After Aamir Khan backed his "Dangal" co-star Zaira Wasim, who has been trolled for meeting J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, celebrities like Anupam Kher, Shraddha Kapoor, Javed Akhtar and Swara Bhaskar came out in her support.
Wasim, who shot to fame for her stellar performance in the blockbuster, was unwittingly caught up in controversy over her meeting with Mufti in the backdrop of the unrest in the Valley.
The 16-year-old child star first posted an apology for "offending" and "unintentionally hurting" people after her meeting with Mehbooba kicked up a row and trolled online but later deleted the post. She then posted again, asking everyone not to blow the issue out of proportion but deleted the post too.
The stars reacted to the controversy on Twitter, calling it an act of "shame" that a kid has to apologise for her success.
"Dear @zairawasim! Ur apology letter is sad but full of courage. It exposes the cowardice of people who made you write it. But you are my #RoleModel," Kher tweeted.
Veteran lyricist Akhtar said, "Those who shout AZADI from the roof tops don't give an iota of AZADI to others. Poor Zaira Waseem had to apologies for her success Shame!"
Swara posted, "To those demanding #Azadi in #Kashmir. U seem fundamentally undemocratic, bigoted n incapable of respecting any1 else's freedom #ZairaWasim."
"#ZairaWasim, I LOVED you and everything to do with Dangal. You worked hard, it showed and I look up to you. Keep shining, keep dreaming," Shraddha said.
Singer Sonu Nigam tweeted, "May God give Sanity to this World. And a Bigger Perspective of Humanity beyond Religion and Patriotism. #ZairaWasim."
Actress Preity Zinta said, "Dear @Zairawasim Welcome to the world of Fame,Judgement and Jealousy! Keep Smiling and Shining little one Love Ur work and U #Sweet16 #Liveurlife.