“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,” the actor said in a statement.
He added that “PS: Both smoking and hate are injurious to health.”
It did not take too long for hate posts to be directed at Mahira. The Raees actor was trolled for smoking and wearing a halter dress, among other things. However, some fans came to her defence and slammed the trolls for singling out only Mahira, when even Ranbir was smoking. She also found support in celebrities like Parineeti and Ali Zafar.
Ranbir and Mahira were first clicked together at the Global Teacher Prize event in Dubai. Their closeness sparked rumours that there was a romance brewing between them. However, Mahira took to Instagram to set the record straight.
On the work front, Ranbir’s next big screen outing will be Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic. The film, which also stars Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala in key roles, is set to hit the screens on March 30, 2018.