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When onstage turned awkward?

In a time when anything and everything can become newsworthy, the latest such item in Pakistan is the awkward kiss Javid sheikh planted on Mahira’s cheek at the Lux Style Awards 2018 and Mahira’s reaction to it. For those of you living under a rock when it comes to social media, here is the clip.

Honestly, the first time I saw this clip I didn’t think much of it. But when I checked my phone the next morning, I realised that apparently I had missed something there which our internet trolls had not. Mahira Khan was clearly surprised herself and so this is what she tweeted:

“I have just woken up to such silly stuff floating around. It’s good to be aware and have an opinion but for God’s sake don’t use anything and everything to make news. Javed Sheikh of all people! He is a legend and a mentor to all of us in this industry. Would vouch for him always!”

Still can’t wrap your head around the issue here? Well according to the many internet trolls, Javed Sheikh’s gesture was sleazy and made Mahira uncomfortable hence she pushed herself away. Many presumed some sort of background to this and maybe all was not well between the two?? According to the other regular viewers like me, it was a show of affection by a senior towards a junior actor being happy for their success but because it was unexpected, she politely moved away after the peck. A completely normal and spontaneous reaction.

Javed Shiekh meanwhile, has responded in good humour. He took this pout selfie with Faisal Qureshi and Jerjees Seja reminding us of the ridiculousness of it all.

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