Shonali Bose says she is unable to contact Zaira Wasim in Jammu & Kashmir: 'Can't reach my baby right now'
Shonali Bose has directed Zaira Wasim in The Sky is Pink, a biographical account of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary.
Following the revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A in Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August, there has an unprecedented lock-down in the state amid security crises.
As all lines of communication, including the internet have been shut down in the state, many including The Sky is Pink director Shonali Bose have been unable to contact those in the region. Shonali recently took to Instagram and shared that she was worried about National Award winning actress Zaira Wasim and her family, adding that the government has "crossed every line with it's draconian measures. (sic)"
"I’m besides myself with worry at not being able to reach her. To give her strength at this difficult time. To wish them Eid Mubarak. I’m sure they couldn’t celebrate it. We parted with the promise to stay in touch every day. Echoing a promise she and her brother make to each other in the film in a brilliantly acted and moving scene. But I can’t reach my baby right now," she wrote.
Read Shonali's full post here.
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#NotmyIndia. It has been two weeks since the unprecedented communication blockade of Jammu and Kashmir. My heart is heavy as the sky is dark over India’s democracy right now. My heart has always ached for the terrible human rights violations in the Valley - right from the times of the Congress government in the 90’s. The disappearances and killing of innocent youth is not new. Nor is the opening of fire on demonstrations. But this government has crossed every line with it’s draconian measures. I want to ask every Indian - every Bengali, Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Tamilian et al - how would you feel if your State was split overnight and converted into a Union Territory? Leave Article 370 aside for a moment and answer that honestly. For me the shock and anger at this unconstitutional act is laced with sorrow at how our own people must be feeling in this part of our country. Feelings we can only imagine - as there is still a blackout! On a personal level I have never known anyone before in the State. But now I have a child there. Zaira Wasim - the heart and soul of The Sky is Pink. I have known her and her family over one year - spent marvelous times with them in both Srinagar and Jammu. I was with them in Jammu just a day before this happened. Zaira was very worried that something terrible was afoot because of the sudden influx of massive troops. I reassured her not dreaming something so draconian and unprecedented could be carried out. And since then I’m besides myself with worry at not being able to reach her. To give her strength at this difficult time. To wish them Eid Mubarak. I’m sure they couldn’t celebrate it. We parted with the promise to stay in touch every day. Echoing a promise she and her brother make to each other in the film in a brilliantly acted and moving scene. But I can’t reach my baby right now. #NotmyIndia
Zaira had recently announced her decision to quit acting, saying she was not happy with the line of work as 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 Dangal fame star said she realised "though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here".
The Sky is Pink will be her last project, which is biographical account of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 13. The film also stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.
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