16-year-old Kashmiri actress — Zaira Wasim — has the entire nation talking about her after her commendable performance as the young Geeta Phogat in ‘Dangal’.
The Srinagar-based girl who had a pleasant chat with the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehboob Mufti, on Saturday, ended up being trolled on social media when their photos from the meeting were circulated widely.
‘Dangal’ girl Zaira Wasim shares a shocking open letter with fans https://t.co/IZn5gEJcq7 via @TOIEntertain pic.twitter.com/gVjUmxP5Fu
— Times of India (@timesofindia) January 16, 2017
On Monday, Wasim took to Facebook and Twitter and posted an apologetic note for hurting the sentiments of fellow Kashmiris. She apologised for meeting Mufti amidst the chaos in Kashmir.
In her note, she wrote (it was later deleted):
“I know that many people have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met. I want to apologise to all those people who I’ve unintentionally hurt and want them to know that I understand their sentiments, especially considering what has happened (in Kashmir) over the past six months.”
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“(However) I hope people can also understand there are certain circumstances that emerge which one cannot control. I hope people still remember that I’m a just a 16-year-old girl and treat me accordingly. I’m sorry for what I did, but it was not a deliberate decision and I really hope people can forgive me.”
‘I hope people still remember that I’m a just a 16-year-old girl and treat me accordingly’
Wasim also added that being considered as a role model for Kashmiris, she believes that meeting with Mufti was not acceptable. “I am being projected as a role model for Kashmiri youth. I want to make it very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my footsteps or even consider me a role model. I’m not proud of what I’m doing and I want everyone, especially the youth, to know that there are real role models out there — whether they be in this time or in our history.”
‘I want to make it very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my foot steps or even consider me a role model’
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During her meet with Mufti, the young actress opened up about many concerning issues, including the importance of educating the girl child and women’s safety in the state. Certainly few online extremists didn’t take her actions quiet softly and according to reports, a few accusatory comments prompted her to post the apology.
#StandWithZaira — Javed Akhtar tweets about Zaira Wasim's meeting with J&K CM that triggered a backlash pic.twitter.com/8WywBdxEDk
— Vishal Kumar Gupta (@vishalkumarg87) January 16, 2017
@zairawasim All the actors are busy with their Filmfares.. No one cares for #ZairaWasim who is being threatened in her own place..
— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVSham) January 16, 2017
Shocking open letter by #Dangal actress @zairawasim apologizing for her work. Was she harassed and threatened by the extremists in #Kashmir? pic.twitter.com/8vqXnNeK2Z
— नाzir (@nazirology) January 16, 2017
We find it very strange of why a 16-year-old had to apologise for meeting the chief minister of her home state? And, why can’t social media, for once, stop behaving like inhumans? After all, she’s just a young girl – a girl who is just being introduced to fame. It is indecent to put her in such awkward position.
My apology not forced, please don't blow this out of proportion: Zaira Wasim https://t.co/tBa48c9yJj pic.twitter.com/5KOav5LUoH
— Google Times (@TimesGoogle) January 16, 2017
She has already been cast in Aamir Khan‘s next production, Secret Superstar.
@TimesGoogle why Muslims and radicals of Kashmir forced to Zaira Wasim for apology to not to follow her for acting a encouraging to girls
— Dinesh Chandra (@dinchandra1) January 16, 2017
@zairawasim Love & support to you bachcha.Keep your head down, work hard and don't let those haters bother you. You will shine like a star!
— Parshu Narayanan (@Parsheau) January 16, 2017
Zaira, after deleting this post, shared another post rectifying that she was not forced to post the letter and it was a simple gesture to let others know that her actions meant no harm to others’ sentiments.
After this FB post by #ZairaWasim things are clear. There has been some confusion. Live and let live. God bless all. pic.twitter.com/jVBQk18EH8
— Mubassir Latifi مبصر (@Mubassir_Latifi) January 16, 2017
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