‘Dangal’ star Zaira Wasim, who played the role of Geeta Phogat in the Aamir Khan-starrer film, has tendered an apology after she was trolled online for meeting Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti as well as for starring in the film.The young actor took to her Twitter and Facebook account, to pen her apology, but it seemed as if Zaira had been hounded and forced to write the apology. The letter went thus: “This is an open confession/apology. I know that many people have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met.”
With the situation in Jammu and Kashmir sensitive after the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Zaira was targeted by trolls for meeting a leader who maintained obscurity in her condemnation of militants in the state.
Not only was the 16-year-old condemned for meeting the CM, she was also threatened by online users for being vocal about her thoughts. Some even asked her why she went
and met Mufti when she could’ve met the many victims of the inner turmoil being witnessed in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
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However, just a little over an hour later, she took down the post and posted a fresh status update in which she said that her previous post was being blown out of proportion.
“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,” she wrote. She said that her previous post was “not meant against anyone” and she “just wanted to make sure that people were not hurt by what I was doing.”
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She then deleted that post shortly afterwards. Zaira will be next seen in ‘Secret Superstar’ which also stars Aamir Khan in a special role.
“I am being projected as a role model for Kashmiri Youth. I want to make it clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my foot steps or even consider me as their role model,” said the 16-year-old actress who had a casual meeting with the J&K CM.
Condemning her own actions and giving in to the uproar instigated by few users online, the actress said that she was just a 16-year-old kid and that people should treat her likewise.
Jammu and Kashmir is in a sensitive state after the Uri attack and surgical strikes deteriorated the political climate in the region.