Millions of Bollywood fans around the globe were dismayed on October 8 when they checked their social media handles. The news hit them like a bombshell - award-winning Bollywood star Sana Khan has quit the entertainment industry. Many could not believe that the actress of ‘Jai Ho’ fame with a host of television shows to her credit was bidding adieu to the stardust-strewn highway in search of a much loftier pursuit. What left movie buffs and fans flummoxed was Sana citing religious reasons for her exit from the world of glamour and fame.
Doubting Thomases soon scrambled to her Instagram page to cross-check if it was true, and little wonder there were more than 100,000 hits in a matter of hours. They knew what they heard was true as the former actress by then had removed all glamorous pictures from her page and uploaded new photographs in which she is seen in more conservative attire with a headscarf. She also explained in detail the reason for her decision to bid goodbye to stardom. Sana penned that she came to realise that she should not make wealth and fame her sole targets in life. Instead, serving mankind and following “the order of the Creator” would be her mandate, she said in her post.
“Isn’t it a part of his/ her duty to spend his/ her life in the service of those who are needy and helpless? Shouldn’t a person think that he/she could die at any moment? And what will happen to him after he/she is no more? I have been searching for answers to these two questions for a long period of time, especially the second question as to what will happen to me after my death?” the former Big Boss contestant said in her post. Sana said she actually took time to contemplate those questions and came to understand that “this life in the world is actually for the betterment of life-after-death” and that “it would be better if the slave lives according to the command of his Creator” instead of chasing money and popularity.
Explaining her reason for her inner transformation, Sana went on to take a resolution saying, “Therefore, I declare today that from today onwards, I have resolved to say goodbye to my showbiz lifestyle forever and serve humanity and follow the order of my Creator. All brothers and sisters are requested to pray for me to Allah to accept my repentance and grant me the true ability to live in accordance with my determination of spending my life following the commandments of my Creator and in the service of humanity, and grant me perseverance in it.” She signed off requesting her followers and fans not to question her any longer about the industry.
Bold foray into the path less trodden
Although many people around the world from various walks of life do get a calling and renounce everything to step into another path which is loftier and less-travelled, they are neither publicised nor do people give them a second thought. But when it comes to a celebrity, especially one who enjoys fame, money, oodles of glamour and glitz in the entertainment industry, people get a shock and take notice when they ditch all those mundane trappings and embark on a journey of a spiritual nature.
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