On a recent trip to New York, photos of Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan went viral. Though Kapoor chose to release a press note in regards to the snaps, Khan stayed quiet on the issue until now.
Pinkvilla reports that whilst Khan was promoting her upcoming release, ‘Verna’, she said in an interview with a website that, “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 went onto say, “Thankfully, ‘Power Di Game’ was ready to be released, which I thought was perfect timing, so I just posted that as sort of a response to the trolls. But 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 apologize.”
When speaking about being a role model for her fans, Khan said, “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.”
Khan will next be seen on the big screen in ‘Verna’, this film is slated to release on the 17th of November, 2017.