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Dangal's Zaira Wasim thanks Aamir Khan for National Award win

The young Jammu and Kashmir girl vows to keep working harder after bagging the National Award for best supporting actress.

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Mayur Lookhar

She was the toast of the nation following the stupendous success of Dangal. The 16-year-old Zaira Wasim got a shot in her arm yesterday as she won the Best Supporting Actress honour at the 64th National Film Awards.

She issued a statement thanking the jury, but above all Aamir Khan and her Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari.

“I am extremely happy. I would like to thank the jury for conferring on me this honour. My heartfelt gratitude to my family for believing in me and to Aamir Sir and Nitish Sir for supporting me. It is very encouraging to receive an award of this stature in my debut film, the appreciation has only got me more excited to work harder," Wasim told PTI.

Wasim had played the young Geeta Phogat in Dangal, a film based on the life of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his wrestler daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat.

While Wasim bagging the National Award is not debatable many were suprised by the jury's choice of Akshay Kumar for Best Actor and Dangal and Aligarh being snubbed.

The actress though downplayed Dangal getting the snub in a post on Twitter.

The 16-year-old will next be seen in Aamir Khan production Secret Superstar.