‘Dangal’ director Nitesh Tiwari and ‘The Sky Is Pink’ team react to Zaira Wasim quitting Bollywood
Zaira Wasim played the role of young Babita Phogat, a wrestler from Haryana, in her debut film ‘Dangal’. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film starred Aamir Khan as Zaira’s father. The biographical sports drama went on to earn praises from the audience and the critics alike. It also set the cash registers ringing. Zaira later went on to work with Aamir again in ‘Secret Superstar’.
Yesterday, much to everyone’s surprise, Zaira announced that she is quitting her acting career as it is a place where she doesn’t belong and is unable to have peace of mind. She even cited that her work is interfering with her faith and she is choosing the latter.
Zaira will be next seen in Shonali Bose‘s ‘The Sky Is Pink’. In the film, she will be sharing screen space with Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar. Just months away from its release, Zaira has bid adieu to the film industry. Reacting on Zaira’s decision to quit films, the team of ‘The Sky Is Pink’ issued a statement which read, “Zaira is an exceptional artiste and we are lucky to have had her play Aisha Chaudhury in our film. She has been a complete professional all through the shoot. This is a purely personal decision, which she has taken after much thought and we will support her in every way, now and always.”
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My Baby Zai – the youngest member of the Chaudhary family with the toughest role of being in an inspiring dead girl’s shoes…..But you did it with utmost ease and poise. I connected at a deep level with you right from the beginning when I rushed to Srinagar on reading your courageous tweet about your depression and anxiety. We did that wonderful dance meditation and I convinced you it would all be ok and we could do this together. And we did. You did. On top of it all you were my brightest ray of sunshine on set. I felt so happy whenever you were on set. You confronted your own fears of water and dogs. You surpassed your own brilliant self in this film. And on the last day you killed it while we almost killed you shooting from 11am – 330am! I’ll be forever grateful my little rockstar for our journey together. #zairawasim #risingstar #theskyispink #directorlove
‘Dangal’ director Nitesh Tiwari too expressed his shock over her decision. Tiwari told Mid-Day, “I read about it in this afternoon, and it came as a shock to me. This was unexpected, but at the end of the day, it is her life and she has the right to lead it the way she deems fit. She was chosen for reasons best known to all of us. There’s a sense of loss because Zaira is an extremely talented actress.”
Here’s Zaira’s post announcing her retirement:
He went on to add that post the release of ‘Dangal’, they had lost touch. Talking about the reasons which Zaira cited for leaving films, Tiwari said, “Her reasons are best known to her. She must have thought about it and taken the step. None of us has the right to pass judgment on what she has decided.”
Zaira’s decision has led to a rise of debate among the people. Some are supporting her decision because at the end of the day, it’s her life. There are others who are questioning the (religious) reasons which she gave for quitting films.
We wonder what Aamir Khan has to say about Zaira’s decision now.