A glam­orous role? De­pends on the script, says Zaira

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She is just 17 but has al­ready been part of two big films — Dan­gal (her de­but film; 2016) and Se­cret Su­per­star. But ask Zaira Wasim how does she go about choos­ing her projects? “When a script is nar­rated to me — and since I be­lieve that my imag­i­na­tion is very broad — I can im­me­di­ately de­cide whether I want to be a part of the film or not. It should hit the nail on its head,” she says.

The young ac­tor adds that when she is hear­ing a script, she needs to imag­ine her­self in the par­tic­u­lar world that the story is set in. “If I am able to draw all the ex­pres­sions of me be­ing there, I in­stantly say yes. In fact, it clearly shows on my face (smiles). Sim­i­larly, if I am not in­ter­ested, I can’t take up a film. For me, it’s all about an in­stant re­ac­tion [to the con­tent],” says Zaira, adding that she doesn’t know how her ca­reer path will turn out to be in the fu­ture.

Till now, Zaira has only played the girl-next-door in both her films. If of­fered, would she be game to take up glam­orous parts and play a stereo­typ­i­cal Bol­ly­wood hero­ine too? “Like my process of pick­ing up act­ing projects, it all again comes back to whether I find it in­ter­est­ing enough or not. Whether I take a role up or not de­pends on how ex­cit­ing it seems to me.”

Ac­cord­ing to Zaira, the film’s script “has to be good”. She says: “It doesn’t mat­ter whether it is a glam role or not. I think I will prob­a­bly not be okay with it. But let the fu­ture de­cide. I hon­estly feel it’s not the right time to think whether I would do a par­tic­u­lar kind of cin­ema or wouldn’t as­so­ci­ate my­self with some­thing. Right now, I don’t want a cer­tain kind of im­pres­sion go­ing out that I am not okay with a cer­tain kind of role. I can al­ways de­cide that in the fu­ture.”

In both her films, Zaira has starred along­side Aamir Khan, who also pro­duced both the projects.

Zaira Wasim

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