The Hush Post| 01:00 pm| 2-min-read
National Award-winning actor Zaira Wasim on Sunday announced her “disassociation” from the field of acting. In a detailed post on her Facebook page, the reason she gave was that her line of work was interfering with her faith and religion.
The Kashmiri-born “Dangal” fame star said she realised “though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here”.
The 18-year-old actor, who completed five years in the profession, rose to fame with her debut in Aamir Khan’s film Dangal (2016). She won a number of awards including a Filmfare Award and a National Film Award–National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement by Ram Nath Kovind in 2017. With the lead role in ‘Secret Superstar’, her acting skills grossed huge money in China’s theatres as well.
This is what she wrote on her FB page:
“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…..However, that’s never something that I set out to do or become, especially with regards to my ideas of success and failure…
For a very long time now it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else. ..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’ (faith). While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my ‘imaan’, my relationship with my religion was threatened.
I was constantly battling with my soul to reconcile my thoughts and instincts to fix a static picture of my ‘imaan’ and I failed miserably, not just once but a hundred times…
About announcing the decision on social media, the actor said she was openly doing so not to paint a holier picture of herself, but “this is the least I can do to start afresh”.
Wasim will next be seen in “The Sky is Pink”, which also stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan Akhtar. The film completed shooting in March.