Dangal actor Zaira Wasim, who played young Geeta Phogat in the film, recently took to Facebook to apologize to the people she’s “unintentionally hurt.” Though the 16-year-old doesn’t clarify exactly what she is sorry for, she does say that people should not follow in her footsteps. She was recently trolled online after meeting Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti.
“This is an open confession/apology. I realize that many people have been offended and disappointed by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met.
I want to apologise to all those people who I’ve unintentionally hurt and I want them to know that I understand their sentiments behind it especially considering that what had happened over the past 6 months but I hope people can also understand there are certain circumstances that emerge which one cannot control and I hope people still 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.
There are few more things which are very important and I want to clear them too. The first and foremost thing is that 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 foot steps or even consider me 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.
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To even consider me as a role model would be disgracing them and their disgrace would be OUR DISGRACE! I do not wish to begin an argument here, this was a just a mere confession from my end which I really wanted people to know. May Allah bless us and guide us.
However, an hour or so after she posted this on Facebook, she deleted it and posted this:
“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 was 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.”
Many B-town celebs have come out in support of ‘Dangal’ girl Zaira Wasim, latest victim of social media trolls, including veteran actor Anupam Kher who has stressed on the fact that she is his role model.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 16, 2017
Those who shout AZADI from the roof tops don't give an iota of AZADI to others .Poor Zaira Waseem had to apologies for her success Shame !!
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 16, 2017
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 17, 2017
Olympian wrestler Geeta Phogat, during an interview with ANI, also came out in support of Zaira, asserting that the Kashmiri starlet must learn to ignore those trying to bring her down and continue to remain focused in her work.
— geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) January 16, 2017
— Ritu Phogat (@PhogatRitu) January 16, 2017
#ZairaWasim u dont need 2 apologise 2 faceless losers. They r narrow minded cowards. U ARE a role model for ALL young girls & u shud b proud
— Swara Bhaskar (@ReallySwara) January 16, 2017
At the moment, there’s no clarity on what she might be referring to. We’ll update the story as it unfolds.
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