Shaista Lodhi is Pakistan’s acclaimed morning show host. She has garnered much public appreciation and respect. A few days back, she quietly bids farewell to the showbiz industry without informing anybody.
Recently, she appeared on a talk show “Rewind with Samina Peerzada” where she discussed in length the reasons for quitting showbiz and media. She shared some useful thoughts on her life-changing experiences.
While sharing her experience of doing morning shows, she opened up in these words,
“I was doing it for so long, I felt that somehow, somewhere I have lost my own self. There were so much glitz and glamour, and such a pace on everything that even in my normal routine I found myself always in a haste, always restless.”
Back in 2014, she has stopped dealing with the morning shows. She decided to resume her medical studies in order to pursue her profession. She shared,
“Then there came a point I realized, I cannot do this anymore. I realized if I continue to be in this field I’ll be left all alone in the end. It’s all temporary, superficial.”
She also discussed the inner peace she felt after leaving the showbiz industry.
“Now if you look at it in financial terms, it’s a loss. But the inner peace that I have found after leaving showbiz, I think it’s too big of a gain to think of any financial loss.”
She recalled the time when she used to miss the most precious moments and time of her life along with her children. She regrets the fact that why she was running after the materialistic pursuits and refused to enjoy the true blisses and true pleasure that one may feel with his family.
“I had to think of how I’ll send my kids to school, how to give them a better life. At that point, sticking to the job only made sense to me, or so I explain myself now.”
She lamented over the fact that she could have used her morning show platform for better purposes instead of just running after ratings and popularity. She could have used it for public welfare and to create awareness among the people.
“Thoughts would come on how I can use this morning show platform to educate people, do better content, but then the editorial pressure or the pressure of bringing ratings to retain the job would get the better of me.”
She also announced her current profession as a cosmetic doctor and that she is contented and living a happy life. She said that her mother wanted her to become a doctor and now she thanked her for choosing the right decision for her.
“I don’t want to be a doctor, my mother forced me into MBBS. I fought with her for a long time but now when I come back from the clinic and even though I am tired, I thank her, she made the right decision by giving me an alternate path in life.”
This was all that she explained to her fans and the reasons for leaving the showbiz.