KARACHI: Pakistani actress Mahira Khan’s pictures with Ranbir Kapoor wreaked havoc for the actress. She faced a lot of hate and nasty comments on social media regarding her clothes and her getting caught smoking.
Internet was exploding with some people fighting for her and others fighting against. Mahira remained tight-lipped throughout the entire controversy and quietly returned to Twitter by sharing a snippet of her upcoming film Verna’s song ‘Power Di Game.’
However, finally chose to come out during an interview with Somethinghaute.com.
“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,” Mahira told the website.
“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.”
Speaking about being considered a role model for her fans, the actress 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.”
Mahira will be gearing up to promote her upcoming film Verna, the trailer of which has received rave reviews, where she will be seen essaying a powerful character. – Samaa
Story first published: 8th November 2017