their regressive views to themselves .

— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) June 30, 2019

She also added another post recently, where she appreciated Bollywood for being devoid of any discrimination based on caste, creed or religion. She said, “I standby and love my industry, all the opportunities it gives to everyone. Exit is your choice, reason, by all means. Just do not demean it for everyone else. The industry where all work shoulder to shoulder,no differences,caste,religion or where you come from. #Respect #indianfilms.”

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