Mahira Khan opens up on her viral smoking picture with Ranbir


Pakistani starlet Mahira Khan finally breaks her silence on her smoking picture with Ranbir Kapoor outside a hotel in New York. The ‘Raees’ actress was highly trolled for wearing short dress and for smoking.

Now, Mahira has done a complete U-turn and apologised for the viral photos. In an interview with Something Haute, she said that she was "completely shattered and broken" by all the negative comments directed at her. "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 said.

She added, "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 apologise."

Many netizens targeted Mahira for her behaviour, especially because she is a mother. "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 said.

When asked why didn’t she speak about this immediately when it all happened? Commenting on that, Mahira Khan 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.”