Mehwish Hayat

30th August: Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat applauded BBC World for highlighting the serious issue of Kashmir.

She further writes that she is happy that the world is finally seeing what is really happening in Kashmir.

She further adds that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Mehwish Hayat’s Tweet:

Thank you @BBCWorld for highlighting what we have been saying for so long. Glad that world media is finally waking up to see what is really happening in Kashmir. This is only the tip of the iceberg. #SaveKashmir.

The starlet retweeted the article titled ‘Kashmiris Allege Violent Army Crackdown’. To show solidarity with Kashmir, Pakistan observed ‘Kashmir Hour’ as Pakistanis filled the roads to protest.

The national anthem was played and sirens blazed all across Pakistan.

16th August: Mehwish Hayat is both loved and criticized by Pakistani and international fans for the stellar display of her acting and dancing skills on the screen.

She stole the spotlight for both good and bad reasons after receiving the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in March this year.

And she has stolen the spotlight yet again, after her address at a Peace event in Oslo(Norway) and recognized with an award for Pride of Performance.

See her speech below and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about:

In her speech Mehwish Hayat emphasized on how film industries have mostly used their power and platform to present a negative image of Pakistan and Pakistanis, when they could actually have done the opposite and broken the stereotypes the world already holds about our country.

This takes us to another celebrity who has been trending all over social media, but for the wrong reasons:

Priyanka Chopra, popular Bollywood actress and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, responded to a Pakistani-American woman’s audacious question at the BeautyCon summit in Los Angeles and has been under the fire ever since.

The question was with regards to the tweet Chopra had posted in February in support of an announcement from India about launching airstrikes in Pakistani territory.

She was asked why she had been advocating war between two countries especially while she is an extremely influential persona and also a Goodwill Ambassador for UN.

Chopra’s response was criticized all over the world for being condescending, and soon a comparison between Mehwish Hayat and Priyanka Chopra began.

Here is what Chopra said:

“I hear you,” she said. “Whenever you’re done venting… Got it? Done? OK, cool. War is not something I’m really fond of, but I am patriotic.”

Chopra ended her response with the following demeaning lines:

“Girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love. Don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself.”

The comparison between Hayat and Chopra has gained so much traction that people have started petitions to take Chopra down as UN Goodwill Ambassador.

This situation has also led people’s attention back to when Mehwish Hayat received the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and how she really does deserve the award.

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