'Dangal' actor Zaira Wasim's decision to quit films, on grounds that her work interfered in her faith, has put her in the crosshairs of debate with celebrities, politicians and on social media platform.
In a detailed post on her Facebook page on Sunday, the 18-year-old Kashmiri-born actor said she had completed five years in the profession and wanted to confess that she was not "truly happy with this identity", that is her line of work.
Raveena Tandon also expressed her opinion on Twitter and criticised Wasim for sharing her regressive views. A netizen replied on her tweet and said: "Main cheez badi hoon mast mast was the most literal objectification of women in Bollywood. Is that regressive or progressive?'
To which Tandon tweeted: "Main cheez badi hoon mast mast !! proud to be MAST and badass always ! isn’t “mast” cool and “badass” damn cool??"
And later when someone yet again trolled her for the above tweet, she wrote: "Arey ji, “mast”bole to kuch mahila aur posh janta logon ko regressive lagta hai. English mien bole “wow she’s such a badass” toh bahut cool hota hai !"
Wasim said in her post, which she later shared on other social media platforms, that she felt like she had struggled to become someone else for a very long time.
"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' (faith). While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my 'imaan', my relationship with my religion was threatened," she said
(With inputs from PTI)
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