Zaira is 20 and has retired from Bollywood
7 Oct – Two years after announcing her departure from showbiz, former Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim is back on Instagram with a new photo of herself.
The 20 year-old former actress, who became famous for her roles in Aamir Khan's movies, "Dangal" and "Secret Superstar", posted a photo of herself in a hijab for the first time with her back towards the camera, writing, "The warm October sun."
The said post has now gained more than 100,000 likes.
It is noted that Zaira seldom posts on her Instagram and even when she does, would only post book quotes and words of wisdoms.
Back in 2019, Zaira surprised many fans when she posted that she does not belong in the Bollywood circle and was not truly happy with her line of work.
The former actress made the decision to leave showbiz as it did not align with her religious beliefs
Zaira was 15 when she made her film debut in the hit "Dangal" (2016)
"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," Zaira said in the lengthy post.
"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' (faith). While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my 'imaan', my relationship with my religion was threatened," she said.
Then in November 2020, Zaira made a request for fans to take down her pictures from social media as she tries to start a new chapter in her life.
Cinema Online, 07 October 2021