Pakistani actor Mahira Khan says she felt “violated” when images of her sharing a cigarette with Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor emerged in the media. Mahira also cited that it was the first time that she was embroiled in a controversy. The Humsafar actor spoke at length about working in Bollywood, the impact of the tensions between India and Pakistan on the countries’ film industries, and the controversy, on “HARDtalk on BBC World News”.

Mahira’s photograph with Ranbir Kapoor emerged from New York in September last year, months after the actress’ Bollywood debut Raees hit the screens. Recounting how it became a “national topic and debate”, she 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 downtime moment and someone has just photographed you. ALSO READ: Video Of Pakistani Actor Javed Sheikh Trying To Kiss Mahira Khan Forcibly Goes Viral; Actress And Veteran Star React To Reports And Trolls

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“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.” Mahira’s film Raees, starring Bollywood ‘Badshah’ Shah Rukh Khan, did not get a chance to release in Pakistan. Mahira said she was excited for the film to release in her nation. Watch this space for further updates.