She’s 16, talented, newly famous. And unfortunately, facing vile abuse on social media.
Zaira Wasim, the young actor who dazzled audiences with her flawless debut in Dangal — India’s highest-grossing film ever — posted an inexplicable “confession/apology” on Facebook last night.
And then, she deleted it in no time.
Not before screenshots had been taken though.
Her note reeks of fear and coercion. And sadly, submission too. She says she is “sorry for what I did” and wants to “make it very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my foot steps or even consider me as a role model.”
What has she “done”? No one knows. Yet.
But there’s enough conjecture.
Going by the comments surfacing on social media, she’s either being bullied for meeting Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister (CM) Mehbooba Mufti or being criticized for her supposedly “un-Islamic” act of joining films.
Scores of abusive comments have flooded her Facebook page.
However, there’s a silver lining. Almost.
The hate comments have been outnumbered by the empathetic ones. All sections of Indian society from politicians and media-persons to film personalities and sportsmen, and of course, the masses have come out in loud support of the Kashmiri actor.
Noted among them is a comment from former Jammu & Kashmir CM and Mufti’s political rival, Omar Abdullah.