A lot has been said and written about Raees actor Mahira Khan and her choice of clothing while she was seen smoking a cigarette with Ranbir Kapoor in New York City. This was the reason for the actor being slut-shamed by many. Celebrities from both the Indian and the Pakistani entertainment industry came out to support the actor and shun the haters. Rishi Kapoor even quashed the rumours of his son Ranbir dating the Pakistani beauty by saying, “If they were dating or seeing each other, wouldn’t people in Mumbai know? These rumours are only dumb.” But now the man himself has spoken up in support of the actor.
In an official statement, the Jagga Jasoos actor said, “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.”Ending his statement with a witty and hard-hitting postscript, Ranbir said, “Both smoking and hate are injurious to health.” Several photos of Ranbir and Mahira were leaked online, where the two actors were seen smoking in New York City. Though there has been no information on when and where the photos were clicked, many assumed that Ranbir met Mahira when he was away for filming Rajkumar Hirani’s movie, the Sanjay Dutt biopic.
However, Ranbir avoided mentioning anything about the dating rumours with Mahira that have been doing the rounds ever since they met at the Global Teacher Prize gala in Dubai in March. At that time, their videos hinted at the two being more than ‘just friends’.