Mahira Khan feels violated over leaked smoking pic with Ranbir Kapoor


Mahira Khan and Ranbir Kapoor’s smoking picture created a lot of uproar years back. The Pakistani actress was slammed for smoking with Ranbir outside a hotel in Dubai and for wearing a short backless dress.

Mahira was speaking on an episode of BBC World News' HARDTalk, and she said: "That was the first time in my entire career that I was caught up in a so-called controversy and it was strange because there were so many things in that. One, obviously you feel violated, you are in a personal downtime moment and someone has just photographed you."

Mahira further said, "Obviously there was an uproar, because here I was, someone who is extremely loved in Pakistan, and they sort of keep me up on this pedestal you know, they treat me with a lot of love and a lot of respect. And there are certain things I didn't realise that they don't want to see me do. At that point yes, it was crazy honestly because it lasted for a while... It was crazy, it was ridiculous."

In an interview with the magazine Something Haute, sometime back, Mahira also said: "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."

Earlier, she said in her speech, "Through the times of turbulence, through the joys, through the ups and downs, through the mistakes we make and all the success we get, let nobody... nobody's opinion define who you are, And if anybody defines who you are, let it be yourself. Because including me and all the women out there, we're all worth it."

About meeting Ranbir she said, “It is my personal life and it is very normal for a boy and girl to hang out.” However, she said she has learned from the incident. “Nowadays, (the) media is not only present at events but everywhere. So, I have learnt from it (the incident),” she said.

Ranbir also supported the 'Raees' actress, he said, “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. PS: Both smoking and hate are injurious to health.”

On the professional front, Mahira Khan is currently busy with her upcoming films 'Saat Din Mohabbat In' and 'Maula Jatt 2'.