Zaira Wasim, who played Aamir Khan’s on-screen daughter in Dangal, has won her first national award. She played the role of young Geeta Phogat, the Commonwealth Games’ gold medal-winning Indian wrestler. She completely nailed the performance and was appreciated for her strong portrayal by the viewers and critics alike.
At such a young age, she has been honoured with a National award under the category of Best Supporting Actress. She has released an official statement which reads, “I am extremely happy. I would like to thank the jury for conferring on me this honour.”
She added, “My heartfelt gratitude to my family for believing in me and to Aamir Sir and Nitish Sir for supporting me. It is very encouraging to receive an award of this stature in my debut film, the appreciation has only got me more excited to work harder.”
Zaira stirred a controversy when she met Jammu and Kashmir’s chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Post all the facade, she tweeted an apology, “I hope people remember that I’m a just a 16-year-old girl and I hope you 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’m not proud of what I’m doing and I want everyone, especially the youth to know that there are real role models.”
Well, we congratulate you on your big win, Zaira Wasim.