Zaira Wasim (born 23 October 2000) is an Indian film teen actress. She made her acting debut with the biographical sports drama Dangal (2016) and followed with a starring role in the musical drama Secret Superstar (2017), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. The former ranks among the highest-grossing films in China and the latter is the highest-grossing Indian film featuring a female protagonist of all time. Wasim’s acclaimed portrayal of an Indian sportswoman Geeta Phogat in the former won her the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and a headstrong aspiring singer in the latter won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She was honored with National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement by Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India at a ceremony in New Delhi.
Dangal (English: Wrestling competition) is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language biographical sports drama film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan. The film is loosely based on the Phogat family, telling the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers.
At the 62nd Filmfare Awards, it won four awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Khan) and Best Action (Shyam). At the 64th National Film Awards, Wasim won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Geeta’s younger self. Overseas,Dangal won the inaugural Best Asian Film award at Australia’s 7th AACTA Awards, as well as 2017’s Best Foreign Film and Top Foreign Actor (for Aamir Khan) from China’s Douban Film Awards, and was nominated in the Asian Brilliant Stars category at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.