Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat has been named as the patron of UK Muslim Film alongside the director of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever director Lena Khan. UK Muslim Films (UKMF) works to challenge the stereotypes related to Muslims on screen. The organization advocates for better representation across the industry.
The organization took to Instagram to make the announcement. “A HEROIC patron has joined UKMF – it’s @mehwishhayatofficial!” read the post. “As one of the most socially active celebrities globally and Pakistan’s reigning box-office queen, Mehwish has widely spoken out about human rights on the global stage and has been particularly vocal about the representation of Muslims in mainstream media for many years now,” the organization praised the Pakistani actress.
Hayat took to her Instagram and shared the news with her followers. “So proud to have been made a patron of UK Muslim Film. The first step towards ‘changing the script’,” she wrote.
Mehwish Hayat has been seen lately as Ayesha in Ms. Marvel series. She also appeared in ‘London Nahi Jaunga’- a sequel of Punjab Nahi Jaungi.
Hayat appeared in the lead role besides Humayun Saeed and Kubra Khan.
Mehwish Hayat has been extremely vocal about the negative portrayal of Muslims and Pakistanis in Hollywood and Bollywood. She has raised the voice for a better and authentic representation on several international platforms.
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In 2019, Mehwish Hayat was 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’s hockey in Pakistan and voicing for the just representation of Pakistan internationally. She is seeking to provide quality education to impoverished children in rural areas in collaboration with international humanitarian organizations.
Mehwish Hayat is also the recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. She also 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.