We were clear that we would not cheat: Aamir Khan

HT Cafe - - FRONT PAGE - Sneha Ma­hade­van sneha.ma­hade­van@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Dan­gal (2016) ac­tor Zaira Wasim who played the role of the young Geeta Phogat in the block­buster film, is all set to don a new hat for her sec­ond film, Se­cret Su­per­star. The-two-film-old-ac­tor has man­aged to ac­quire two huge skills through the jour­ney of th­ese films.

Her first film, Dan­gal won her the Na­tional Award, mak­ing her the youngest Na­tional Award re­cip­i­ent. For her de­but film, Zaira had worked on learn­ing wrestling for two years and now for Se­cret Su­per­star, she has slipped into the char­ac­ter of a Bar­oda-based young­ster called In­sia, who dreams of be­com­ing a singer de­spite stiff op­po­si­tion from her con­ser­va­tive fa­ther.

Ac­tor Aamir Khan who is pro­duc­ing the film, was clear that they won’t cheat at all. So Zaira had to learn to play the gui­tar and look con­vinc­ing as a singer as that was a con­di­tion he had put for her. For an en­tire year, Zaira had to learn how to play the gui­tar, and to per­fect the act of singing on screen. Only af­ter her au­di­tion, did she get the nod from Aamir, fol­low­ing which she started the shoot for the film.

The 16-year-old Zaira says, “I had to make sure it did not look like I was act­ing. There are times you might miss a beat or two. En­sur­ing that I don’t miss it was dif­fi­cult,” she says. But was it eas­ier than learn­ing to wres­tle? “Both are equally dif­fi­cult. I was scared when I first learnt how to wres­tle. I wasn’t sure I could pull it off — it would not have been pos­si­ble with­out my coach Kripa sir (Kripa Shankar Bish­noi).”

Aamir says, “We were clear from be­gin­ning that we won’t cheat in the film. In­sia, the char­ac­ter of Zaira is a singer and had to play the char­ac­ter cor­rectly. I am so im­pressed with her per­for­mance. As an ac­tor, when­ever we play a

I had to make sure it did not look like I was act­ing. There are times you might miss a beat or two.


mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, we of­ten try to play it ac­cu­rately. She (Zaira) has gone a step fur­ther and has spent a lot of time with Meghna Mishra (singer) be­cause she wanted to un­der­stand how to sing. They used to also re­hearse to­gether.”

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