Prior to the release of Secret Superstar, let’s take a look at the potential Zaira Wasim has displayed in a short span of time.
Zaira Wasim’s performance in Dangal is well beyond her years. From the small grumpy child who beats up boys to an obedient young girl who professionally wrestles with them – her unprecedented performance earned her the National Film Award For Best Supporting Actress. And although we haven’t seen much of her since, she already seems to have a promising road ahead. Recognizing her true talent and potential, mentor Aamir Khan has taken her under his wing yet again and cast her in Secret Superstar. Here she essays the role of an aspiring singer sans the support of her father. And judging by the cover, she seems to have confidently and convincingly gotten into the skin of the character.
Coming back to Dangal, Zaira’s performance was understandably overshadowed by Fatima Sana Shaikh’s subsequent (standout) performance as the adult Geeta Phogat. People tend to remember what they’ve seen last. It is just human nature. But make no mistake, Zaira Wasim absolutely stood out in her own right through the entire first half. She delivered a knockout punch.
In real life, Zaira seems shy yet grounded. More importantly, she seems to have the right aptitude and mindset. Given her quickly found success, we hope that doesn’t change. Bollywood could use a sincere future talent without all the airs and ‘starry’ness attached to it. As for now, her acting speaks for itself and is an absolute delight to watch.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped