Zaira Wasim made her Bollywood debut in Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' (2016) where she played the young Geeta Phogat (All pictures courtesy: Twitter, Instagram and Yogen Shah)
Zaira Wasim went on to play the role of the protagonist, Insiya, a young girl who aspires to become a singer in Aamir Khan's 'Secret Superstar'
Zaira Wasim with Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan's wife
Zaira Wasim with Sanya Malhotra, the actress who played the elder Babita Kumari in 'Dangal'
Sanya Malhotra shared this hilarious picture of the 'Dangal' girls - Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim and herself - during the promotion of their film
Zaira Wasim with Sunny Leone
Zaira Wasim with 'Secret Superstar' director Advait Chandan
Zaira Wasim with 'Dangal' director Nitesh Tiwari
Zaira Wasim was born in Srinagar to Zahid and Zarqa Wasim
Zaira Wasim's father works as an executive manager in Jammu and Kashmir Bank. Her mother is a teacher
Zaira Wasim completed her schooling in 2017 from St. Paul's International Academy studying under Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education
Zaira Wasim's parents were reportedly against her acting in Bollywood, but Zaira's principal and aunt apparently convinced them
Before Bollywood, Zaira Wasim was seen in two television commercials
Zaira Wasim won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 'Dangal'
Zaira Wasim has been in the midst of several controversies online
She may have made her acting debut along side Aamir Khan in 'Dangal', but actor Zaira Wasim said she has not seen any of the films of the superstar
The 17-year-old actress, however, has said earlier that acting was something she never aimed for
Zaira Wasim told reporters at an event earlier, "I was never so inclined to this profession. It isn't like I wanted to be an actress."
Zaira Wasim said, "I am still the kind of a person who doesn't watch films. I cannot sit through a whole film. The last film I saw was 'Dangal'. In fact, I've not seen much AK (Aamir Khan) films. I don't think I've seen any of it"
In her second Bollywood outing 'Secret Superstar', Zaira Wasim teamed up with Aamir Khan again. "The equation has changed and obviously grown," said Zaira
"Even before 'Dangal' I was very close to him, all the girls were, now he has become (like a) family," Zaira Wasim said about 52-year-old Aamir Khan
"He is intimidating as a person. But it wasn't that I would die to work with him because I never wanted to be an actress. I never had something to be driven to (referring to acting as a profession). I am still exploring myself," Zaira Wasim added
Zaira Wasim said post her successful debut things have not changed much for her and she still lives a normal life
Zaira Wasim said, "People back home look at me the exactly in the same way they used to a year back. Those are the people who helped me come this far. I can't throw tantrums in front of them. They are very proud of me for sure"
"Not much has changed but there's so much love. Every time I am out, people come and click pictures, they talk to me, they want to know what's going on (referring to her upcoming projects), but apart from that life is the same," says Zaira Wasim
Zaira Wasim has said she is aware that she can't afford to take the success to her head. In picture: Zaira Wasim with Aamir Khan
"I know for a fact how important being humble is. There is no definition of success, it isn't that I've achieved everything. If I take this to my head, I could fall. I know that this could be a phase and there's a lot I need to see," says Zaira Wasim. In Picture: Zaira with Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan and Advait Chandan
Bollywood star Aamir Khan has praised Zaira Wasim, saying she is the finest actor in the Hindi filmdom now. In picture: Aparshakti Khurrana, Rithvik Sahore, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan, Sanya Malhotra, Nitesh Tiwari at 'Secret Superstar' screening
Aamir Khan said, "Zaira, for me, if you ask me who is the finest actor in the Hindi film industry today, I would say Zaira. She's absolutely amazing"
Imagine getting such a compliment from Bollywood's Mr. Perfectionist! We can't wait to see what Zaira Wasim has in store for her fans next