Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan had a tough time recently when their pictures, enjoying a smoke on the streets of New York went viral. The gorgeous Pakistani actress received flak for her short white dress, smoking a cigarette being a girl and chilling with an Indian actor, among other things she was scrutinized for. Ranbir on the other hand received lesser flak but, strongly stood up for the actress.
Post the outbreak, Mahira took her time, but came out strong, proving that she was unfazed dby what happened, as she carried on with her work. She was signed on As the first Pakistani ambassador for world renowned beauty brand, L'Oréal Paris, and she’s also all set for her upcoming film Verna- the trailer of which looked very promising.
While the actress steered away from addressing the controversy in detail for a long time, she has now spoken up about the trauma she went through. In a recent interview where she was promoting Verna, speaking of the incident, she said, “I’d be lying if I said that I decided right off the bat that I wouldn’t respond to this controversy. And I’m a very strong woman but when all of this happened, I was completely shattered and broken. I would think about posting a statement every day. Then I would stop myself because I just wouldn’t know what to say.”
She added, “Thankfully, ‘Power Di Game’ was ready to be released, which I thought was perfect timing, so I just posted that as sort of a response to the trolls. But to be honest, I understand where all the criticism came from and it didn’t come from a place of hate. I’m not talking about the trolls but those who were genuinely disappointed to see those pictures. It’s the same disappointment that my nani or my mamoo would have felt seeing that. So even now when I meet an older lady who says that she didn’t like the pictures, I’m quick to apologize.”
Whatever the issue, Mahira Khan has stood strong, gracefully battling the situation. Speaking of being a role model that people look up to she said, “People ask me if I’m a good role model for my fans, and my response to that is that yes, I am a role model but I’m not the perfect role model. I am human, I make mistakes. And I was really happy to see that there were so many people who stood up for me. It goes to show that the narrative in Pakistan is changing, and if nothing else, I’m happy to have been part of that narrative.”