|Famous Role||Geeta Phogat in Dangal (2016)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in Feet Inches- 5' 1"
|Weight (approx.)||in Kilograms- 50 Kg
in Pounds- 110 lbs
|Date of Birth||23 October 2000|
|Age (as in 2018)||18 Years|
|Birth Place||Hawal, Downtown, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Scorpio|
|Hometown||Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India|
|School||St. Paul's International Academy, Sonwar, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu’s Heritage School, Jammu & Kashmir
|Educational Qualification (as in 2019)||12th standard student in the Humanities stream|
|Debut||Film: Dangal (2016)
|Family||Father- Zahid Wasim (Executive manager of Jammu and Kashmir Bank)
Mother- Zarqa Wasim (a Teacher)
Brother- Zoraiz Wasim
|Hobbies||Breaking things, Sleeping, Listening songs, Reading, Hanging out with friends, Playing with her pet cat|
|Awards||2017- National Film Award for the Best Supporting Actress for Dangal, National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement for Dangal, National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement for Secret Superstar
2018- Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) for Secret Superstar
|Controversies||• In 2016, her trimmed haircut photos took the internet by storm and was trolled by fringe elements within the Muslim community who called her an un-Islamic for doing acting.
• The same year, she met the then Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who presented Zaira as a Kashmiri youth icon, which was not liked some localites. Seeing the sensitivity of the matter, Zaira apologized via her social media account.
However, she later deleted her apology post and posted another post, which was also deleted by her after some time.
• On January 2017, the former Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel tweeted a photo by mentioning her. In reply, Zaira tweeted "I feel I must disagree. I request you not to connect me to such a discourteous depiction. Women in hijab are beautiful and free. Moreover, the story depicted through this painting is not even remotely relevant to mine."
• On 10 December 2017, she was molested on a Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai, by a 39-year-old Vikas Sachdeva, a senior executive of a media and entertainment company. The same day, the Police arrested the accused of molesting her and booked him under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
|Favourite Song||"Jealous" by Labrinth|
|Favourite Singer||Ed Sheeran|
|Boys, Affairs and More|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Zaira Wasim
- She competed among thousands of girls for the role of “Geeta Phogat”, daughter of “Mahavir Singh Phogat” (Aamir Khan) in the film Dangal.
- She had social anxiety and self-esteem issues before she started her acting career.
- She did a vigorous training for playing the role of a wrestler.
- Zaira, along with Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Suhani Bhatnagar stayed at Aamir Khan’s old apartment in Mumbai for 6 months while they were preparing for the film.
- In 2015, she appeared in Microsoft Lumia & Tata Sky advertisements.
- Her parents were against her decision to act in the film but Zaira’s school principal convinced them for letting Zaira work in the film.
- She is of half Kashmiri and half Punjabi descent.
- She can play the guitar very well.
- She is an avid cat lover.
- She said in an interview that she is very shy in nature and has a limited number of friends. She loves doing destructive things, breaking things and has some weird likings like turbulent flights, wind turbines & earthquakes.
- In November 2017, she won The National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement for her extraordinary abilities in fields such as academics, culture, arts, sports, music etc. in the age group of 5-18 years.