Zaira Wasim poses for photographers at an event. File
A new poster and a group photo of the upcoming Priyanka Chopra-starrer, "The Sky Is Pink," is being attacked by netizens because it features actor Zaira Wasim.
The young Kashmiri actor has drawn ire of movie buffs for announcing a while back that she was quitting films owing to her religious beliefs.
Priyanka had tweeted a photo of the cast, including Zaira, at a beach, in the wake of promoting the film ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Sept.13.
However, social media is not very amused. They feel it's all a publicty stunt on Zaira's part, to first announce her retirement from films citing religion, and then coming up to promote a new film.
One Twitter user wrote: "Here #ZairaWasim is on tour promoting her next film. Last I heard she left Bollywood because her faith doesn't allow." Another user demanded a boycott on "The Sky Is Pink": "Let's respect the wishes of #ZairaWasim who regrets her professional choices and don't want to do that anymore to be honest to her faith. Let's not watch #TheSkyIsPink and show solidarity with her choices in life."
One went on to call her "nautanki" and wrote: "#zairawasim religion lover. She's already left Bollywood we know that but she is still in this upcoming movie's poster. Gajab ki drame baaz hai yaar." Some feel that the temptation is "just too strong for this kid. Bollywood is something that she could not resist".
Another called her a "hypocrite" for sporting beach wear and wrote: "Publicity stunt karne k liye Islam k naam kharab karne ki zarurat thi. Abhi aadhe nange kapdo me ghum rahi ho. #ZairaWasim #Hypocrite."
Another wondered if it was all a PR stunt. "I thought #ZairaWasim left Bollywood because her faith was getting affected. Was that just a PR stunt?"
Indo-Asian News Service
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut talks about Zaira Wasim`s decision to stop acting and says religion is not to disempower.
"I am shadow banned cos chacha @jack and his promoters of free speech @Twitter team is scared of me, they can't suspend me but they can't even let me keep exposing them every day, I am not here to catch followers or promote myself I am here for the nation and that hurts them."
The image currently has 6.2K Retweets and 19.9K Likes. However, there was severe backlash, too. As soon as the image was uploaded on the micro-blogging website, a section of social media started trolling Kashyap.
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