Zaira, who portrayed the young national wrestler Geeta Phogat in the much-acclaimed "Dangal," was criticised on social media after she met chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on January 14. She was asked why she met the chief minister when she could've instead met the victims of the turmoil being witnessed in the restive Indian state from where she hails.
The 16-year-old then posted an apology on Twitter and Facebook for "offending" and "unintentionally hurting" people for her actions but later deleted the post. She then posted again, asking everyone not to blow the issue out of proportion since she was just a 16-year-old kid and that people should treat her likewise.
She deleted that post too.
Many celebrities including Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, who played her father in "Dangal", and political leaders, like Omar Abdullah, came out in her support. Social media also speculated that Zaira's apology was under some kind of threat and pressure.
Federal minister Jitendra Singh said on Tuesday (Janaury 18) said the Jammu and Kashmir government was keeping an eye on all the developments related to the actress and if needed security would be provided to her.
The actress was also drawn into a spat with sports minister Vijay Goel on Friday after he drew a parallel between a painting of a burkha-clad woman which he tweeted with Zaira's life.