Mahira’s new movie Verna, directed by the evergreen Shoaib Mansoor, has been making headlines these days and she’s adored by millions all around the world.
Recently, Mahira’s personal life choices have been making headlines
When some pictures of her and Ranbir Kapoor started making rounds, things blew a little out of proportion.
As soon as the pictures hit the internet, it set fire to the desi ghairat brigade
Ap k libas ny mujhe boht sharminda kiya
— Shameer (@Shameer171) September 21, 2017
Suddenly, internet ki izzat ke thaikaydaar began issuing statements against her beliefs
— Atta Ur Rehman (@AttaUrR32207910) September 22, 2017
Some even attributed her divorce to her apparently out of line lifestyle (smh)
No wonder she divorced her husband.Aisi aurtein thori shadi k qabil hotihain.Still they get married
— AyeshaAhmed10 (@AshiNaim) September 21, 2017
However, there were some people who stood up for Mahira and her right to choose whatever the hell she wants
Mahira Khan, or any other female celebrity, is under no obligation to follow your moral code of ethics. Pls take your outrage elsewhere.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) September 21, 2017
A number of famous names also came out in support of Mahira Khan
Jesus. Can we please give @TheMahiraKhan a break?! Why are we so quick to judge and attack?! Esp if it's a woman in question. It's her life!
— Momina Mustehsan (@MominaMustehsan) September 21, 2017
Even from across the border
According to Parineeti Chopra, “today because of social media, everything becomes too big of a deal”, and to be honest, we could not agree more.
— POP Diaries (@Popdiarieslive) September 22, 2017
Meesha Shafi, showed her support in a cryptic Latin message
'Nolite te bastardes carborundorum!' @TheMahiraKhan ✌?
— Meesha Shafi (@itsmeeshashafi) September 22, 2017
Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum is a Latin aphorism meaning “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
Sanam Saeed took a jab at all the haw haye-ing
— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) September 22, 2017
Osman Khalid Butt threw some light on our double standards in his quintessential Obi way
Kyun kay, men smoking = health and lung problems
women smoking = loose character etc. etc.
Hain? Hain? Haina?
'SHOCKING: Behaya male actor cigarette-noshi kartay huay pakray gaye – sharmnaak manazir'.. said NO ONE EVER.
F*** your double standards. pic.twitter.com/t91Owh1D1i
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) September 22, 2017
Ali Rehman Khan seemed to be in total agreement with Obi
Although we’d want for him to finish that sentence:
— Ali Rehman Khan (@alirehmankhan) September 22, 2017
While Ali Zafar shared a heartfelt poem to show his support for Mahira
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) September 22, 2017
Hamza Ali Abbasi tried explaining the things and maybe kinda sorta overcompensated a bit
Although it was a little too unnecessary but hey, lets’s take what we get, he’s tryiiinggg.
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) September 22, 2017
Humaima Malick sent some love Mahira’s way
More power to all artist and girl every @TheMahiraKhan live your life your way
— HUMAIMA MALICK (@HumaimaMalick) September 22, 2017
Urwa Hocane sent her best wishes for Mahira
Stay Stronger @TheMahiraKhan ! Love & Power your way ! ❤️
— URWA HOCANE (@VJURWA) September 22, 2017
As did Mawra Hocane
Who had herself become dragged in this silly “controversy” owing to her being a fan of Ranbir Kapoor
Strength your way! ❤ @theMahiraKhan
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) September 22, 2017
Newswoman Rabia Anum also shared a rather lovely quote in Mahira’s support
— Rabia Anum (@RabiaAnumm) September 22, 2017
Not everybody needs to fit into one particular frame of morals and ethics because everyone has a right to live their life on their own terms. What’s worse is that the conversation around our double standards of holding women to a higher pedestal, in comparison to men, is shameful, as displayed by the countless memes being churned out to mock Mahira, right now.