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Raveena Tandon on Zaira Wasim: Wish they keep regressive views to themselves

Raveena Tandon has criticised Zaira Wasim's decision to quit the film industry. Wasim had on Sunday announced that since her vocation was coming in the way of her religion and faith.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2019 6:58:29 pm
Raveena Tandon has slammed Zaira Wasim. (Photo: Raveena Tandon/Instagram)

Raveena Tandon has slammed Zaira Wasim’s decision to quit the film industry. Wasim had on Sunday announced that since her vocation was coming in the way of her religion and faith, she has opted for “disassociation with this field.”

“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,” Wasim wrote.

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She added, “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.”

Criticising Zaira Wasim’s move, Raveena Tandon posted on Twitter, “Doesn’t matter if two film olds are ungrateful to the industry that have given them all. Just wish they’d exit gracefully and keep their regressive views to themselves .”

In another tweet, she wrote, “I standby and love my industry,all the opportunities it gives to everyone. Exit is your choice,reason,by all means.Just do not demean it for everyone else.The industry where all work shoulder to shoulder,no differences,caste,religion or where you come from. #Respect #indianfilms.”

Suggesting that Zaira Wasim was forced to quit films, Anupam Kher said, “I think it is a tragedy that a girl like her had to take a decision like that. I do respect her sentiments and her individual choice but as a person, I feel sad that she had to take such a decision. On one side, we are talking about women empowerment but on the other, that is not the case. Personally, I think she should not have done that but she is an independent girl and our country gives everybody a fundamental right to choose what they want to choose but the fact that she has gone all out to say that I am doing it for religion or something like that, its a certain amount of tilt which has gone into it. But yes, I felt sad about it. I felt somewhere she had to take that decision, it is not hers.”

Wishing Zaira only the best for her future, Siddharth tweeted, “It’s your life. Do whatever you want. Wish you only the best for your future. I believe our art and our profession is our life. We fight to keep religion out of it. It doesn’t belong here. If your religion made you do this, maybe you didn’t belong here after all. “Godspeed”.”

Zaira Wasim is known for starring in Dangal and Secret Superstar. She has finished shooting for The Sky is Pink, a Shonali Bose directorial that also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.

The film is scheduled for release on October 11, 2019.

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