The media has been going overboard with Dangal actress Zaira Wasim calling it quits with Bollywood for good. From spreading rumors of terrorist threats to Zaira’s Facebook page being hacked to choking up her dream, even film veterans have given their two cents worth opinion, with yesteryear actress Raveena Tandon saying that Zaira was ‘ungrateful to the industry’ that gave her all.
From all the reports and prime time shows, what I could make out that they couldn’t grasp the fact that an 18-year-old left all the glamour and limelight for her faith (imaan) and Islam (religion). This fact has been a bitter pill for millions out there to swallow. The media has only highlighted Muslim women being forced to do purdah or enslaved to their husbands or terrorism, but no reports that it frees a women from having to show skin or living a life free from the troubles and messes of the world, that is a simple life.
In a now viral Facebook post over the week, Zaira, while acknowledging the love and support she has received from her colleagues and fan, in a lengthy note has tried to explain her struggles with her spirituality and inner battle not to lose her true self to temporary name and fame. “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. While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened,” she said. “It was always so easy to sucumb to the environment that damaged my peace, imaan and my relationship with God. 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 worldy desires.”
Zaira, whose movie The Sky is Pink is to hit cinemas soon, has now joined the growing list of celebrities who gave up the world of glamour to live a peaceful live away from the limelight.