After Bollywood, Omar Abdullah, Venkaiah Naidu support Zaira Wasim
It wasn’t just Bollywood personalities like Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar, Renuka Shahane or on-screen father Aamir Khan, who supported ‘Dangal’ actress Zaira Wasim, who was threatened for meeting Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Politicians Omar Abdullah and Venkaiah Naidu also slammed the haters. Even wrestler Geeta Phogat, whose character Zaira enacted in the movie, lent her support.
Disgusted over the entire episode, former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted, “A 16-year-old shouldn't be forced to apologise & that too allegedly for meeting @MehboobaMufti. What are we coming to!!!!!”
Taking a dig at the incumbent CM, the National Conference leader further wrote, “I've a problem with @MehboobaMufti trying to userp other peoples success to cover up her own failures but why punish/troll people she meets? [sic]”
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu also voiced his support for Zaira. Speaking at an event at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi, Naidu said, "Why did she have to tender an apology for meeting the Chief Minister of her own state? Why is everyone silent now?"
“Zaira's episode shows how pseudo-liberals react to different situations, adopt different standards. What wrong has been committed by this young, talented artist from Jammu and Kashmir?" the minister added.
Speaking to a popular publication, Geeta said Zaira, the younger version of her on-screen character, need not worry or be sad as Aamir Khan and others are on her side. The Commonwealth gold medallist had inspiring words for Zaira.
“When we (she and her sister Babita) were of her (Zaira) age, we had to listen to more scathing remarks from people. People always wanted to pull us back. We have extricated ourselves out of all of these and are at this point in our life today. My father (wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat) said only one thing: Work hard. If you do something for the country, all these people with these mentalities - their mouths will be shut,” Geeta said.