Zaira Wasim, who shot to fame with her character of Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster, Dangal, has issued a public apology and no one quite knows why she took this extraordinary step.
She posted a detailed apology on all her social media pages even though it was removed from her Facebook page little later.
Her apology read, “This is an open confession/apology. I know that many people have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met.
I want to apologise to all those people who I’ve unintentionally hurt and I want them to know that I understand their sentiments behind it especially considering that what had happened over the past 6 months but I hope people can also understand there are certain circumstances that emerge which one cannot control and I hope people still 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.
There are few more things which are very important and I want to clear them as well. The first and foremost thing is that I am being projected as a role model for Kashmiri Youth. I want to make it very clear that I do not want anyone to follow in my footsteps or even consider me as a role model. I’m not proud of what I’m doing and I want everyone, especially the Youth to know that there are real role models out there whether they be in this time or in our history.
To even consider me as a role model would be disgracing them and their disgrace would be OUR DISGRACE! I do not wish to start an argument here, this was a just a mere confession from my end which I really wanted people to know. May Allah bless us and guide us.”
Zaira later posted a clarification on her Facebook page.
It read, “Regarding my last post, I have no idea why this has become such a big issue. I just wanted to make sure that I did not hurt anyone’s feelings and all of a sudden it has been turned into national news. Again and again I am telling people that I have not been forced into anything by anyone. This was post was not meant against anyone, just wanted to make sure that people were not hurt by what I was doing. From media to everyone else, please don’t blow this out of proportion. Neither was I forced nor am I against anyone. Hopefully this post just stops this once and for all.” (sic)
However, even the above post was later removed. Soon, her apology from instragram and Twitter (below) too disappeared.
While some felt that Zaira was forced to issue an apology because of the criticism she received after meeting Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, others suspected the action may have been taken due to threats from militants, who allegedly didn’t like her acting in Bollywood.