A few days back in an Instagram Live video, Dangal movie fame Zaira Wasim broke down several times and said she was being molested on an Air Vistara flight from Delhi to Mumbai when a co-passenger sitting behind her put up his feet on her armrest.
The Civil Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have sought details from Air Vistara when Zaira Wasim accused a co-passenger for molestation during Delhi-Mumbai Vistara flight. Following the incident on 9 December, accused Vikram Sachdeva was arrested.
The sources said the airline has submitted its final investigation report into the incident to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday.
Vikram Sachdeva’s wife, Divya Sachdeva, came out in defense of her husband and responded to the allegations leveled against him.
“We as a family are completely shattered. My father is an ex-army officer and my husband is an income tax officer’s son. We respect women. She (Zaira) is making an allegation for publicity to get the limelight. He had gone for the condolence prayer of his real mama. He was in trauma and shock. He was exhausted and just wanted to sleep. Every time women needn’t be right. Men can be innocent too,” said Divya, according to a report.
Divya said that her husband was “innocent” and that he did not have any “intention to molest”, according to a tweet by ANI.
Sachdeva also told the police that his foot touched the actor by mistake and he immediately apologised to her after she raised an alarm.
The accused passenger as per flight attendants was sleeping throughout the journey. Co passengers also affirmed that the accused is innocent.
In a statement to Sahar Police, a conpassenger and witness, who did not personally know Vikram Sachdeva, said that he “did not see” Sachdeva misbehaving with the actress.
“I saw Sachdeva doze off immediately after he settled in his seat after boarding the flight at Delhi. His fault was he kept his legs on the armrest, which was wrong. I did not see him misbehaving. He also apologized when the actor shouted at him when the flight landed at Mumbai airport and the matter was settled then,” he was quoted as saying.
Such statements by co-passengers and crew members raise serious question regarding accusations made by Zaira Wasim. If the allegations are false then it is cheapest form of publicity stunt. But we must wait till police comes up with final report after investigation.
– by Shaurya Ritwik, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik
Mumbai: All of 16, the star of “Secret Superstar” Zaira Wasim says she isn’t sure if she wants to become a full-time actress when she grows up.
After her “Dangal” act, Zaira has won praises galore for her role in her latest movie “Secret Superstar”, in which she is seen as an aspiring singer.
Zaira, who comes from Kashmir, says she did not grow up watching Hindi films much and had no desire to become an actress.
“I still do not know if I am going to become an actress in future as a serious full-timer, but every time when I act, I try to deliver my best… Both the films that I have done offer beautiful stories,” Zaira told IANS here.
Both “Dangal” and “Secret Superstar” have one more person in common — superstar Aamir Khan. But Zaira’s performance was not overshadowed in any way.
Recalling her audition for “Dangal”, she said: “I did not go there with any expectation, but with a curious mind to explore and know what is acting and how they audition. Rest was a process and I think I am one of the luckiest children who got the best opportunity. And then working with AK (Aamir Khan) twice… I am blessed.”
So how well does she handle her new celebrity status and recognition, especially when people walk up to her with selfie requests?
“Oh yes, I want to share this. So, we all know that my hair was cut for ‘Dangal’ and my look was different, right? One day, a fellow came to me with a mobile phone, saying, ‘Arrey bhaiya, aap woh Aamir Khan waale picture me thhe na? Ek photo le le?’ I mean because of my short hair, that guy calls me brother? I mean my first fan… and bhaiya?”
However, according to her, the feeling of recognition is always overwhelming.
“They look at me with so much love and affection and appreciate me for my work! What could be more overwhelming than this?”
Yet, the glamour and glitter of Bollywood and her newly-achieved celebrity status has not changed anything in Zaira as the youngster still finds her comfort in her room, lazing around on her bed and playing with her pet cats.
She says she’s an introvert who still finds it difficult to talk to the media for her films’ promotion.
“Nothing has changed in me, trust me… I can spend the whole day in a room with some good food, and play with my cats. I have three cats — one is black, one white and a brown kitten. I love them… I keep playing with them.”
Zaira has travelled across the country with her parents, but her heart lies in Srinagar. She grew up with a brother, and says she has always been the “good girl”
“Seriously, you can ask my mom, I was such a good, silent kid who was never curious to touch the fire to see what happens. No, I was not cranky or irritating who was crying every now and then… I remained a good girl as a baby.
“But yes, I think now I trouble her (mother) a little. I am a little clumsy and a little lazy, and my mother does not like that. I do not dress up, and I’m always tripping and falling over things… Little messy, you know,” she said, breaking into innocent laughter.(IANS)