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Zaira Wasim doesn’t like being called ‘role model’ and ‘inspirational’


Two Times National Award winner actress Zaira Wasim wants people to choose their own path than considering her as their role model.

“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?,” Zaira said in an interview.

“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,” she added.

Controversy followed the actress after her meeting with the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. The actress was disturbed about media propagating it out of proportion.

“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,” she said.

After debuting in Aamir Khan’s Dangal, Zaira Wasim is gearing up for her next release Secret Superstar. Zaira followed Advait Chandan’s instructions and her own experience to prepare for the role.

“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 said.

“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,” she added.

Zaira further spoke about the rumours of her leaving Kashmir to settle down in Mumbai. She said, “I have serious doubts about leaving Kashmir. I wonder if I will ever be able to (leave). The concept of stability is very important for me. If you’re sad, you would know where to go. But if I move to Mumbai, I wouldn’t know anything, +anyone. Even if I do, it’s a very difficult thought for me to leave Kashmir. I don’t think I’ll ever be able.”

Written and directed by Advait Chandan, Secret Superstar is slated to release on October 19.