Reasons to Support Mehwish Hayat, Voice of a True Pakistani
Hayat justifies her Tamgha Imtiaz, says, "Mubasher Lucman talks about Bollywood's Islamophobia".
With the silence of Pakistani artists on the portrayal of the Pakistani people as terrorists or extremists in Hollywood and Bollywood movies, the only actress who came ahead to talk on the matter on international forum is none other than Mehwish Hayat.
When Mehwish Hayat received “Tamgha-e-Imtiaz” by the Government of Pakistan, a massive outrage was observed against her on social media. Sharing pictures from her item numbers and mocking her, some even went as far as to start a campaign to malign her by means of character assassination.
For a few days, she remained silent on the matter, however, then responded to the sick comments and dirty character assassination. She took to Instagram and shared the following stance.
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Though I didn’t want to, I feel that I must address the nonsense that some people are spewing about my award. Debate all you like whether you think I deserve it or not – we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I respect that. However, I do draw the line when my character is being questioned in the most filthy way. I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be. I’ve been called a tawaif, a slut, a whore and so many other fanciful names so often that it has stopped affecting me. However, to suggest that I slept my way to this award is an abhorrent slur on all the hard working women in our country. We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous – but it doesn’t mean that we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter with crude insinuations. You don’t know me! Thank you to all the supporters and also to all the haters, it has only made me stronger . The last couple weeks have been quite an eye-opener for me. Mehwish Hayat, Tamgha-e-imtiaz Photo by @akifilyasofficial #MehwishHayat #Tamghaeimtiaz #respect #nomoresilence 🤚
However, people didn’t stop here, they went on to abuse her, call her ‘slut’ and other labels. But she gave them a shut up call with her recently released song “Gangster Gurya”.
She also took huge round of applause when she spoke out about the bashing at the Lux Style Awards 2019. The statement directly took to heart when she said, “itna sa dimagh kholein k mera Bili aur Tamgha e Imtiaz is me ajaye, (open your mind this much that my Billi and Tamgha e Imitiaz can come into it)”.
Our superstars mostly try to go to Bollywood to get more power like Fawad Khan, Mahira khan, Meera, Veena Malik, etc. On the oppression by India, the main faces of our industry are seen quiet.
The superstars of Bollywood however have openly shared their stance of supporting India no matter what. Then why our artists keep on singing 'Aman ki Aasha' songs.
Mehwish Hayat is one who didn’t run away to work there, even after being labeled as one of the top beautiful faces of Asia. She worked in Lollywood films when nobody else did. She gave all the hits. She stood with her country’s industry when it really needed stars like her. She faced the abusive comments, she changed the direction of viewers from Bollywood to Lollywood. From her Billi song to Gangster Gurya, there is a journey of thorns on which she kept on walking.
Many of these top artists are afraid to talk on international forums against India yet promote wrong portrayal in Bollywood by defaming Pakistan, but Mehwish Hayat is the one who without caring about her fan following and reaction, spoke up about it and against it.
Even journalists like Hamid Mir were convincing the world that terrorist in India was projected by Pakistan, you might remember the Ajmal Qasab matter. She rejected such portrayal in which they show Pakistani people as extremists or an object of fun.
Hayat while speaking in Oslo, first raised the issue and spoke for Pakistan to improve the state’s image in the eyes of the international community.
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I was honoured to address distinguished guests including The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Norway, Madam Erna Solberg at a Peace event in Oslo where I was recognised with an award for Pride of Performance. I was able use the prestigious forum to talk about the the role of cinema in promoting peace. Unfortunately the way we are being represented is creating divides… Bollywood could have used cinema to promote mutual understanding instead of vilifying us as they do. They need to decide which is more important – nationalistic fervour or a peaceful future. #MehwishHayat #Oslo #HomeofNobelPeacePrize #PeaceDialogue
She received major backlash and negative criticism from Indian followers yet, she kept replying like a tigress. She even talked about Abhinandan day of surprise as well.
In another video, giving interview to Sky News, she further elaborated her stance on the matter of how India portrays and defames Pakistan by means of its entertainment industry.
Baaghi TV asked a journalist about this matter, who is right now continuously bashing India on Kashmir issue and talking furiously. Yes, we asked none other than Mubasher Lucman, and he said:
Mehwish Hayat has yet again justified her Pride of Performance as in the hour of need she came out on top with her bold statements in comparison to so many so called Human Rights organisations. Also the campaigners of the #Metoo campaign have been totally silent over almost 18000 rapes in IOK. Mehwish is a true Pakistani product who did not have to star in any Indian flick to rise to the top. On her way to stardom, many found it convenient to attack her viciously but like a brave soul that she is and strong strength of character she stood tall. Today she has stood up for Pakistan, in my opinion, she deserves a standing ovation.
She highlighted the matter of Islamophobia among Bollywood filmmakers and raised her voice against Priyanka Chopra. She is using her Twitter account much better than many others people of influence.
So blessed to be able to continue to deliver our message on a world stage. Thank you @BBCWorld and @BBCNuala for having me on your prestigious impact programme . I hope my message of peace resonates where it matters . pic.twitter.com/2hMKg9zizF
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) August 17, 2019
CNN asked her to write about Priyanka Chopra’s insult of a Pakistani girl in support to India at Beautycon. She wrote the following opinion.
More power to you Mehwish Hayat!
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