Ren­dezvous With Se­cret Su­per­star THE Zaira Wasim

Mak­ing the world go gaga over her spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mances in block­busters like Dan­gal and Se­cretSu­per­star, ZAIRA WASIM in con­ver­sa­tion with Riya Lakhmani, gives a glimpse of her tryst with cinema, life and…! Read on…

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Dressed in a grey flo­ral shirt and or­ange palaz­zos paired with blue stilet­toes, Zaira Wasim looked su­per el­e­gant at her birth­day party. Af­ter the as­tound­ing suc­cess of Se­cret Su­per­star, this new­bie cel­e­brated her 17th birth­day and the suc­cess of her re­cent re­lease, with the me­dia along with the di­rec­tor of the film Ad­vait Chan­dan with a lot of pomp and show. Af­ter watch­ing her last two movies, I had a per­cep­tion that she would be some­body bold, out­spo­ken and ma­ture, but to my sur­prise Zaira Wasim was quite down to earth, witty and very com­fort­able with her own self. Ex­cerpts Of Our In­ter­view...

Was act­ing some­thing on your agenda al­ways?

No! Act­ing never crossed my mind. If you talk about, how I started act­ing then I can tell you it started in school. I par­tic­i­pated in a play, and my prin­ci­pal fig­ured that this girl can act. And, for­tu­nately the cast­ing di­rec­tor Mukesh Chabra hap­pened to be in Kash­mir at that point of time, he was look­ing for a few Kash­miri ac­tors for his film. He hap­pened to visit our school and my prin­ci­pal gave him my name, and I went to his of­fice. He called me to shoot an ad so I shot two ads and then I got Dan­gal. I gave an au­di­tion but I didn’t know whether I would be se­lected. I be­lieve a lot in destiny and maybe it was destiny’s call that I would be­come an ac­tor!

How dif­fer­ent is Aamir Khan in Dan­gal and Se­cretSu­per­star? There is a lot of dif­fer­ence in both of Aamir sir’s char­ac­ters, Ma­havir Phogat and Shakti Ku­mar. Both of them are ex­treme char­ac­ters. One big dif­fer­ence which we all saw ac­tu­ally was the size poora ulta tha. Dan­gal mein jaisa dekha

tha, he lost so much of weight for Se­cret Su­per­star. I was shocked when I saw him in the char­ac­ter of Shakti Ku­mar, he was hit­ting on ev­ery woman, wear­ing weird clothes. As an ac­tor, it was a big jump ac­tu­ally. I didn’t know how to re­act to it, also it was so funny even in the se­ri­ous scenes when he would say ‘ what’. I have given so many re­takes, meri hansi band nahi ho rahi thi. His pas­sion is high level, he takes things ten steps higher. Mata ki den hai (Laughs). I would re­ally love to work with Aamir sir and Ad­vait again, it‘s like a dream team and I feel so bad this jour­ney has come to an end.

How do you re­late to your char­ac­ters Babita and In­siya ?

I don’t re­late to any of my char­ac­ters, I don’t know how to act ac­tu­ally but Ad­vait says, Isko act­ing nahi ati, but cam­era on hote hi iske an­dar bhi kuch on ho jata hai and she gets into the skin of the char­ac­ter. Yes, that’s why I keep say­ing these films came to me as an emo­tional chal­lenge be­cause there was no rel­e­vant emo­tion to con­nect to and it wasn’t even re­motely con­nected to my per­sonal life. I did not have any­thing to look up to. But my mom told me, tu waise hai jaise film mein hai. I don’t pick up any­thing un­til and un­less I am con­vinced about it, that’s why I don’t sing be­cause I know this is some­thing I am not good at. But, I learned to play the gui­tar for this film. How is Zaira Wasim as a per­son? I am a very shy per­son, I don’t open up with peo­ple very eas­ily and that’s why I keep crack­ing lame jokes to make my­self com­fort­able, I know my jokes are not funny, in fact they are very an­noy­ing but still I crack them. Is she a rebel like her char­ac­ter? No I am not! The last time I fought with my parents was over my brown kit­ten. I didn’t tell them I was get­ting her and then I got her home, meri maa mu­jhe ghar se nikalne wali thi. But I am ter­ri­ble at ex­plain­ing my­self, I just like to hang around with my cats. In fact I am ob­sessed with my cat. So what next? Even af­ter two block­busters, I am not sure if I re­ally want to con­tinue to be an ac­tor. But I be­lieve in destiny. We keep ques­tion­ing our work. kuch bhi kar lo you will never reach a point where you are sat­is­fied. So I am just go­ing with the flow and now I dwell on the fact that I don’t have to run to things, things are com­ing to me… Ku­dos to this spunky girl!

I was shocked when I saw Aamir sir in the char­ac­ter of Shakti Ku­mar, he was hit­ting on ev­ery woman and wear­ing weird clothes.”

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