Zaira Wasim who is a National Award-winning actor decided to “disassociate” herself from the film industry and that came as shocking for everyone. Zaira Wasim’s post on quitting film sent such shockwaves among the film industry that the rumour of her social media being hacked had spread like wildfire. In the end, her manager, Tuhin Mishra came up front to clarify that the 18-year-old actress had herself wrote the post and her account was not hacked.
While many celebrities like Raveena Tandon slammed her for her decision, there are other personalities supported her decision and one of them was the veteran actor Nafisa Ali. Nafisa Ali who was seen in films like Life in A Metro, Guzaarish, Major Saab and others came in support with her and wrote, “This is the new me … older, grey and feeling positive. I saw myself when I was 20 and I just felt for young actor Zaira Wasim. I thought let me put this message out that work is something which is your choice, it is your freedom, your independent right. There are many pressures young people are surrounded by… but if you have a choice, make you sure you think and make the right choice. Because I always look back and say why did I give in, why did I listen to my father, I should have listened to myself.”
Zaira wasim was clear in her post that she was not happy with the line of work she was continuing as it was obstructing to her faith and religion. She wrote in her post, “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,” The Dangal actress further added, “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.”
While Zaira’s sudden decision to quit Bollywood had left the industry divided, she got support from Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari, Tanushree Dutta, Hansal Mehta, Pooja Bhatt, and Soni Razdan.
The 62 year old actor, Nafisa Ali who wishes to come back to movies had recently shared a monochrome picture of her and wrote, “I am Nafisa Ali Sodhi and I would like an elegant role to portray in Indian cinema. So looking for a perfect script as a senior actor, I need to work to express my emotions. I will not be dictated to. May God give each of us the strength to follow our dreams.” The Major Saab actor further urged people to stop religious intolerance by saying, “Stop targeting young women in India. Stop religious intolerance. Stop dictating to Indians. India is unique and we must protect our secular fabric. Stop this divide and rule. Focus on a better world.”