Mehwish Hayat has been as fierce as ever since receiving the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, and one would think she would now start branching out to international platforms. But that isn’t the case for Hayat, who has firmly set her roots in Pakistan and has chosen to continue working here. In an interview with BBC Asian Network, she opened up about this conscious decision and revealed all the roles she has rejected from Bollywood.
“It was a conscious decision that I wanted to stay here in my country and work for my Pakistani cinema.”
The actress also added how she was offered Huma Qureshi’s role in Dedh Ishqiya and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s role in Fanney Khan.
“You cast us in a film and then not let us promote it or even attend the premiere. We aren’t given the respect we deserve in India. I rejected Dairh Ishqiya because I didn’t like one intimate scene with Arshad Warsi and they wouldn’t change or remove it. But I think everything happens for a reason, so I don’t regret anything.”
Coming back to the hate she received for receiving the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, which was indubitably unmatched, the actress once again opened up about how it affected her.
“Being a public figure, I am used to trolling and criticism and it’s okay, everyone has their own opinions. However, questioning my character and credibility was crossing the line.”
Yasss, Queen. Call them out for their ridiculous double standards.
“My contribution to Pakistani cinema and art were overlooked and it was assumed that I slept my way to the awards. That was crossing the line, I had to stand up and fight… No one can question my credibility and character, they don’t even know me.”
However, it wasn’t all a loss, as she was on cloud nine while receiving the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz.
“It feels great to be in the same name list of legends and heroes who have received it.”