Aamir Khan calls Zaira Wasim his role model, asks people to leave her alone

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New Delhi, July 1: Dangal’s star Aamir Khan has now come forward to give his take on the recent social media posts by actor Zaira Wasim who played the younger Geeta Phogat in his film.

Taking to both Facebook and Twitter, Aamir wrote, “I have read Zaira’s statement, and I can understand and imagine what lead 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 old girl trying her best to deal with life.” (sic)

Yesterday Dangal actor Zaira Wasim put up an apologetic post on both Facebook and Twitter wherein she asked to be forgiven for her “recent actions”, which included meeting Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Kashmiri-born Zaira’s post was presumably a response to online bullying from trolls who attacked her for meeting Mufti.

Her entire open apology letter goes as follows:

“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.

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 as well. 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.

To even consider me as a role model would be disgracing them and their disgrace would be OUR DISGRACE! I do not wish to start 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.”

Soon after, Zaira deleted her Facebook apology and put up a clarification and then, deleted that as well.

Here is the full text of Zaira’s clarification:

“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.” (sic)

Meanwhile, support poured in for Zaira from various quarters and soon enough, #Stand WithZaira began trending on Twitter.

( India Today )

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