Mahira Khan says she felt “violated” when her pictures with Ranbir Kapoor became a “national topic and debate.”

07:41 PM | 25 Mar, 2018
Mahira Khan says she felt “violated” when her pictures with Ranbir Kapoor became a “national topic and debate.”
MUMBAI: Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, in an interview on HARDtalk on BBC World News shared her entire experience when her pictures of her sharing a cigarette with Ranbir Kapor were made out to be something they were not.

The Humsafar actress said she felt violated and that it was the first time she had gotten mixed up in such a controversy. She also discussed the tensions between India and Pakistan, especially the Bollywood ban and how it was like working in the Bollywood industry.

Mahira recounted that the images had become a “national topic and debate”and said: “That was the first time in my entire career that I was caught up in a so-called controversy and it was strange because there were so many things in that. One, obviously you feel violated, you are in a personal down time moment and someone has just photographed you.

“Two, obviously there was an uproar, because here I was, someone who is extremely loved in Pakistan, and they sort of keep me up on this pedestal you know, they treat me with a lot of love and a lot of respect. And there are certain things I didn’t realise that they don’t want to see me do. At that point yes, it was crazy honestly because it lasted for a while… It was crazy, it was ridiculous.”

Furthermore talking about the release of her own Bollywood venture in Pakistan she was disappointed it was not released in her own country, “I was more excited about Raees being released in Pakistan than anywhere else, because all I wanted was to sit there with my best friends and my child Azlaan and the audience and watch this and I couldn’t.”

According to the Pakistani Censor Board, the film was an “ugly, horrible, unacceptable depiction of Muslims” and Mahira stated that she felt had the film been released at any other time, thus would not have been an issue. “I think their decisions sometimes are based on things that don’t even concern the film sometimes. So you know I don’t think that was the reason. They said it but I don’t know. I don’t know if Raees was released today, would it be released,” said Mahira.

The movie's release coincided with the 2016 Uri attack and the surgical strikes which further increased tensions between the two states.


This also led to Pakistani artists being asked to leave India and due to this Mahira was unable to promote the film in India,“It was a two way thing. We got stuck under the political fire really, nothing else. But by the way, Pakistan is still showing Indian films, we haven’t banned Indian films at all.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 19 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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