Srinagar/Jammu: Zaira Wasim, the Kashmiri teen who shot to fame for her stellar role in Aamir Khan's blockbuster "Dangal", was on Monday unwittingly caught up incontroversy over her meeting with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the backdrop of the unrest in the Valley.
The 16-year-old Zaira first posted an apology for "offending"and "unintentionally hurting" people after her meeting with Mehbooba kicked up a row and trolled online but later deletedthe post.
She then posted again, this time asking everyone not to blow the issue out of proportion but deleted this post too.
Zaira, who played the younger version of wrestler Geeta Phogat in "Dangal", took to Facebook and tendered an apology apparently over her meeting with the chief minister on Saturday that drew sharp reactions from the youth in the Valley because of the situation there during the last few months.
She also played down her performance in "Dangal", sayingshe was "not proud of" what she is doing.
"This is an open confession/apology. I know that manypeople have been offended and displeased by my recent actions or by the people I have recently met," the actress wrote onher Facebook page.
Zaira said she wanted to apologise to "all those peoplewho I have unintentionally hurt and I want them to know that Iunderstand their sentiments behind it especially consideringthat what had happened over the past six months" apparently referring to the unrest in the Valley which left 86 people dead and thousands injured.
"But I hope people can also understand there are certain circumstances that emerge which one cannot control and I hopepeople still remember that I'm a just a 16 year old girl and Ihope you treat me accordingly. I'm sorry for what I did but i was not a deliberate decision and I really hope people can forgive me," she said.
Zaira also played down her projection as a role model for he youth of Kashmir, saying she does not want anyone tofollow in her footsteps.
"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.
Zaira later removed her first post and came up with a new one, where she claimed that she has "not been forced intoanything by anyone". She, however, deleted that too aftersometime.
"Regarding my lst post, I have no idea why this has become such a big issues. I just wanted to make sure that Idid not hurt anyone's feelings and all of a sudden it has beenturned into national news. Again and again I am telling people that I have not been forced into anything by anyone," she had said in the second post. (PTI)