Mumbai: Zaira Wasim, the girl who played the role of a wrestler in Aamir Khan’s latest blockbuster, Dangal, has been facing a huge test at such a young age. The 16-year-old girl from Kashmir who met the chief minister of the strife-torn state of Jammu and Kashmir was condemned by separatists and other disgruntled elements from the state.
Many human rights activists and others have condemned the people who have trolled her on social media. Aamir Khan, whose film has made around Rs 400 crore thus far came in support of the 16-year old girl.
While condemning the attack against her, Aamir said in a Facebook post “I have read Zaira’s statement, and I can understand and imagine what lead her to make that statement. Zaira, I want you to know that we are all with you. The beauty is that bright, young, talented, hardworking, respectful, caring and courageous kids like you are a role model for kids not only in India, but across the world. You certainly are a role model for me! May god bless you. Love. Aamir”.
He went on to add, “I appeal to everyone to now leave her alone and respect the fact that she is just a 16 yr old girl trying her best to deal with life.”
Wrestler Geeta Phogat, whom Zaira played in Dangal, also defended teenage filmstar saying “She shouldn’t be scared as the nation is with her… There’s no need for Zaira to issue an apology. She has not done anything wrong. We have made the nation proud by winning medals. It is a proud moment for the citizens of the country. Zaira has worked hard to play my role”.
Meanwhile Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) also came out in support of Zaira Wasim. Wasim, who played the younger version of Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan’s Bollywood blockbuster “Dangal”, had yesterday apologised for “offending” and “unintentionally hurting” people after her meeting with Mufti on Saturday.
He went on to add, “Nobody should be pressurised into doing or not doing something, especially a 16-year-old girl. This is completely unwarranted and uncalled for. This pressure worked on her so much that she was forced to apologise for which there was no need at all”.
The firebrand Muslim leader from Hyderabad said, “At the same time, those people, who are showing sympathy for this little child should introspect where did their sympathy disappear when hundreds of such teenagers lost their eyesight or were partially blinded when they were attacked with pellet guns ? Why these double standards…This incident has shown clearly how unpopular the BJP-PDP government is in the Kashmir valley. People have no confidence left on this government”.