Zaira Wasim made a grand Bollywood debut in Aamir Khan’s commercially successful and critically acclaimed ‘Dangal’. She was hugely applauded for her extraordinary performance in the movie and even went on to win the National Award for it at the tender age of 16. While she is surely an inspiration to many young girls out there, she doesn’t believe she is someone to look up to. "I want to tell people, don't look up to me. I don't have that responsibility on me right now. I am not telling you or asking you to do it. Please don't do it in my name, follow yourself, build your path, create it, invent it. Why do you want to do something which someone else is already doing?"
She added, “I don't like it when people come and tell me 'you are an inspiration, a role model'. I am not brave enough to take the blame of your actions. I have seen a lot of girls wanting to be like me, but I'd say instead of following my path, build your own. I cannot comprehend the fact that someone can dedicate their aspirations, ideas and dreams to a person's life which they don't even know about.”
Zaira was in the eye of a controversy after she met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Addressing the subject, she asserted, “I was very upset about how the media blew it out of proportion. The way the media represented it, it was nowhere close to what it actually was. I was very upset about that fact. I was disturbed by how it was blown out of proportion and misunderstood, but it was a phase of course and now it has passed.”
Talking about her character in her upcoming movie ‘Secret Superstar’, she said, “I could not personally connect with the character. I come from a very supportive and encouraging family. In this case, it's absolutely opposite where the father is very hostile, rude and patriarchal.”
She went on to say, “I am a very bad actor. I can't pretend and act. So, I would fetch one event or an experience which is remotely connected to the situation on screen. I would look for the closest emotion. If I couldn't find, then I would build an emotion."
Written and directed by Advait Chandan, ‘Secret Superstar’ chronicles the story of a child who aspires to be a singer and is scheduled to release on October 19.