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Mehwish Hayat among top 5 Muslim women challenging global stereotypes

Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat has been named among the top five Muslim women actively seeking to change the world by an acclaimed international magazine ‘Muslim Vibe'. The magazine described these women as fearlessly breaking the stereotypes to change the world for the better.

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Mehwish Hayat adds another accolade in her cap as she is named among the proactive Muslim women globally striving to make the world a better place. Hayat has spread her wings to support various social causes such as supporting women hockey in Pakistan, voicing for the just representation of Pakistan internationally, she is seeking to provide quality education to impoverished children in the rural areas in collaboration with international humanitarian organizations.

Named Among Top 5 Muslim Women

Mehwish Hayat, a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, took to Twitter to share the news with her followers. The ecstatic Mehwish Hayat expressed her gratitude for sharing the list with other females, from whom she derives her inspiration.

Hayat shares the list with four other women including Manal Rostom, an athlete, clinical pharmacist, fitness influencer and the founder of Surviving Hijab; Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman of black descent to be elected as a member of US House of Representatives. Linda Sarsour, who was also named in Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people list in 2017 and hails from Palestine and athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad.

She also took to cleaners the Indian musicians for stealing the rhythm of popular Pakistani song Goray Rung ka Zamana for their song ‘Prada’ featuring Alia Bhatt.

Earlier, Mehwish Hayat bagged the Pride of Performance award in Norway, utilizing the platform to call out Bollywood and Hollywood for vilifying Pakistanis and Muslims as terrorists and religious extremists. Her loud and bold statement garnered the attention of various international media outlets, followed by several interviews. Hayat vociferously spoke about how two giant entertainment industries, Bollywood and Hollywood, are deliberately portraying Muslims and Pakistanis in a negative light for decades, which has brought severe repercussions for the community.

Calling out Bollywood and Hollywood

For several years Pakistan has been putting up a relentless fight against the robust propaganda by Hollywood and Bollywood of maligning Pakistan and its citizens, as a dangerous, backward and uncivilized nation hungry for war and bloodshed.

Hayat outstretched her voice at international media outlets including CNN and Sky News after Priyanka Chopra snubbed a Pakistani girl for calling her a hypocrite. Priyanka Chopra has been supporting aggression by the Indian government despite being a global peace ambassador.

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Her recent statement regarding the undue vilifying of Pakistanis made reverberations globally. Hayat engaged with international media outlets and put forth the assertions of Pakistan. Her engagements included an opinionated piece for acclaimed news outlet CNN and her interview at Sky News and BBC.

In her article to CNN, titled ‘The Problem With Priyanka Chopra‘, Hayat chided the Indian actress for her jingoistic, faux activism, and failing to stand at par with her responsibilities as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Adding, “Celebrities who act as charity spokespersons should always focus on humanitarianism. Chopra – again, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador – should not be using her voice to legitimize a regime opposed to the values she claims to represent.”


Roasted Bollywood on Twitter

She continued to roast Bollywood on social media despite receiving dissension from the Indian Twitter users.

She slammed the upcoming Netflix production of Shah Rukh Khan titled ‘Bard of Blood’. The trailer of the upcoming Indian series on Netflix, which once again portrays Pakistan as the breeding ground for terrorism, showcases the natives of the country as sympathizers to the religious extremists.

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Commenting on the trailer, Hayat asserted that it just “vindicates what I have been saying for so long. Another week & yet another anti-Pakistan project. Now can we wake up, smell the coffee & see Bollywood’s agenda for what it is?” She reprimanded Shah Rukh Khan to draw a fine between patriotism and vilifying a community.

Moreover, she also took to cleaners the Indian musicians for stealing the rhythm of popular Pakistani song Goray Rung ka Zamana for their song ‘Prada’ featuring Alia Bhatt. She made a point that while Bollywood vilifies Pakistan, ‘they continue to steal our songs without so much as an acknowledgment. “Copyright violation” and “royalty payments” obviously mean nothing.’