Kashmiri actor Zaira Wasim, 17, who shot to fame with the hit film ‘Dangal’ has received the National Child Award for her best performance as young Geeta Phogat in the Nitish Tiwari-directed biopic Dangal. President Ram Nath Kovind presented the award at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Children’s Day.
Wasim, who is from Srinagar told to media, “The award has encouraged me a lot. It is a matter of pride for me and all the Kashmiri young artists and the younger generation.”
This year the National Child Award was given to 16 children out of which one was presented with a gold medal and 15 were given a silver medal. Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “By awarding kids, we recognize and encourage their talent and potential for nation-building.”
Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ has created sensational records with its Worldwide Gross which will make the film the first ever Indian film to touch the Rs.2000 Crore mark. ‘Dangal’ has Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to be world-class wrestlers, both of who go on to win medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The biographical sports drama film is directed by Nitesh Tiwari. This film was Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Aamir Khan Productions, and UTV Motion Pictures.