Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Mehwish Hayat talks about sexual harassment

LOLLYWOOD: Mehwish Hayat is one of Pakistan’s leading actors; she has been acting since she was a child and has managed to garner a huge fan following worldwide, because of her bold personality and phenomenal acting skills.

In a recent interview with Wajahat Saeed Khan, the Actor In Law star shared her thoughts on sexual harassment, marriage and item numbers.

When asked by Wajahat about her chemistry with her co-stars on screen, Mehwish, without any hesitation said, “I have been lucky enough to share an ideal chemistry with almost all my co-stars, be it Fahad Mustafa or Humayun Saeed. I am absolutely comfortable working with them because of our strong bond.”

The Dillagi actor also shared her views about the most controversial topic that is ‘item numbers’ and said, “ Item numbers are nothing new; they’ve been going on in our industry since forever, however I chose to do an item song because I wanted to break the image of being the girl next door, get away from dramas and do something different. I took permission from my family and made sure it was not vulgar.”

The conversation then took a turn and shed light on the most sensitive topic – sexual harassment – to which Mehwish said,“ It does not matter what you wear, be it a burqa, you are bound to be harassed because it is in the mentality of people.”

“Whether you wear burqa or don’t wear one, it’s your personal choice, you shouldn’t be judged, objectified or harassed based on what you wear”. Mehwish recalled a scene from her film Actor In Law where Fahad Mustafa wears a burqa and goes out in the market, and ends up being harassed even in an attire like that.

She shared her thoughts about Meesha Shafi and Ali Zafar’s case too and said, “I would have handled the situation differently. Meesha being a strong woman should not have taken social media’s help. However, I am in no place to judge who is right and who is wrong; it takes a lot of courage for a girl to speak up if she has been harassed and I pray that the right person may get justice”

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