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…
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.”