A student of Heritage School Jammu, the youngster juggles her career and her studies like an all-rounder
The lead of “Secret Superstar,” Zaira Wasim, recently celebrated her 17th birthday, which was hosted by the film’s director, Advait Chandan.
During a media interaction, the young star talked about how she becomes motivated seeing Aamir Khan’s passion for work, and that she is a firm believer of destiny.
A student of Heritage School Jammu, the youngster juggles her career and her studies like an all-rounder.
“I’m fortunate to have supportive parents, friends and workmates. My school principal and chairman are extremely encouraging and cooperative. Education is my priority too, so I want to do both simultaneously,” she said.
When she is not at school or in front of the camera, the self-confessed cat addict likes to chill with her kitties in her room.
She added: “I’m so obsessed with cats that it’s almost crazy at times!”
During her birthday celebration, the director described her as a “very shy and private person.” “But when she is in front of the camera she is ‘switched-on,’ she is a natural, she doesn’t know how to act, she actually emotes and says her lines with conviction,” he added.
Coming back to Zaria, who is already a National Film Award-winning artist, is currently spending a good time after the release of “Secret Superstar,” after going through a tough time, as she was the target of vicious trolls on social media.
Not only was Zaira abused for having met J & K CM Mehbooba Mufti, but she was also attacked by extremists for choosing to act.
“To be honest, initially it bothered me a lot — my film had not even released and I was quite scared. But then I realized that people are going to have all sorts of opinions about my work or me as a person and that not all opinions define my reality.
“None of us should give so much importance to trolling — it gives more power to them,” she said.
Despite all that’s often spoken about her hometown Kashmir, Zaira said: “You should just come there and enjoy it!”