It is a happy day for 17-year-old Kashmiri actor Zaira Wasim who rose to fame with the portrayal of wrestler Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal. President Ram Nath Kovind presented her the National Child Award 2017 on Tuesday (Nov 15) for exceptional achievement.
Wasim, who is from Srinagar, told TOI, “The award has encouraged me a lot. It is a matter of pride for me and all the Kashmiri young artists and younger generation.”
The ceremony took place at Rashtrapati Bhawan where the President felicitated 14 other young achievers as well.
“Through her art, Zaira has propagated the message of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao very strongly. She has been successful in conveying a powerful message of transcending social barriers and achieving one’s dreams and thereby has served as a source of inspiration for many young girls, who are aspiring to make their mark in the world,” said a release by the women and child development ministry. Wasim had also bagged the National Film Award earlier this year.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “By awarding kids, we recognise and encourage their talent and potential for nation building.”
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Zaira Wasim was last seen in the movie ‘Secret Superstar’ that revolves around the dreams of a Muslim girl belonging to a conservative family. Her performance in the movie has been much appreciated.
Born on 23 October, 2000, Zaira Wasim has taken admission in a Jammu’s Heritage School in Class 11th. She has joined the Humanitarian stream to study subjects like History, Psychology, Economics and English.
The child prodigy has definitely made the country proud with her stellar acting skills. She is sensitizing the masses by propagating some powerful messages through her work.
More power to her!