'Why can't we let her be?'

Mumbai: Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha, whose latest film Article 15 is on caste discrimination, says people need to just let actor Zaira Wasim be if she has chosen to quit the film industry.

Zaira made an announcement of her "disassociation" with acting, saying: "While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my Imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened."

Sinha says it is her choice after all.

"Even I have Muslim friends who keep themselves away from clicking pictures because he says that that goes against Islam. I know young Hindu boys who one fine day decided to leave the materialistic world and go in search of God. It is their choice and there is no wrong in it," explained the filmmaker, who helmed Mulk, which delved upon religious discrimination.

"Yes, if she (Zaira) is forced by somebody to do so, then it is a different point of discussion. But I am not aware of that. So, I cannot comment on it," he further added.

Zaira received a lot of praise for her performance in the film Secret Superstar where she played the role of a burkha-clad Muslim singer, who becomes a YouTube sensation due to her beautiful voice.

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