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Twitterati Erupt as Indian Actress Zaira Quits Bollywood for Islam

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The teenage actress who has delivered blockbusters like ‘Dangal’ and ‘Secret Superstar’ has decided to quit Bollywood, saying it is ‘interfering with her religion’. The national award winner stated that despite her fame and success, she was unhappy with the line of work.

New Delhi (Sputnik): The announcement by Indian film actress Zaira Wasim that she had decided to quit the movies for religious reasons, has created a row on social media.

On Sunday Zaira took to Instagram to share a six-page letter, where she said “Bollywood took me away from Islam” and cited interference in her religious practices as the reason for her decision.

The ‘Dangal’ star who hails from a Kashmiri family, further stated that when she tried to adjust to her new lifestyle, she realised that her career had negatively affected her relationship to religion.


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Zaira, the national award-winner, however, wasn’t appreciated for her decision by many, with a section of women's rights activists calling it “regressive”.

Some from Bollywood including yesteryears’ heartthrob Raveena Tandon too took to Twitter to slam the actress.

However, the Twitterati’s opinion on the topic seemed severely polarised.

Many, including the former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir state Omar Abdullah, backed the actress stating that her personal decision and privacy should be respected.

The Indian film industry is not new to participation by actors and actresses from the Muslim community.

Among few notable actresses of Muslim faith are Waheeda Rehman, Mumtaz, Madhubala, and Tabu. These actresses have not only had great careers in the film industry but have won numerous awards at national and international forums.

 Zaira became a household name in the Kashmir valley with her movie ‘Dangal’ starring Aamir Khan, also a Muslim actor. The latest movie that Zaira starred in, titled 'The Sky is Pink' is set to be released soon. 


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