Was Dangal’s Zaira Wasim Forced to Downplay Her Fame?

“A lot of people consider me their role model now, but I think I’m not an inspiration to them,” says Zaira Wasim.

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Actress Zaira Wasim, who played the younger Geeta Phogat in the recent blockbuster Dangal, had penned a rather mysterious open letter on her Instagram account on Monday afternoon. The young 16-year-old shot to fame for her part in the Aamir Khan film, and was also recently invited to meet the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehboob Mufti along with her family.

Zaira’s open letter delivered an apology after stating that “...many people have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met.”

She went on to say, “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 as a role model. Im not proud of what I am doing but I want everyone, especially the Youth to know that there are real role models out there...”

Zaira surprisingly also wrote, “To even consider me as a role model would be disgracing them and their disgrace would be our disgrace!”

So is Zaira Wasim downplaying her ‘Dangal’ fame under pressure? Has Zaira’s ‘humility’ been forced by fundamentalists? Read the full story here.

Video Editor: Mohd Irshad Alam

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