I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of ‘Imaan': Zaira Wasim on 'quitting Bollywood'

Published: June 30, 2019
Email
PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

Bollywood actor Zaira Wasim, who rose to fame with her debut film Dangal, has announced that she has decided to quit Bollywood as she felt her relationship with Islam was threatened.

Hailing from Kashmir, the 18-year-old Secret Superstar actor made a detailed post on her Facebook page about how she felt like she wasn’t truly happy with her identity in Bollywood, reported Hindustan Times.

Zaira 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.”

View this post on Instagram

#AutumnInKashmir

A post shared by Zaira Wasim (@zairawasim_) on

The star continued to share her experience in the industry, revealing, “As I complete 5 years today, I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this identity, that is, my line of work. For a very long time now it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else.”

5 years ago I made a decision that changed my life forever. As I stepped my foot in Bollywood, it opened doors of…

Posted by Zaira Wasim on Saturday, June 29, 2019

The star went on to explain how even though she may have fit into the Bollywood world perfectly, she felt as if she didn’t belong. “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,” she wrote.

Bollywood never knew what to do with me: Mallika Sherawat

“While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my Imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened.”

View this post on Instagram

#Aesthetic

A post shared by Zaira Wasim (@zairawasim_) on

The post, which garnered over seven and a half thousand likes at the time and counting, even got a response from popular Islamic scholar Mufti Ismail Menk, who replied, “May the Almighty bless you, be with you, keep guiding you, protect you, grant you goodness, happiness, contentment, bliss and success in this world and the next & the same for everyone of us. Aameen.“

View this post on Instagram

Smile! It's a Sunnah! #simpledeeds

A post shared by Mufti Ismail Menk (@muftimenkofficial) on

Even before her debut film released, Zaira faced troubles as she was trolled fore being ‘unislamic’ by acting in a film. After the film released and she bagged the National Award for Best Supporting Actress, she met Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti but later apologised after she was criticised for it.

Zaira has already completed filming The Sky Is Pink that also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.

 

Have something to add to the story? Share it in the comments below.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (2)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 30, 2019 - 2:41PM

    I seriously support this rare sensible girl. Show biz is a gamble . who knows what the-next movie will bring . She should focus on education, get a degree and a stable job . She will be contended. She is worth it .Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 1, 2019 - 1:05AM

    May ALLAH Bless her, and give all of us the strength of character to judge between right and wrong as well, and to take the right deicision, AmeenRecommend

More in Film