Veteran actress Nafisa Ali, a cancer survivor recently garnered attention as she trended all over social media for her powerful Instagram posts. Known for films like Junoon, Major Saab and Guzaarish, Nafisa Ali uploaded an Instagram post seeking work which stated that she wants an ‘elegant role to portray in Indian cinema’ and that she ‘will not be dictated’ to do otherwise.
It seems like Nafisa Ali was inspired by Neena Gupta after she too asked for work in 2017.
In another of her powerful posts she talked about how she ‘felt’ for Zaira Wasim and that the latter’s decision reminded her of her younger self.
In an interview with Zoom TV, Nafisa said, “I was just remembering myself at that stage of my life. When I was young and film Junoon was made, it was such a huge success and I had so many offers. I remember I had no family support, I was alone in Bombay trying to find work,” the 62-year-old actress said. “My father told me girls in our family don’t work in cinema. I gave in to that pressure,” she added.
On Zaira Wasim’s decision
Zaira Wasim made headlines when she shared a heartfelt letter explaining her decision to quit Bollywood. While many rejected her decision for choosing religion over career, others acknowledged and welcomed her decision.
The latest celebrity to speak on the controversy was Nafisa Ali as she took to Instagram to announce that she was cancer free. Nafisa said, “I saw myself when I was 20 and I just felt for her (Zaira). I thought let me put this message out that work is something which is your choice, it is your freedom and your independent right. There are many pressures young people are surrounded by, but if you have a choice, make sure you think and make the right choice.”
“Because I always look back and say why did I give in, why did I listen to my father, I should have listened to myself,” Nafisa, who made her comeback in Amitabh Bachchan’s Major Saab after 18 years, said.
In her latest Instagram post, Nafisa also urged people to stop targeting young women in the country.
She wrote, “May God give each of us the strength to follow our dreams. Stop targeting young women in India…[stop] religious intolerance…[stop] dictating to Indians. India is unique and we must protect our secular fabric. Stop this divide and rule. Focus on a better world.”
Nafisa Ali was last seen in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 in 2018. After that she didn’t appear on the big screen as she was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer last year. However, now she says she is willing to read scripts after her recovery.
Snigdha Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv