Zaira quits Bollywood: Here’s what Omar Abdullah, Shah-Faesal tweets

SRINAGAR: Hours after national award-winning actor Zaira Wasim announces her “disassociation” from the field of acting, political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir came out in support of her decision.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Who are any of us to question @ZairaWasimmm’s choices? It’s her life to do with as she pleases. All I will do is wish her well & hope that what ever she does makes her happy.”

While former bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal tweeted, “I always respected @ZairaWasimmm’s decision to be an actor. Perhaps no other Kashmiri has achieved such an iconic status, such success and fame, at such a young age. And today, as she quit the industry, I have no choice but to respect her decision. Wish her luck,” Faesal said in a tweet.

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Journalist and writer Rana Ayyub also supported her choices of quitting the glamour world. She wrote, “She was criticised when she joined Bollywood and now when she has quit. Can we leave the girl alone. Her agency, her choices. Hope you find your peace.”

In a detailed post on her Facebook page, the 18-year-old the Kashmiri girl cited religious reasons for her decision to say goodbye to her career in Bollywood.

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“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’ (a Muslim’s steadfast path in Allah’s devotion). While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my Imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened.”


Zaira rose to fame with her debut film Dangal where she played the onscreen daughter of Aamir Khan. 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 Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink that also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.

With IANS inputs

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