We were clear, we won’t cheat: Aamir Khan

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Dan­gal (2016) ac­tor Zaira Wasim, who played the young ver­sion of wrestler Geeta Phogat in the block­buster film, has learnt to do two new things for her sec­ond film, Se­cret Su­per­star.

For Dan­gal, which got her a Na­tional Film Award, Zaira mas­tered wrestling moves for two years. For Se­cret Su­per­star, the teenage ac­tor has slipped into the char­ac­ter of a Bar­oda-based young­ster, In­sia, who dreams of be­com­ing a singer de­spite stiff op­po­si­tion from her con­ser­va­tive fa­ther.

Ac­tor Aamir Khan, who is pro­duc­ing the film (and who played her fa­ther, Ma­havir Phogat in Dan­gal), was clear that they wouldn’t cheat at all. So Zaira had to learn to play the gui­tar and be con­vinc­ing as a singer. For an en­tire year, Zaira had to learn these arts.

Only af­ter her au­di­tion did she get the nod from Aamir. Zaira, 16, says, “I had to make sure it didn’t look like I was act­ing. There are times you might miss a beat or two. En­sur­ing that I don’t miss it was dif­fi­cult.” Was it eas­ier than learn­ing to wres­tle? “Both are equally dif­fi­cult. I was scared when I first learnt how to wres­tle. It wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out my coach Kripa sir (Kripa Shankar Bish­noi),” she says.

Aamir Khan says, “We were clear from be­gin­ning that we won’t cheat in the film. In­sia is a singer and Zaira had to play the char­ac­ter cor­rectly. I’m so im­pressed with her per­for­mance. As an ac­tor, when­ever we play a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, we of­ten try to play it ac­cu­rately. [Zaira] has gone a step fur­ther; she has spent a lot of time with [singer] Meghna Mishra, be­cause she wanted to un­der­stand how to sing.”

Aamir Khan (in­set) is pro­duc­ing Se­cret Su­per­star, which stars Zaira Wasim

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