Zaira Wasim & Nusrat Jahan: One nation, one religion and two perspectives

By Safoora Nuzhath,

NEW DELHI: Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain and Zaira Wasim are the two young women from the same community and from the same entertainment fraternity but with starkly different personalities.

The two actresses revealed in the statements about their personal choices.

Jahan, the newly elected Trinamool MP from Basirhat, was criticised for her marriage with Kolkata-based entrepreneur Nikhil Jain has come out with her statement saying:

“I represent an inclusive India which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion. As much as I respect all religions, I still remain a Muslim and no one should comment on what I choose to wear. Faith is beyond attire and is more about believing and practicing the invaluable doctrines of all religions.”

While National Award-winning actor Zaira Wasim on Sunday penned a six-page heartfelt note announcing her “disassociation” from the field of acting, stating that it had threatened her relationship with Allah and her faith creating a quite the stir on social media.

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If the right-wingers can celebrate Nusrat Jahan for sporting sindoor and mangalsutra and also wearing a saree at her oath-taking ceremony in the Parliament then why the outrage over Kashmiri-born ‘Dangal’ fame star’s decision to bid adieu to Bollywood for religion?

BJP MP from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur hailed Jahan, welcoming her into “her community”. Debashree Chaudhuri, BJP MP from Raiganj on row over TMC lawmaker said, “It is the right of people to disclose his/her identity, religion as it is a constitutional right.

On the contrary, Shiv Sena spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi called out Zaira for portraying Islam as ‘intolerant.’

If Jahan was praised for her personal choice then why criticize Wasim’s decision?

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Although a few people respected Zaira’s decision and supported her for her choice there are many who called it regressive. If actors Nagma and Iqbal Khan welcomed her choice, then there is Raveena Tondon who criticised and also controversial writer like Taslima Nasreen called her choice ‘a moronic decision’.

The ‘Secret Superstar’ before quitting the entertainment industry has wrapped up the shooting of her upcoming film ‘The Sky Is Pink.’

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