While we almost daily hear about a new person entering the Bollywood industry, it is rare we receive ‘resignations’ from an actor. That too a successful one. When Zaira Wasim announced that she was quitting one of the biggest industry around the world, it took the whole nation by a huge surprise, reasonable so. And we are still reeling from it.
Who is Zaira Wasim Really?
Zaira Wasim was a Bollywood actress who started her career with Aamir Khan’s Dangal, for which she even won National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, driving herself straight into the spotlight. And her success story continued. She was again cast in Secret Superstar, an Aamir Khan production. This time too she won an award of Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. Her third film was too finalized with some of the big star cast like Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar in The Sky Is Pink. But alas, the girl has decided to part ways with Bollywood.
What’s the Reason behind Quitting?
Wasim has cited religious reasons for her unexpected exit. In a long post, she wrote that the industry has damaged her “peace, imaan and relationship with Allah.” Read her entire post here.
She also disclosed last year that she had been dealing with anxiety and depression and even had suicidal thoughts.
How is Bollywood Taking This News?
The industry is in splits regarding her decision, taken with a religious motivation. While some are all ‘team Zaira’, others have hurled some harsh words towards her.
Who Slams Her?
Of course when Bollywood and religion come in the same sentence, not many are going to hold back. Raveena Tandon is one of them. In a now-deleted tweet, she called her ‘ungrateful two-film-old’ and also advised her to ‘keep her regressive views to herself’. However, Tandon soon retreated and confessed that her words were harsh.
She made up well for that by tweeting “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. “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. Deleting the tweet that now sounds harsh.”
Payal was all vocal about how she disliked her decision and didn’t hold back at all. She ridiculed her saying “I hope that this child now grownup Indian Muslim actress Zaira Wasim who says she quit Bollywood as it interferes with her religion doesn’t become a Jihadi tomorrow under the same ideology. After all, she is an Indian so I am sharing my concern on public platform.”
Vivek tried a rather diplomatic approach while subtly shading Wasim. He tweeted “Of course we must not judge choices of Zaira Wasim but in the age of Artifical Intelligence we must question the book that orders an individual to quit ‘ARTS’ to make peace with Allah.”
Staying in his character, KRK too slammed Zara. He wrote on Twitter “I will say to all the people, that pls don’t trust Zaira Wasim! She is doing all this for the publicity only. She is the biggest drama girl. She is in Bollywood and she will never leave it. Don’t worry, Aamir Khan will produce more films for her.”
Who Supports Her?
Kher had comparatively warmer words towards the girl. He said “I think it’s a tragedy that a 16-17 year old girl has to take a decision like that. I do respect her sentiments, I do respect that it’s her individual choice. But as a person, I feel sad that she had to take a decision like this about her flourishing career.”
Alia Bhatt’s mother chose to support Wasim’s decision. She stated that “I would certainly respect her decision as this business can be hugely overwhelming and often quite frightening. @ZairaWasimmm you’re so young and you may feel differently in 4 years time.. we will welcome you back with open arms sweetheart if that is so.”
Nagma too joined the bandwagon and appreciated Wasim’s courage. She said “Appreciating and supporting Zaira Wasim for her decision Nagma took to Twitter and said Zaira Wasim is a courageous girl who defied stereotypes and shined through. We must appreciate her courage & stand with her in her moment of crisis. We love you for work you did and your spirit keep it alive. Wish you well and want you to be happy.”
Seems like it is a goodbye for now. And if she doesn’t feel like staying in the industry any longer, then that is her call. Who are we to stop her? Democracy, y’all.