Some time back, photos of Ranbir and Mahira Khan bonding over a smoke had gone viral and it became a national debate. A large number of people criticized these photos as if this is a prohibited activity. More than Ranbir, it was Mahira who became the victim because of her religion, country, and status of a single mother.
Trolls, abuses, and opinions, all targetted Mahira in an insensitive way.
Initially, the actress chose to keep quiet and it was during the promotions of her new film, she addressed this controversy. She had said,
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.
Now, Mahira Khan has decided to confess why she took her time to talk about her leaked photos and respond to the trolls,
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I was quiet initially, but I was definitely not laughing over the controversy. It is personal for sure. The reason I responded to the trolls is because something very personal to me became public. So, I felt, ‘Okay, let’s just put it out there.’ For anybody being harassed and the issue becoming a national debate, it’s not a nice thing. I don’t know what made me do this, but I thought that I am going to take this on the chin and I am going to move forward.
She decided to learn from this incident and then, give a mature reply,
It takes strength, but when you are hit with something and when you are in the storm, you fight it out. It is not that you are stronger than him or her. It is just that you walk out of the storm and you are going to do your best to swim out of it. And once you come out, you are stronger and more evolved. I think that nobody should define you – if anything then you should define yourself. I learned during that period who I was, and I will not let anybody define me. Not to say that I don’t take criticism and all of that.
Well done, Mahira.