All You Need To Know About Zaira Wasim Quitting Bollywood

Zaira Wasim said that acting interfered with her relationship with her religion which was the reason behind her retirement from acting

On June 29, actress Zaira Wasim announced that she had decided to quit Bollywood. In a lengthy note she posted on her social media accounts, Wasim said that she had been “projected as the gospel of the idea of success and was often identified as a role model for the youth” upon entering Bollywood — something that she said she hadn’t set out to become.

Wasim, who has starred in Dangal and Secret Superstar, said she was “not truly happy” as an actor and upon completing 5 years in the industry, she realised that she was not happy with her line of work. She said that acting interfered with her relationship with her religion, which was the reason behind her retirement from acting at large.

“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.”

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Divided opinions

As soon as Wasim announced her decision to quit acting on the account of her spirituality, many came forward to support her decision.

However, others were quick to condemn her decision to quit acting at an early age with a few of them even wondering whether she would become a ‘jihadi’.

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Rumours of hacking

Earlier, news reports emerged that Zaira Wasim’s accounts had been hacked and that she hadn’t written the five-page-long article. Reports quoting her ‘social media manager’ said that her team was looking into the matter of the hacking. However, her manager Tuhin Mishra told ANI,

“We have never said that her account was hacked. We just said that we would definitely like to know what has happened. And the post was done by her.”

Zaira’s clarification

However, Wasim later clarified that her social media account wasn’t hacked and were being handled by herself.

Zaira Wasim won the National Film Award along with the Filmfare Award for portraying wrestler Geeta Phogat in Dangal, which also starred Aamir Khan. In Secret Superstar, she plays the role of a teenager who aspires to be a singer. The Sky Is Pink, which Wasim completed shooting in March 2019, is a biopic of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary who succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis and also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.