Most of you must definitely be aware about the pictures of Ranbir Kapoor and Pakistani beauty, Mahira Khan that broke the internet over the weekend. We’re talking about the images of the duo, enjoying a smoke on the streets of New York, which were reportedly clicked when Ranbir was in the US shooting for the Dutt biopic earlier this year.
The pictures didn’t only attract attention because of rumours of them dating, but Mahira was also mercilessly shamed for the halter dress she wore and for smoking. The Raees actress chose to maintain silence over the issue, however, her rumoured beau, Ranbir decided to speak up in her defence.
Slamming haters, Ranbir said to NDTV, “I’ve gotten to know Mahira in a personal capacity over the last few months. She is somebody who I admire and respect, for her achievements and even more for the person she is. It is very unfair the way she is being judged and spoken about. What is also sad is the inequality in judgment just because she is a woman. I request you to stop the negativity and move on with your beautiful god gifted lives. Peace and love.” Giving a fitting end to his statement, he added, “PS: Both smoking and hate are injurious to health." Well said, Ranbir!
Apart from Ranbir, Rishi Kapoor also came forward to clear the air about the pictures that went viral. Speaking in support of his son he said, “I only saw the pictures on Twitter, not on Instagram or Facebook, because I am only on Twitter. It’s not that I saw these pictures before or I know anything about this already. You see, Ranbir is a young star, he is unmarried, he’s a bachelor. He can meet anybody whoever he wants to, and if people are going to invade in his privacy, it’s not done. And I can’t say anything about all this because he’s a young man and he has the choice of meeting any girl.”
Rishi, who is popularly known to speak his mind, added, “How do we know that here’s something more to this picture? He could have met her just outside there. They must have been in a restaurant or a place where they cannot smoke, that’s why they are smoking outside. In US, they have really strict rules that don’t allow smoking in public places. I can’t say anything more because I don’t know anything more than that.”
Relationship or not, Ranbir was highly appreciated by the masses, for standing up for Mahira, and rightly so! What did you think of the whole controversy?