NEW YORK: Ranbir Kapoor has broken his silence days after his co-star from Pakistan, Mahira Khan, came under fire after the pictures of the two smoking together in New York surfaced this week.
The Indian actor seemed more perturbed with the fact that Mahira was trolled for smoking and wearing a short dress than the pictures.
“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,” read his statement. “PS: Both smoking and hate are injurious to health,” he added.
Soon after the images of Ranbir-Mahira went viral on social media, some fans expressed their dismay over them.
However, for the clarification, the pictures were taken in July when Ranbir was filming for Sanjay Dutt’s biopic.
Several Pakistani and Indian celebrities such as Ali Zafar, Parineeti Chopra and Varun Dhawan also supported Mahira.
At the trailer launch of Golmaal Again, Parineeti told: “I’ll just say one line. It’s a little unfair. Everybody knows it’s unfair and it’ll stop. Today, because of social media, everything becomes too big a deal.”
Varun Dhawan, who is busy promoting his upcoming film Judwaa 2, added: “Shame on them for shaming her.”
Many Pakistani celebrities stepped in and spoke in favour of the Humsafar actress.
In a handwritten note posted to Instagram, singer Ali Zafar wrote “every woman has the right to make her own choices in life (as long as she’s not hurting anyone). Just like men do.”
Jesus. Can we please give @TheMahiraKhan a break?! Why are we so quick to judge and attack?! Esp if it’s a woman in question. It’s her life!
— Momina Mustehsan (@MominaMustehsan) September 21, 2017
Rishi Kapoor reacts to Ranbir and Mahira’s viral pictures
While Rishi Kapoor makes news for his comments, sparking controversies galore, Ranbir Kapoor makes headlines for his relationships.
And rare occasions bring the two things together, Rishi Kapoor being asked to comment on Ranbir’s relationships.
The rare occasion in question here, is Ranbir’s pictures with Pakistani actress Mahira Khan from New York, going viral now despite it being clicked in June.
Rumours of the two being more than just friends have been doing the rounds again, after their visit in Dubai in March had sparked similar rumours for the first time.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, the senior Kapoor spoke about the pictures, “I only saw them 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.”
He 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.”