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Ranbir Kapoor defends Mahira Khan: Smoking and hate are injurious to health

Mahira Khan and Ranbir Kapoor were trolled on social media after some pictures surfaced on Twitter in which they were seen smoking together.

bollywood Updated: Sep 23, 2017 16:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira Khan’s viral photos are from July.(Twitter)

Ranbir Kapoor has spoken about the latest controversy that erupted after his pictures with Pakistani actor Mahira Khan went viral. He says that so much negativity around the pictures isn’t what Mahira deserved.

In a statement published by NDTV, Ranbir says, “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. PS: Both smoking and hate are injurious to health.”

Mahira and Ranbir were trolled on social media after some pictures surfaced on Twitter in which they were seen smoking together. The photographs, apparently clicked in New York, show the duo deep in discussion.

The comments on the Internet ranged from questioning Mahira, such as “how could a Muslim girl wear semi-naked dress” to others asking how a mother of one child “behave like this”.

Mahira is a single mother and has a son, Azlaan.

Later, celebs like Parineeti Chopra, Varun Dhawan and Ali Zafar came in support of Mahira.

When asked about her reaction, Parineeti told reporters, “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.”

She was speaking at the trailer launch of Golmaal Again.

Varun also came out in support of Mahira. “Shame on them for shaming her,” Varun said in an interview while responding to the story.

Pakistani actor Ali Zafar also took to Instagram and wrote, “What has happened to us? Have we lost all sense of sensibility? Must we choose gossip, intrigue and the self-appointed right of judgment over restrain, grace, tolerance and compassion?”

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(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published: Sep 23, 2017 16:16 IST