Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat is set to receive a prestigious civil award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, which is the fourth-highest decoration given to any civilian in Pakistan, for her remarkable contribution to Pakistani cinema.
The actress will be awarded by President Arif Alvi at a ceremony held yearly on the occasion Pakistan Day on March 23. Every year at the investiture ceremony, individuals are endowed with civil awards for their excellence in various fields of activity.
Mehwish is one of the most sought-after actresses of the Pakistani entertainment industry and has been riding the wave of success for the last few years. Nearly, all her movies have performed well at the Pakistan’s box-office including Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, Actor-in-Law and Punjab Nahi Jaungi, and Load Wedding that has been critically and commercially successful.
The actress took to her Instagram handle to express her gratitude.
"So the cat is out of the bag. I have been humbled by the news that the President of Pakistan will bestow me with the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. (Medal of Excellence) on Pakistan day. One never expects this sort of recognition but I am most flattered that the powers that be decided my contribution to Pakistani Cinema worthy of such a prestigious civil honour. I made a conscious decision early on in my career to remain in Pakistan and to build up our own cinema and I have MashaAllah been blessed with 6 of the biggest hits in the recent years. From Billi to Meeru in loadwedding, my God it has been one hell of a journey! When I travel globally my heart swells with pride when I am referred to as “Pakistani Actress, Mehwish Hayat”. My country is my identity and I will do whatever I can to not let it down. I look at others before me who have received this prestigious award - greats of our industry - and am honoured to be following in their footsteps. This is a major milestone in my life and I am blessed to have achieved it at such a young age. Hard work always pays off and it just goes to show that dreams do come true. I would like to thank all my colleagues, my family, and the fans without whom this would never have been possible. It doesn’t get any better than this!", she wrote.
In a report by Images, Mehwish expressed that it was life-affirming to receive this honour:
"I was very humbled by the news that the President of Pakistan has decided to bestow this honour upon me. For me, I have simply been pursuing my passion and to be recognised in this way with one of the highest civil awards is recognition that I must be doing something right.
"I took the decision very early to remain in Pakistan and to focus on building our nascent industry and I am proud of my contribution. For the past five years I have been blessed with some of the biggest hits of Pakistani cinema."
She further added that she shares the honour with her friends in the field without whom she could not have achieved any success:
"But I cannot take credit for this alone and and as I receive the award on the 23rd I will be sharing it with all the directors, co-stars, writers, technicians and even the makeup artists and spot boys who have contributed to this success.
"I thank all my fans who have supported me through this wonderful journey. All I can say is that best is yet to come and I hope to keep making Pakistan proud of me. Pakistan Zindabad."
Mehwish Hayat is amongst other 127 people who will be bestowed with a civil award by President Arif Alvi on March 23. Actor Reema Khan, Shabbir Jan and Babara Sharif will be given 'pride of performance awards’. The Nishan-i-Imtiaz would be awarded to philanthropist Shoaib Sultan Khan in the field of public service.