Controversies are a part and parcel of Bollywood. Bollywood stars are under observation 24×7 and when even the slightest friction is seen, a headline is born and stars are humiliated for no good reason.
The same happened in Mahira and Ranbir controversy where their pictures of bonding over a smoke became almost a national issue. The voices like “How could she do this?” “This is unethical” filled the internet.
Trolls, abuses, and opinions, all targetted Mahira in an insensitive way.
Not for once we thought how she would have felt as a woman after such humiliation. Is smoking a crime? NO. Can a woman not wear whatever she wants? Yes, she can. Maybe her only problem was that she was a celebrity.
When this controversy stirred, Mahira Khan chose to stay silent. Now, she finally speaks her mind in an interview with ‘Something Haute‘. She 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.
She understood that the intention behind this massive criticism is not “hate”. She added,
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.
Well, she may not be the perfect role model but she is human, too. She ended by saying,
People ask me if I’m a good role model for my fans, and my response to that is that yes, I am a good 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.