'Dangal' fame Zaira Wasim says goodbye to Bollywood over 'damaged peace, imaan’

Zaira Wasim, the Kashmiri girl who became famous overnight after her superb debut in Aamir Khan's Bollywood blockbuster "Dangal" on Sunday said she has decided to say goodbye to her film career as "relationship with my religion threatened".
‘Dangal’ fame Zaira Wasim says goodbye to Bollywood over 'damaged peace, imaan’‘Dangal’ fame Zaira Wasim says goodbye to Bollywood over 'damaged peace, imaan’
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In a detailed post on her Facebook page the 18-year-old cited religious reasons for her decision to quit her promising career in Bollywood.


"Five years ago I made a decision that changed my life forever. As I stepped my foot in Bollywood, it opened doors of massive popularity for me. 


"I started to become the prime candidate of public attention, I was projected as the gospel of the idea of success and was often identified as a role model for the youth.


"However, that's never something that I set out to do or become, especially with regards to my ideas of success and failure, which I had just started to explore and understand.


"As I complete 5 years today, I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this identity, that is, my line of work. 


"For a very long time now it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else. 


"As I had just started to explore and make sense of the things to which I dedicated my time, efforts and emotions and tried to grab hold of a new lifestyle -- it was only for me to realise that though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here.


"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.


"As I continued to ignorantly pass through while I kept trying to convince myself that what I was doing is okay and isn't really affecting me, I lost all the 'barakat' (fulfilment bestowed upon a devout Muslim by Allah) from my life. 


"Barakat is word whose meaning isn't just confined to happiness, quantity or blessing, it also focuses on the idea of stability, which is something I struggled with extensively.


"I was constantly battling with my soul to reconcile my thoughts and instincts to fix a static picture of my Imaan and I failed miserably, not just once, but a hundred times. No matter how hard I tried to wrestle to firm my decision, I ended up being the same person with a motive that one day I will change and I will change soon."


"I kept procrastinating by tricking and deluding my conscience into the idea that I know what I am doing doesn't feel right but assumed that I will put an end to this whenever the time feels right and I continued to put myself in a vulnerable position where it was always so easy to succumb to the environment that damaged my peace, imaan and my relationship with Allah," said the actress who also starred in "Secret Superstar".


"I continued to observe things and twist my perceptions as I wanted them to be, without really understanding that the key is to see them as they are. I kept trying to escape but somehow I always ended up hitting a dead end, in an endless loop with a missing element that kept torturing me with a longing I was neither able to make sense of nor satisfy.


"Until I decided to confront my weakness and began to strive and correct my lack of knowledge and understanding by attaching my heart with the words of Allah. In the great and divine wisdom of the Quran, I found sufficiency and peace.


"Indeed the hearts find peace when it acquires the knowledge of its Creator, His Attributes, His Mercy and His commandments.


"I began to heavily rely upon Allah's mercy for my help and guidance instead of valuing my own believability. I discovered my lack of knowledge of the basic fundamentals of my religion and how my inability to reinforce a change earlier was a result of confusing my heart's contentment and well being with strengthening and satisfying my own (shallow and worldly) desires."

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What is so inherently great(or feminist) about pursuing any career(much less bollywood) for money and fame and why is it superior to following your religion. The idea that having a career and success as measured by the world is the true sigh of greatness is itself patriarchal(men have spread all this bullshit to make themselves look superior). We are all going to die in the end so its best to do what gives us peace. Both paths are choices and neither is particularly empowering.

She started her career as 13 years old. All this limelight got her overwhelmed and she got into depression. Its a good decission for her. ❤

So those crabs got to her and managed to pull her back...good on that entire community...now they’ll successfully bask in darkness congratulations

You have made a right decision at the right time. May God bless you!
This line of work is immoral and sucks one in completely.

Aww man, sounds like an impetuous decision by a moody teenager, I feel she will regret her decision someday and will be embarassed of having released lengthy letter on this. There's too many religious trolls commenting on muslim bollywood celebs on social media, i hope they didn't get to her :( .

She needs urgent psychological analysis...she’s totally manipulated...that essay is total bs

The level of brainwashing in this religion is smtg else...what a useless lecture...if you wanna leave, just go...there’s no need to whine about it...and use religion as a bait...smh these women really bring it to themselves

When Zaria leaves today her hot seat will be taken by another talented artist tomorrow.

Zaria is just an actress, she is not a Rocket scientist, nor a unique Brain Surgeon. Her giving up acting is not a great loss to the society, so what is the big hoo ha of coming up on social media to proclaim her decision.
After all Zaria is not giving up all her worldly pleasure to become a sage, so chill young lady and do what ever you would like to do quietly.

I respect her decision and it's good that she wants to maintain a closer bond to god which everyone should, but what's the point of coming in the film industry in the first place if she's leaving after 2 films. Those films could have been given to another actress and made her career. She should just take a few years off, concentrate on her studies, spend time with family, religion etc and then come back.

so good decision

She has lost it completely, religion is making people sick.. I really hope this is a good decision for her and she will get a good education and start a different career and not just sit and do nothing but follow BS religion..

She'll be back again in the limelight after sm yrs. Those who genuinely feel to do a 'tyaag' of worldly pleasures they never reveal it publicly .

What non sense!

Showbiz can be overwhelming.
She's young and probably couldn't handle all the pressures of this business. Theres a lotod back stabbing, alcohol, double faced people out there. And sometimes money and fame are not the key for a successful life. It's her decision. She's entitled to her opinion. If this path doesn't make her happy so let it be. May Allah bless her and hope she finds her peace by staying closer to Allah. ❤️

So so proud of you my dear! You realized in the nick of time! May you always follow the true and right path

If Islam is against a career like acting why oh why the Muslim countries like Iran and Pakistan making so many fantastic successful films with Muslim women.
Don’t they remain happy and dignified and as well making a mark of themselves in the society!

It's her personal choice. Leave her alone.

This religion can take you back to the caves

If you know, you know. This is ISLAM. Like it or not. She’s so young and has got it!! She gets it. Such an intelligent and blessed young lady she is. This is strength.

extremists overflowing on pinvilla smh

WTF. You don't want to act, fine. Say bye and move on. Why all this rubbish statement.

Exactly, what is the BS, do whatever your want no one cares here.

Why is she mad? It takes courage to make a decision like this. Fame and money didn’t make her happy. May Allah bless her and give her peace. Salute to you girl and May you finally find happiness.

Typical teenager.. Been there done that

Someone like Katrina should learn from her

She is right to make her own choice..i felt like my barakat will be lost if i attend my 10th standard exams and i didn't go. I am. Blessed

I hope she never signs an ad, movie, short movie, tv serials, special appearances, digital platforms...I support her in her "awakening," I just hope everyone else is paying attention and also support her by not offering her anything in the above platforms.

Who are we to criticize her, she should do whatever she wants and what makes her happy. Maybe she doesn't enjoy this career any longer.

Gosh the ignorance

Koi Cousin se 18 saal mein shaafi kar liya kya?

What has religion got to do with movie career? She wasn't happy and therefore leaving made perfect sense why ruin it by bringing in religion? What is this hogwash about religion anyway where people are killing each other in the name of it. Why not make humanity a religion god damn it.. Shameful..

You sound an ignorant person.

And you sound uneducated.

Wahou congratulation Zaira, may Allah grant you his infinite blessing, I hope that one day allah will also help me to make the same choice as you.

she has mental health issues.

She is mad and narrow minded

I fully support this sensible girl. Show biz is a gamble . Instead of waiting for the right role , making it big in the next hit etc., she should focus on studies and get a stable job . Atta gal .

She is totally confused. She is neither the first Muslim girl to act in movies nor the last one. This girl surely needs urgent Psychological counselling. She could have given family / personal reasons and quit. There was no need for a verbose statement. Feel sorry for you, poor retarded girl.

This !!

People should be ashamed for criticizing her decision when they are clearly ignorant. Zahira should do what makes her happy. She is not here to please the fans.

She made the right call. Congrats.

I have a feeling that this young woman is under a lot of influence and is being politically.

What about her movie coming out called the sky is pink' or something with Priyanka Chopra and Farhan akthar??

What is this this rubbish. Could not understand anything. Looks like a fool is trapped

Its her decision no need to criticize her


idk if god can recover her but a shrink sure can.

To each their own. She should do whatever makes her happy and gives her peace. Nothing matters more.

Very profound epiphany for a young woman. I hope this is not something she regrets later. The chance she got was once in a lifetime. There are young women out there who yearn for it. It’s a shame she couldn’t see this coming before but God has his time and his call.

What does she mean?

Brainwashed ..

She has gone bonkers. Needs help.

Okay, we want to know what does this article mean.

Another talent lost to the illusion of God

Religion has took over her career.

What does she want to say? She lost me....completely

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