‘WON’T MOVE TO MUM­BAI’

Dan­gal girl Zaira Wasim says she can’t imag­ine leav­ing her home in Kash­mir

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She made quite an im­pact on the au­di­ence and crit­ics with her per­for­mance in last year’s block­buster, Dan­gal. And now, ac­tor Zaira Wasim will be seen in Se­cret Su­pert­sar, along­side Aamir Khan, again. How­ever, the 16-year-old is clear that she does not want to shift to Mum­bai, as most young ac­tors from other parts of the coun­try do, to pur­sue a ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood. “I don’t think I can ever think of leav­ing my home­town; it is a very scary thought for me. I don’t think I will ever be able to comtem­plate mov­ing out of Kash­mir. I don’t mind trav­el­ling back and forth (for work),” Zaira says.

In Se­cret Su­per­star she’s the pro­tag­o­nist. Ask her if that makes her the hero of the film, and she says, “I be­lieve I am not the ac­tual hero of the film, it is the mother (of the pro­tag­o­nist; played by Me­her Vij). How­ever, as an ac­tor, there is al­ways pres­sure to dive into the char­ac­ter and to do jus­tice to the char­ac­ter.”

And how has her equa­tion been with Aamir? “I am very for­tu­nate that I got to work with him twice. All of us girls from Dan­gal are so close to him. Now it has reached a point where he is just one call away. If you feel the need to speak to him, he takes out time for you. He is def­i­nitely more than a men­tor for us,” she says.

De­spite hav­ing Aamir as her men­tor, Zaira is an out­sider in Bol­ly­wood. How­ever, she says she’s com­fort­able in the in­dus­try now. “There was a per­cep­tion be­fore step­ping into the in­dus­try that ac­tors have the most lux­u­ri­ous life, but now I un­der­stand how much hard­work and ded­i­ca­tion goes into it. I like it here, and feel com­fort­able,” she says.

I don’t think I can ever think of leav­ing my home­town; it is a scary thought ZAIRA WASIM, AC­TOR

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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