She was subject to vicious trolling after her meeting with Mehbooba Mufti.

 Leave her alone shes just 16 Aamir Khan speaks up for Dangal co-star Zaira Wasim
news Controversy Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 13:42

A day after Zaira Wasim, a Kashmiri actor who recently starred in the super hit Dangal, put up a post on Facebook apologising for meeting J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti- and later deleted it- co-star Aamir Khan took to social media to voice his support for her. 

In his note, Khan said, "I have read Zaira's statement, and I can understand and imagine what led her to make that statement. Zaira, I want you to know that we are all with you. The beauty is that bright, young, talented, hardworking, respectful, caring, and courageous kids like you are a role model for kids not only in India, but across the world. You certainly are a role model for me! May god bless you. Love. Aamir. P.S.: I appeal to everyone to now leave her alone and respect the fact that she is just a 16 yr (sic) old trying her best to deal with life."

On Monday, Zaira published a post to apologise for hurting the sentiments of fellow Kashmiris. She had been subjected to vicious trolling after her meeting with Mehbooba Mufti.

Without saying what she was sorry for, the actor wrote in her "open confession/apology" that she does not want anyone to follow her footsteps or even consider her as 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."

Hinting that the apology may have to do with her recent meeting with the CM, the post stated: "I know many people have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or people I have recently met... I understand the sentiments behind it especially considering what had happened over the past 6 months."

Later, however, Zaira deleted the apology and posted a clarification- but this, too, the actor took down later.

The now-deleted clarification read, "Regarding my last post, I have no idea why this has become such a big issue. I just wanted to make sure that I did not hurt anyone's feelings and all of a sudden it has been turned into national news. Again and again I am telling people that I have not been forced into anything by anyone.

"This post was not meant against anyone, just wanted to make sure that people were not hurt by what I was doing. From media to everyone else, please don't blow this out of proportion. Neither was I forced nor am I against anyone. Hopefully this post just stops this once and for all."

Zaira also found support from several quarters, including from artistes and even politicians. 

She rose to fame as young Geeta Phogat in Dangal which has been lauded by the audiences for its powerful portrayal of the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who, much to the disapproval of his wife and his whole village, trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to wrestle.

(IANS inputs)

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