The 18-year-old actress from India rose to fame in 2016 with her film Dangal for which she earned National Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In a lengthy Facebook post the teen star said, “This journey has been exhausting, to battle my soul for so long.”
Zaira Wasim added that she is not happy with her stardom identity and for a long time she has struggled to become someone else.
The girl from Indian-administered Kashmir said she feels not belonging to the glamor world even though it brought a lot of love and support to her.
She further said that it led her to a path of ignorance and silently she was transitioned out of imaan (faith).
Zaira Wasim said, “While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened.”
Bollywood and fellow actress Raveena Tandon said it does not matter if her two films are ungrateful to the industry and she would exit gracefully.
Tandon later tweeted a suggestion for Zaira saying the exit is completely her choice and she should not reason it as irrespective of caste and religion the people in film industry work shoulder to shoulder.