Zaira Wasim, the Dangal girls has been amongst one of the breakout stars of Aamir Khan. She has been ruling the industry with her acting skills and her charming smile that keeps face around all the time. The actress has been known for her prevalent roles in Secret Superstar and Dangal. However, her fans have been turned down with her all of a sudden made decision to quit Bollywood. The young actress’s revelation about her decision of quitting the film industry due to interfered faith and religion issues has simply made her fans a bit disappointed and furthermore, even the Bollywood stars have been posting their comments on her decision.
Posting a lengthy post on this weekend, the Kashmiri-born star mentioned that she has realized that she is not a perfect fit fro the industry and doesn’t belong here.
Zaira Wasim wrote, “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. 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.”
Soon after the actress posted her desire of leaving the industry, there have been flooding remarks from the Bollywood. Actress Raveena Tandon was the most early critic. She posted a tweet mentioning she wished ‘ungrateful two-film-olds’ would ‘exit gracefully’ and ‘keep their regressive views to themselves, however, she has deleted the post now. She further wrote, “If this is true and the reason for her to quit,if she was or is under pressure, then I do feel sad for the girl.Was she forced into writing the long statement by radicals out of fear?She was a role model to so many youngsters with dreams and inspirations that they could achieve. I wish her luck and strength After seeing this,I now regret my first immediate tweet after reading her statement. Maybe she was forced to write what was unacceptable to people like me who love films, cinema, the industry, that I was born into.”.
The next in the queue was the South Indian star Siddharth, who is pretty vocal on a spectrum of issues further tweeted, “It’s your life… I believe our art and our profession is our life. We fight to keep religion out of it… If your religion made you do this, maybe you didn’t belong here after all. Godspeed”
Later, actress Nafisa Ali, who was 20 when she filmed her debut in 1978 classic Junoon, showed sympathetic with her tweeted, “I saw myself when I was 20 and I just felt for young actor Zaira Wasim… work is something which is your choice, it is your freedom, your independent right..”
However, the best and most empathetic response came from the actress Soni Razdan, “I just hope she grows up to realise that if you love what you do, that is exactly what God would want for you” and “Zaira Wasim you are so young and you may feel differently in four years’ time. We will welcome you back with open arms sweetheart if that is so.”
Nitesh Tiwari, who directed Zaira Wasim in her National Award-winning role in Dangal, spoke to a media platform mentioning,”I read about it in this afternoon, and it came as a shock to me. This was unexpected, but at the end of the day, it is her life and she has the right to lead it the way she (deems fit).”
It has also been reported that Zaira will not be promoting her final film, The Sky Is Pink, which is expected to be released in October.
Later, denying about her account been hacked, Zaira shared another post confirming her statement as, “This to clarify that none of my social media accounts were or are hacked and are being handled by me personally. Kindly refrain from believing or sharing claims that state otherwise! Thanks.”
Despite of the acclaim she received for the her two films and the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for Dangal and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for Secret Superstar, the star life for Zaira Wasim has been difficult. Soon after being a star from Dangal, there was another critical situation on her sharing a post and afterwards deleting it with an apology as she got savaged online for meeting and taking pictures with Mehbooba Mufti, then the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Zaira’s native state.
On the work front, Zaira Wasim will be next seen in The Sky is Pink, which stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar which is supposed to be her last assignment. Directed by Shonali Bose, the film has wrapped up its shoot and the actress could be seen attending the party for the same.