Zaira Wasim | Biography Birthday Family Struggles Net Worth Age
Zaira Wasim’s Biography
Zaira Wasim is an Indian former actress who appeared in Hindi films Wasim has received many honours, including a Filmfare Award and a National Film Award. In 2017, she was given the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (formerly known as the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement).
Wasim made her acting debut as young Geeta Phogat in the 2016 biographical sports film Dangal, which became the highest-grossing Indian movie with a worldwide take of more than 2,000 crores ($300 million). The musical drama Secret Superstar (2017), the highest-grossing Indian movie with a female lead, featured her as an aspiring singer.
Both were supported by Aamir Khan Productions, and she received many honours for them, including the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for the former and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for the latter. Her most recent film role was in The Sky Is Pink (2019), for which she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Zaira Wasim’s Age
Zaira Wasim was born on October 23, 2000, in Hawal, Downtown, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Zaira Wasim’s age is 23 years. Her Zodiac Sign is Scorpio.
Zaira Wasim’s Childhood
There is no information about Zaira Wasim’s childhood.
Zaira Wasim’s Education
Zaira Wasim completed her schooling at St. Paul's International Academy, located in Sonwar, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. Thereafter pursued and completed her 12th grade as a Humanities Student (Arts) at Jammu’s Heritage School, Jammu & Kashmir. Thereafter she continued to pursue her Degree in Science as a medical student.
Zaira Wasim’s Family
Zaira Wasim was born into a Kashmiri Muslim family. Zaira Wasim her father’s name is Zahid and her mother’s name is Zarqa Wasim. Her father works as an Executive Manager at J&K Bank in Srinagar and her mother works as a teacher.
Zaira Wasim’s Boyfriend
Zaira Wasim is single and is not dating anyone.
Zaira Wasim’s Struggles
Zaira Wasim confessed that she was suffering from depression and was on a verge of committing suicide. In her Instagram post, she wrote, that she was very upset and wanted to die but gradually she came closer to Allah by praying for myself and her mental health and I didn't know she became a stronger version of herself.
Zaira also took antidepressants and had anxiety but now she is recovering and is in a better place. Zaira quit her studies due to this recurring illness and totally changed as a person. She couldn’t figure things out or understand what she was going through nor did her family and friends.
Zaira used to suffer from panic attacks. In one of her instances, she recalled saying to her teacher that she wanted to go home as she was scared in her classroom. This was a very terrible experience for her as a child.
This experience was very heartbreaking for her to remember. Zaira grew up with this worst condition and got severe marks in high school which proved that she wasn’t lying.
Zaira Wasim Movie Career
Zaira Wasim’s Hindi Debut- Dangal (2016)
The 2016 Hindi biographical sports drama film Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, and Siddharth Roy Kapur and distributed by The Walt Disney Company India. Khan plays Mahavir Singh Phogat in the movie, a Bhawani amateur wrestler who trains his daughter Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari into India's first elite female wrestlers.
All of the actors, except Tanwar and Sahore, who are making their film debuts, play the adult versions of the two Phogat sisters, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar's younger selves, Sakshi Tanwar's role as their mother, and Aparshakti Khurana's adult version of their cousin, Ritvik Sahore.
When Tiwari started writing the script in early 2013, the movie's production got underway. Before Tiwari approached him with the idea months later, Khan had interviewed the Phogat sisters on his chat show Satyamev Jayate in 2014. Khan then served as both the lead actor and producer of the film. Principal photography began in neighbouring Punjab in September 2015 for the film. The editor was Ballu Saluja, while the cameraman was Satyajit Pande. Amitabh Bhattacharya wrote the lyrics for the film's soundtrack and background music, composed by Pritam.
Aamir Khan and the cast were coached for the wrestling scenes by Kripa Shankar Patel Bishnoi, a coach of the Indian women's wrestling team.
Dangal, which had its North American debut on December 21 and was then released internationally on December 23, earned favourable reviews from critics who praised Khan's performance and the movie's honest portrayal of a true story. Additionally, it was shown at the second BRICS festival in June 2017 and the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2017. Four honours were given to it at the 62nd Filmfare Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Khan), and Best Action (Shyam). Wasim won Best Supporting Actress at the 64th National Film Awards for her portrayal of Geeta's younger self.
Dangal was a commercial success, breaking multiple records at the box office, including the highest-grossing Indian film.
Secret Superstar (2017)
Secret Superstar the 2017 Hindi-language musical drama film, was written and directed by Advait Chandan and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. Raj Arjun, Meher Vij, Zaira Wasim, and Aamir Khan all appear in the movie. The movie chronicles the maturation of a young woman who wants to be a singer and posts videos of herself singing on YouTube while hiding her identity with a niqab. It also explores her relationships with her mother, father, and mentor.
In the movie, social themes including feminism, gender equality, and domestic abuse are discussed. The majority of critics gave the movie favourable reviews. The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement went to Wasim. Ten actors were nominated for the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Khan, Best Director for Chandan, Best Actress for Wasim, and Best Film for Secret Superstar.
It received three Filmfare Awards, including Best Playback Singer (Female) for Meghna Mishra, Best Supporting Actress (Critics) for Vij, and Best Actress (Critics) for Wasim.
With a worldwide gross of $965 crore ($154 million) on a modest budget of 15 crores (US$2.3 million), Secret Superstar became one of the most financially successful movies of all time.
The Sky is Pink (2019)
The Sky Is Pink is a 2019 Hindi-language biographical romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Shonali Bose. It was co-produced by Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Ronnie Screwvala, and Siddharth Roy Kapur under their respective production companies, Purple Pebble Pictures, RSVP Movies, and Roy Kapur Films.
Based on the true story of Aisha Chaudhary, who had severe combined immunodeficiency and pulmonary fibrosis, the movie stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim, and Rohit Suresh Saraf. It depicts how her parents, Aditi and Niren, deal with their marriage while caring for their daughter's illness.
Pritam created the soundtrack for the movie, and Gulzar provided the words to the songs. The movie examines issues like motherhood, grief, and the impact of losing a child on relationships, especially on the connection between the parents, as well as death and accepting it.
The movie had its global premiere on September 13 at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival and went wide on October 11 of the same year. Positive reviews of The Sky Pink praised Bose's screenplay, directing, and cast members' performances.
Although it cost 24 crores, it only made 34.41 crores at the box office, hence it did poorly financially. The Sky Is Pink received three nominations for the 65th Filmfare Awards: Best Film (Critics), Best Actress (Chopra Jonas), and Best Supporting Actress (Wasim).
Zaira Wasim’s Upcoming Films
Zaira Wasim left the Bollywood industry post her film The Sky is Pink in 2019. She stated her reasoning and understanding before taking a step like that. Wasim said that her working as an actress has affected her religious beliefs and has created conflicts with her culture. In 2020, Zaira requested her fans to take down all her pictures from the internet as she was beginning a new chapter in her life.
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Zaira Wasim’s Controversies
Zaira's debut film sparked the first issue when, in 2016, a photo from the scene went viral. Due to Zaira Wasim's short hair in this photo, extremist Muslim groups singled her out and referred to her short hairstyle as being un-Islamic.
Soon later, in 2017, when a photo of Zaira with Mehbooba Mufti, the chief minister of Kashmir, appeared, she came under fire. Zaira was praised by Mufti as a Kashmiri role model.
People who adhered to some radical ideologies did not enjoy this issue, and Zaira was also threatened in a number of ways. Zaira deleted the post in addition to her apology after noticing that the situation was intensifying.
Zaira Wasim’s Net Worth
Zaira Wasim’s estimated net worth is $2 million (approx 16 crores INR).
Zaira Wasim’s Social Work
There is no information about Zaira Wasim’s Social Work.
Zaira Wasim’s Awards
- In 2016, Zaira Wasim was nominated for Best Female Actress for her film Dangaal.
- In 2017- Zaira received the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement for Dangal.
- In 2017, The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement for Secret Superstar
- In 2017- Zaira received the Star Screen Award for the most promising newcomer for Dangal.
- In 2017- Zaira received the News 18 Award for Best Supporting Actress for Dangal.
- In 2017- Zaira received the Big Zee Entertainment Award for Best Child Actress for Dangal.
- In 2017- Zaira Wasim received the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Secret Superstar.
- In 2018, Zaira Wasim’s won the Critics Award for Best Actress for her film Secret Super Star.
- In 2018, Zaira Wasim won the National Award for Best Supporting Actress for her film Dangal.
6 Unknown Facts about Zaira Wasim
- Zaira Wasim competed among thousands of girls for the role of Geeta Phogat, daughter of Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) in the film Dangal.
- Zaira Wasim, along with Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, and Suhani Bhatnagar stayed at Aamir Khan’s old apartment in Mumbai for 6 months while they were shooting for the film.
- Wasim’s parents were against her decision to act in the film but Zaira’s school principal convinced them for letting work in the film.
- Zaira Wasim is half Kashmiri and half Punjabi culturally.
- Zaira Wasim can play the guitar very well.
- Zaira Wasim is adores cats.