Actress Zaira Wasim quits bollywood because it ‘interfered with religion’
Zaira Wasim will be a part of Shonali Bose's upcoming The Sky Is Pink.
- Dangal star Zaira Wasim quits films due to religious reasons.
- She says it ‘risked her relationship with her faith and religion.
- The Kashmiri-born actress will be next seen in Shonali Bose’s upcoming The Sky Is Pink.
- Despite the attention and public fame, Zaira feels she does not belong here.
Award-winning actor Zaira Wasim announced her disassociation with Bollywood and field of acting in a shocking decision this weekend. The actress, who rose to public prominence after her star-studded performance in Dangal, says she does not belong here.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Zaira announced that she is not unhappy with the field because she may fit here, but she doesn’t belong there. She said that after five years of stepping in the field, she feels unhappy with her line of work.
Thanking the fans for their support, Zaira Wasim said that she feels like her profession has deviated her from the righteous path of faith. Her relationship with her religion felt threatened, she added.
”I am not truly happy with this identity”
Zaira said that she repeatedly had to convince herself that what she was doing was corrected and she failed to do that, not once but a hundred times.
“I kept procrastinating by tricking and deluding my conscience into the idea that I know what I am doing doesn’t feel right but assumed that I will put an end to this whenever the time feels right and I continued to put myself in a vulnerable position where it was always so easy to succumb to the environment that damaged my peace, ‘imaan’ and my relationship with Allah (God),” Zaira said.
She said that few things that happened twisted her perception about the profession and life, and she no longer feels content at heart.
“In the great and divine wisdom of the Quran, I found sufficiency and peace. Indeed the hearts find peace when it acquires the knowledge of Its Creator, His Attributes, His Mercy and His commandments.”
“I discovered my lack of knowledge of the basic fundamentals of my religion and how my inability to reinforce a change earlier was a result of confusing my heart’s contentment and well being with strengthening and satisfying my own (shallow and worldly) desires,” Zaira added.
Indian fans divided over her decision:
While some Indian fans have requested to respect Zaira’s privacy and her decision, others requested her to reconsider it as ‘she belongs in acting’.
Who on earth are we to judge #ZairaWasim and her choices..a spiritual path works for many people…May she find the peace she seeks with Allah.
— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) June 30, 2019
#ZairaWasim ‘s decision to dissociate with film industry (‘because it interferes with her faith’) should be understood and respected as much as Nusrat Jahan’s Sindoor-Bindi.
That did not make Nusrat immoral as this does not make Zaira more moral.
*Freedom to choose is supreme*
— Arfa Khanum Sherwani (@khanumarfa) June 30, 2019
#ZairaWasim: Acting has affected my relation with Allah
Katrina Kaif: pic.twitter.com/OyQUGy6lhd
— Abhi (@DarkKnightEcho) June 30, 2019
*A random Mullah says something against Nusrat Jahan'a Sindoor and Mangalsutra*
RW-Liberal :This is not acceptable, Her Life, Her Choice,respect her.
* #ZairaWasim quit Bollywood*
RW-Liberal : This is radicalization, Islam and Muslims and Kashmiris are fanatics and Blah Blah.
— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) June 30, 2019
Zaira Wasim was wonderful in Dangal. She was awesome in ‘Secret Superstar.’ She clearly enjoyed every bit of acting and stardom. Hope you are not quitting under any pressure @ZairaWasimmm. You are made for films. I would urge you to reconsider your decision #ZairaWasim
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) June 30, 2019
Dear #ZairaWasim I respect your decision of quitting movies. I don't agree with the reasons that you've given. I think you're an incredible actress and you can do so much more with your career.
I genuinely hope you'd rethink and continue to pursue Acting…
— Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) June 30, 2019
When a woman takes a decision, whether it contradicts popular opinion or not, somehow people always question her intelligence to know what is good for herself. #ZairaWasim
— Ashwaq Masoodi (@ashwaqM) June 30, 2019
#ZairaWasim has quit Bollywood. It was her personal choice.
But by making it religious,she has just put thousands of Muslim women in Entertainment under radar,who will now find their religious inclinations being needlessly questioned just because of this one girl's choice
— Aastha Khandpur (@AasthaBKhandpur) June 30, 2019
So called liberals and Sanghis are labelling #ZairaWasim as radicalised. Nobody used the term for the murderers of Pehlu Khan, Tabrez Ansari and the likes. The hypocrisy is oozing.
— مہرین (@MehreenAlam_) June 30, 2019
Do you support Zaira’s decision to quit Bollywood at such a crucial time in her career? Will it create problems for other Muslim stars in the industry? Share your thoughts with us.