I speak my mind if need be, says Zaira Wasim

Mumbai, Oct 30: Up-and-coming actor Zaira Wasim says she is an introvert, but will not shy away from speaking her mind if the need arises.
The 17-year-old actor says she won’t raise her voice time and again, but will not be afraid to do so when push comes to shove.
In an interview, Zaira said, “I am an introvert. I don’t speak openly or give my opinions. But if I feel there is a need to speak or take a stand, I do it. Otherwise, I am not an opinionated person.”
Her recent release “Secret Superstar”, featuring Aamir Khan, is garnering a positive response from the audience and that is what matters to her.
“I don’t understand box office numbers, all I know is we are getting good reviews. A great story defines the success of a film. We knew it has a wonderful story, but we did not expect this kind of overwhelming response to it.”
“Some people have liked the mother-daughter relationship while others liked the domestic violence part and strength of women.”
Advait Chandan-directed film is Zaira’s second film after last year’s release “Dangal” and the actor says she is open to doing all types of films, albeit they are content driven.
“I am not being able to register my method (in acting) or what I want to do in terms of roles and films. I am yet to explore myself as an actor.”
“I will be interested in doing an entertainer, provided the story is good and I am convinced about it. My strength for acting is my conviction for it.” Zaira says, since “Dangal” days, her home state of J&K has been proud of her work and she is happy that “Secret Superstar” has also been well-received.
“I am from Kashmir but after “Dangal” was released, I went to Jammu and we had kept a screening of the film for some people and they loved the film and my character, it was emotionally steering. It (the working environment) is easy. They take so much pride in my work.”
The actor says she would be happy if more people from her state followed her into the film industry, but she does not want to be a role model for anyone. “It is their (audience) wish if they want to get in, it is their choice. I don’t want people to look up to me and say that she has gone so even I want to go. It should be their individual choice.”
Zaira says she considers Aamir as her friend, who is just a phone call away. — PTIScreenshot_2017-10-30-10-27-43-398

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