Last week photos of Ranbir Kapoor and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan spending some relaxed time in New York City went viral online – raising speculations that the two are secretly dating. The two were reportedly introduced by Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in 2016 when he was working with Kapoor in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil while Mahira was shooting for Raees with Shah Rukh Khan. Rumours say that the actress was instantly smitten by Kapoor and vice versa. They exchanged numbers and remained in touch.
In March a video of them engaged in an animated conversation went viral – sparking romance rumours. The two actors, however, denied the tabloid stories, but last week their holiday photos from NYC found way online, showing them smoking on the street. People from both the countries trolled the actors especially Mahira Khan for wearing a western dress and smoking.
These photos haven’t just shocked us but also their families, who apparently had no clue about their secret affair. While Khan’s family hasn’t reacted yet, actor Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor’s father, gave his opinion on the same.
His statement was this: “You see, Ranbir is a young star, he is unmarried, he is a bachelor. He can meet anybody whoever he wants to, and if people are going to invade in his privacy, it’s not done. And I can’t say anything about all this because he is a young man and he has the choice of meeting any girl”.
So according to Senior Kapoor Ranbir has all the right to go out and have affairs with any girl of his choice – only because he is unmarried, bachelor, and a young star. Sadly, Rishi Kapoor fails to protect Mahira’s dignity or atleast ask the media and online haters to not spread malicious stories about the single mother. He only justifies his son’s act by putting the blame on his youth and bachelorhood. Typical mindset.
In this Ranbir-Mahira controversy the only person who’s been damaged is the actress. Khan has a huge following in her country, Pakistan and is counted amongst one of the top actresses there. Her fans see her as an ideal Pakistani woman, but her wearing a short backless dress and smoking hasn’t gone down well with them. She’s been bashed and slut-shamed ever since the photos leaked.
Kapoor, on the other hand, has become the top womaniser. He has earlier dated actresses Deepika Padukone, from 2007 to 2009, and Katrina Kaif, from 2009-2015, and has a penchant for dating and cheating. Remember the time when Deepika said he cheated on her with another actress? And when Kaif had the same doubts? No wonder why Mahira Khan’s fans think he’s only time-passing with her.
And it seems like Ranbir has already put the controversy behind. He threw his birthday party last night and invited all his Bollywood friends and best colleagues home while Khan hasn’t yet returned to the public eye. Here’s wishing time heal the wounds and she moves on from all the negativity.