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. Zaira has won much praises 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 said.
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.”
According to her, the new found feeling of recognition is always overwhelming.
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.
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”.
“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 says, breaking into innocent laughter.
When you go to watch a Rohit Shetty film, especially the Golmaal series, you can’t expect any logic just fun.. only the magic of entertainment, albeit, sans rationality.
Golmaal Again, the fourth of the series, is a laugh-a-minute comedy about five orphans who are brought up in the Jamnadas Orphanage in Ooty. Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), Laxman (Kunal Kemmu), are constantly at loggerheads with Gopal (Ajay Devgn) and Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), as Gopal is petrified of darkness and ghosts and the three of them love to take advantage of his fears and annoy him. He, in turn, is hot-headed and gets angry easily leading him getting involved in scuffles.
Narrated from the point of view of Anna Mathew (Tabu), a librarian who can see ghosts and knows these five orphans and their friend Khushi from their orphanage days, the film is revealed in a non-linear manner.
Over-the top comedy, fast-paced action sequences, colourful locales, witty dialogues replete with puns and innuendoes, spontaneous performances, are what really engage you in this over-stretched film. There is entertainment galore and the situations, though devoid of reality, evoke constant laughter.
Ajay Devgn as Gopal is his usual self and has moments when he shines, but is not outstanding. One has seen him do better. It is Shreyas Talpade as Laxman who steals the thunder from the gang with his lisp and consistently funny demeanour.
Tabu as Anna Mathew is staid and restrained, and her character does not do justice to her as an actor. Parineeti Chopra as Khushi looks pretty and fits well into the film, although she has nothing much to offer by way of histrionics. Again, it is the script perhaps which limits her.
Johnny Lever as always, is his talented and versatile self and even Vrajesh Hirjee as Cobra is an extension of his earlier character in the Golmaal editions.
The camaraderie and comic-timing of the actors apart, it is the writing that stands out. Whether it is punning on words, films, songs or even Nana Patekar's mimicry, the script keeps you tickled sufficiently, even though some of the situations seem trite and gimmicky.