A few weeks ago, the internet awakened to the shocking news of Dangal actress Zaira Wasim’s decision to leave Bollywood and her acting career behind. The young actress took to her social media account (Instagram) to announce that she is quitting Bollywood as she said that it impedes upon her religious sentiments. Soon after the announcement, Bollywood was up in a storm and was divided because while some celebs felt that Zaira is being regressive with her point of views, others supported her and stood up for her decision.
Zaira made her Bollywood debut with Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal and therefore, Nitesh was the most shocked after he heard of Zaira’s big decision and in a recent interview. The director stated that although he felt a sense of loss after Zaira quit Bollywood, at the end of the day, it is her life and she is entitled to her own choices and decisions. “I felt a sense of loss when I heard about her. I believe that she’s a terrific performer and it’s pretty evident in ‘Dangal’ and ‘Secret Superstar’. Also, I felt a little more than what others felt because it is not just a loss of talent for the industry, it is a loss for me as she debuted with my film,” shared Nitesh.
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Hearts filled with gratitude and joy! Proud to share the news of the world premiere of #TheSkyIsPink at the @tiff_net on September 13. Releasing in cinemas on October 11! @priyankachopra @zairawasim_ @rohitsaraf10 @shonalibose_ #RonnieScrewvala #SiddharthRoyKapur @rsvpmovies @roykapurfilms @purplepebblepictures #IvanhoePictures #TIFF19
Furthermore, Nitesh explained that Zaira is a mature person and everyone has to be mature enough to realize that everybody has the right to choose his or her life, and the way he or she wants to live. He elaborated and stated that in today’s time and age, nobody would want anybody to question their life choices, and so, no one should question Zaira’s life choices.
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My Baby Zai - the youngest member of the Chaudhary family with the toughest role of being in an inspiring dead girl’s shoes.....But you did it with utmost ease and poise. I connected at a deep level with you right from the beginning when I rushed to Srinagar on reading your courageous tweet about your depression and anxiety. We did that wonderful dance meditation and I convinced you it would all be ok and we could do this together. And we did. You did. On top of it all you were my brightest ray of sunshine on set. I felt so happy whenever you were on set. You confronted your own fears of water and dogs. You surpassed your own brilliant self in this film. And on the last day you killed it while we almost killed you shooting from 11am - 330am! I’ll be forever grateful my little rockstar for our journey together. #zairawasim #risingstar #theskyispink #directorlove
A few days back, the poster of Shonali Bose’s The Sky Is Pink was dropped online and unfortunately for fans, this will be Zaira’s last film. The Sky Is Pink stars superstar Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar in leading roles. The Sky is Pink is set to hit the screens in October 2019.