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It’s a shame Dangal actress Zaira Wasim had to apologise: Md Kaif slams haters

Zaira Wasim has received support from cricket stars Gautam Gambhir and Mohammad Kaif. The teenaged actress was trolled for meeting Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Zaira Wasim played wrestler Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan-starrer movie Dangal

other sports Updated: Jan 18, 2017 15:49 IST
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Actress Sakshi Tanwar along with Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar at the special screening of film Dangal in Mumbai . (PTI)

Gautam Gambhir is angry and it’s not because of any on-field incident. The Indian cricket team star is disgusted at the way trolls forced 16-year-old actor Zaira Wasim to apologise for meeting Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. Mohammad Kaif, former India star, has also padded up for the embattled Dangal star.

Zaira Wasim played the role of a young Geeta Phogat in the Aamir Khan-starrer movie ‘Dangal’ – which is a biopic on her wrestling coach and father Mahavir Singh Phogat. Geeta Phogat is the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold at a Commonwealth Games.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti with Zaira Wasim, the girl from the state who played the role of wrestler Geeta Phogat in 'Dangal', at Raj Bhavan in Jammu on Saturday. ( PTI )

I hope people remember that I’m a just a 16-year-old girl and I hope you treat me accordingly. I’m sorry for what I did but it was not a deliberate decision and I really hope people can forgive me,” Zaira wrote in her apology.

Kaif feels the apology was not needed. “What wrong did she (Zaira Wasim) do?” Kaif asked on social media.

Angry Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir, who was part of the Indian cricket team in the recent Test series against England, said he was ‘ashamed’ that Zaira had to apologise. He added that the whole ‘episode smells of sexual (sic) bias’ and that her critics were insecure.

“Calling @zairawasim “unislamic” for acting in Dangal or meeting @MehboobaMufti is naked suppression. Ashamed dat she had 2 apologise. To me whole @zairawasim episode smells of sexual bias. Can someone say d same thing 2 @aamir_khan @BeingSalmanKhan @iamsrk?,” Gambhir fumed on Twitter.

“Men will be men. Insecure 2 see a girl like @zairawasim get wings. Sadly we think “Maahri Choriyan AAJ B Choron se kum hain.” @aamir_khan.”

Zaira has received support from Geeta Phogat too, who said she will stand by her.

First Published: Jan 17, 2017 13:50 IST