Images of the actress smoking with Kapoor were met with a great backlash from some sections on her choice of outfit and the fact that she was smoking in public. Ranbir released a statement a few days later, but Mahira kept a low-profile for quite a while and did not talk about the incident. According to reports, Mahira found the opportunity to speak on the controversy in an interview while promoting her upcoming film. She said that she definitely wanted to talk about it and she’s a very strong woman but when all of this happened, she was completely "shattered and broken". She would think about posting a statement every day but would stop herself because she just wouldn’t know what to say.
‘Power Di Game’ (a song from her film) was ready to be released, which she thought was perfect timing, so she just posted that as sort of a response to the trolls. Mahira added that she understands where all the criticism came from and that it didn’t come from a place of hate, acknowledging not the trolls, but those who were genuinely disappointed to see those pictures. “It’s the same disappointment that my nani or my mamoo would have felt seeing that So even now when I meet an older lady who says that she didn’t like the pictures, I’m quick to apologize," she said. Mahira stated that while she was a role model for her fans, she wasn't perfect either; as any human, she makes mistakes. She was however happy that people had stood up for her back home in Pakistan. She believes the narrative in Pakistan is changing and she is happy to be part of it.