Bollywood star Aamir Khan described Dangal co-star Zaira Wasim as a role model, after the star came under attack regarding her meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The superstar then asked critics to leave her alone, and took to his Twitter to state that Zaira, who plays Geeta Phogat in Dangal, was a role model to children all around the world.

Zaira made a public apology on Monday for meeting Mehbooba Mufti but later withdrew it, receiving support from Bollywood celebrities and politicans.

“I have read Zaira’s statement and I can understand and imagine what led to her to make that statement,” Aamir said, according to sources.

“Zaira, I want you to know that we are all with you. The beauty is that bright, young, talented hardworking, respectful, caring and courageous kids like you are a role model for all kids, not only in India but across the world. You certainly are a role model for me! May god bless you. Love Aamir.”

The actor underlined that Zaira was young. “I appeal to everyone now to leave her alone and respect the fact that she is just a 16-year-old girl trying her best to deal with life,” he added.