Raveena Tandon Slams Zaira Wasim, Says ‘Wish They’d Exit Gracefully & Keep Their Regressive Views to Themselves’


MUMBAI: Actress Raveena Tandon Sunday took an indirect jibe at Zaira Wasim after the latter announced her “disassociation” from the field of acting because it “consistently interfered with my imaan”.

Without directly naming Zaira in her tweet, Raveena said, “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.”

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Raveena later clarified that she understood quitting Bollywood was Zaira’s personal choice but she should not be “demeaning” the Indian film industry for everyone else.

Raveen 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.” (sic)

In a surprising move, the National Award-winning actress Zaira on Sunday said that she was not happy with the line of work citing that it interfered with her faith and religion. In a detailed post on her Facebook page, which she later shared across all social media platforms, the Kashmiri-born star said she realised “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. While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened,” she added.

Supporting her decision, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah had tweeted, “Who are any of us to question @ZairaWasimmm’s choices? It’s her life to do with as she pleases. All I will do is wish her well & hope that what ever she does makes her happy.”

Zaira has faced backlash from Muslim hardliners all through her five-year-old career. Even before her first film released, she was criticised for working in films and was later slammed for meeting the then Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.