Anupam Kher on Zaira Wasim quitting films: I felt she had to take that decision. It was not her decision

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It’s been more than 24 hours since Zaira Wasim announced her decision to quit films. The 18-year-old actress of Dangal fame sent shockwaves in the film industry with her long post, wherein she revealed that her profession was threatening her relationship with her religion. Zaira’s decision to ‘disassociate’ herself from the field of acting has left Bollywood divided. If Raveena Tandon slammed the actress for her decision, Tanushree Dutta supported Zaira for quitting films and called it her choice. Now, Anupam Kher has called Zaira’s decision to quit films a ‘tragedy’.

During a media interaction in New Delhi, Anupam Kher was asked about Zaira Wasim’s decision to quit films. To which, the 64-year-old actor replied, “I think it’s a tragedy that a 16-17-year-old girl has to take a decision like that. I do respect her sentiments, I do respect that it’s her individual choice. But as a person, I feel sad that she had to take a decision like this about her flourishing career.”

Anupam Kher said that though everyone has a fundamental right to choose what they want, he personally thinks that Zaira shouldn’t have taken this decision.

“On the one hand, we talk about women empowerment and on the other hand, we say that it’s not like that. Personally, I feel she should not have done that. But she is an independent girl and our country gives everybody the fundamental right to choose what they want to choose,” added the Baby actor.

He also hinted that he feels that the decision is not purely hers. “But the fact that she has gone all out to sort of say that I am doing it for religion or something like that… a certain amount of tilt has gone into it. She is most welcome to take her decision. I felt sad when I read that. I felt that somewhere, she had to take that decision. It is not her decision,” said Anupam Kher.

Zaira wrote a long post on social media saying that she had completed five years in the profession but she revealed that she is not truly happy with her “line of work”. The Secret Superstar actress wrote that her profession interfered with her religion, and went on to clarify that the post was written by her and not anyone else.

Source: India Today

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