‘Dangal’ star Zaira Wasim, who recently came out from one controversy, has landed in yet another soup. This time, The 16-year-old girl has gone up for a war of words on Twitter, with Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Vijay Goel.
The exchange began when Goel, who was inaugurating The India Art Festival in Delhi on 19 January came across a painting that he felt reminded him of the story of ‘girls like Zaira’. The painting in question showed a girl in hijab, while in the foreground, a young girl sits trapped in a birdcage.
The minister captioned the image, which also featured the woman trapped in a cage, as, “This painting tells a story similar to @zairawasim. Pinjara tod kar humari betiyaan badhne lagi hai aage. More power to our daughters!”
Zaira Wasim, who is already at the centre of a controversy facing flak for meeting J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, was quick to react to Vijay Goel’s tweet. While the 16-year-old actress’ first tweet was later deleted, the second and third were still available on her timeline.
Addressing him as ‘sir’ in her response, Zaira Wasim said: “Sir, with all respect to you, 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,” she said.
Mr. Goel then responded that the teen had “interpreted wrong” and that he had appreciated her work and said that “evil and patriarchal notions must be discouraged.”
He also tweeted: “I’m afraid you still haven’t understood. But I wish you all the very best and appreciate your work. Hope to meet & interact too.”
Zaira, who played the young Geeta Phogat in Aamir Khan’s Dangal, recently confronted a controversy when she posted an apology on Facebook and then removed it apparently after being trolled after her meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.