Pakistani actress Mahira Khan says she felt “violated” when images of her sharing a cigarette with Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor emerged in the media. Mahira also cited that it was the first time that she was embroiled in a controversy. The “Humsafar” actress spoke at length about working in Bollywood, the impact of the tensions between India and Pakistan on the countries’ film industries, and the controversy, on “HARDtalk on BBC World News”.
Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan took the internet by storm, last year in September, with their NYC rendezvous. The two superstars were photographed smoking cigarette on the streets of the United States city. Although the viral pictures were dated back to July 2017, they only came to the limelight in September and soon became the fodder for gossip. In the image that surfaced online, Mahira can be seen wearing a white mini dress and smoking alongside Ranbir. Soon after the photograph went viral on social media, people started slamming Mahira for smoking and wearing a short dress.
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“At that point yes, it was crazy honestly because it lasted for a while… It was crazy, it was ridiculous.” Her film “Raees”, starring Bollywood ‘badshah’ Shah Rukh Khan, did not get a chance to release in Pakistan. Mahira said she was excited for the film to release in her nation.
“I was more excited about ‘Raees’ being released in Pakistan than anywhere else, because all I wanted was to sit there with my best friends and my child Azlaan and the audience and watch this and I couldn’t.”
Mahira is currently filming for “Saat Din Mohabbat In” and “Maula Jatt 2” with Fawad Khan. The episode with Mahira will be aired on March 26.