No smoke without fire…?


There have been speculations on the social media about something cooking between Mahira Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, for quite some time now.

These rumours re-emerged after their photos, while smoking outside their hotel in New York City, went viral on the internet. These pictures caused a major reaction on social media all around Pakistan. People, as always, were quick to criticise Mahira’s choice of attire and the fact that she was ‘seen smoking in public’ with a man.


Hotness alter !! #MahiraKhan with #RanbirKapoor caught and snapped on the street of New York !! Love is in the air !!

A post shared by All Pakistan Drama Page (@allpakdramapage) on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:32am PDT


Most Mahira fans in Pakistan first fell love with her character in ‘Humsafar’, i.e Khirad — a shy, timid girl that most of her fans have grown to associate Mahira with. This was yet another one of reasons why these pictures did not go down too well with the public in Pakistan.

If rumours are to be believed, these pictures were taken back in July when Ranbir was in NYC, filming for Sanjay Dutt’s biopic.

There was a lot of negative backlash about these pictures on the social media. Her fellow artists, however, were quick to come to her rescue when the situation got out of control. Mahira has yet to say something about this episode.

This is what Mahira’s co-stars had to say:

Beloved Pakistani singer Ali Zafar put up a picture of a handwritten note in which he said,  “every woman has the right to make her own choices in life (as long as she’s not hurting anyone). Just like men do.”



Actor and comedian Osman Khalid Butt went a step ahead in order to point towards the bigotry of the society towards women.



Replying to one of the comments, Osman also said, “Girls would still have been objectified/been subject to misogynistic, perverted comments. The rules are different.”



Momina Mustehsan also had to say a few things in favour of her colleague.




Pakistan’s favourite American comedian, Jeremy McLellan, who recently visited Pakistan, also decided to throw in his two cents.



Mann Mayal star Hamza Ali Abbasi couldn’t help but jump in on the conversation.





Indian stars had to say a few things about this fiasco as well.


Hotness alter !! #MahiraKhan with #RanbirKapoor caught and snapped on the street of New York !! Love is in the air !!

A post shared by All Pakistan Drama Page (@allpakdramapage) on Sep 21, 2017 at 11:32am PDT


Ranbir Kapoor’s father, Rishi Kapoor had something to say too: “You see, Ranbir is a young star, he is unmarried, he’s a bachelor. He can meet anybody he wants and if people are going to invade his privacy, it’s not done. I can’t say anything about all this because he’s a young man and he has the choice of meeting any girl,” reported Hindustan Times.

He continued, “How do we know that here’s something more to this picture? He could have met her just outside there. They must have been in a restaurant or a place where they cannot smoke, that’s why they are smoking outside. In the US, they have really strict rules that don’t allow smoking in public places. I can’t say anything more because I don’t know anything more than that.”

This debacle goes to prove that Pakistani fans need to give their favourite stars a break, and instead of judging actors on what they choose to do in their personal lives, they should rate them on their acting abilities only.