Zaira Wasim: Social Media Reacts to Dangal Actress Quitting Bollywood

Zaira Wasim: Social Media Reacts to Dangal Actress Quitting Bollywood

Zaira Wasim has announced in a social media post that she will be quitting the Bollywood industry, citing religious reasons for her decision. The news has received an explosive response from social media, ranging from critical to supportive. Check out some of them below
Zaira Wasim: Social Media Reacts to Dangal Actress Quitting Bollywood
Zaira Wasim

Earlier today, Zaira Wasim announced that she will be leaving the Bollywood industry after almost 5 years of being in films. In an open letter that she posted across her official social media profiles, Zaira confessed that she had not been truly happy in her line of work and that she felt that being in the industry served as a threat to her sense of imam, in other words, her religious beliefs.

The Dangal actress’ confession has understandably created a ton of buzz across social media. As of her post being published, ‘Zaira Wasim’ and ‘Dangal’ are currently among the top 10 Twitter trends in India. Her decision has been met with a lot of opinions online as the controversy has hit the news cycle:

There were plenty of responses that were positive of Zaira's choice, supporting that it was her decision at the end of the day.

Well-known celebrity photographer Viral Bhayani publicly reacted to Zaira's exit on his Instagram page with a post of the actress and an accompanying caption. Viral stated that he would miss her but also wished her all the best for the future.

Writer and human rights activist Taslima Nasreen labelled Zaira quitting the industry due to religious reasons as a "moronic decision."

While others reacted negatively, with some referring to Zaira's stream of success and that it was a shame she would no longer be appearing in films. Since the actress also cited religious reasons for her decision to quit, there were many references to it too.

In response to Zaira’s decision, there were also many Islamophobic tweets after her decision that emerged on social media.

However, users also called for allowing opinions to flow and give room for debate.

Zaira shot straight to fame with her debut in the Aamir Khan-starrer and biopic Dangal, which ended up becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Her role as a young Geeta Phogat, a prolific wrestler who was the first female Indian wrestler to qualify for the Olympic Summer Games, was widely praised. Zaira continued to achieve yet another hit when she bagged the starring role in the film Secret Superstar, also featuring Aamir Khan in a supporting role. Her performance in the film, which saw her as a young Muslim girl with a passion for music and singing but struggling with an abusive father, received several film award nominations.

The actress was expected to hit big once again when her upcoming film The Sky Is Pink, also starring Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar, hit theaters later this October. The biopic will see Zaira portraying real life Indian author and motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary, who was born with an immune deficiency disorder and had pulmonary fibrosis until her death in 2015. Now that Zaira has taken an exit from Bollywood, this will qualify as her final film.

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