Mehwish Hayat Wins Tamgha e Imtiaz, Hits Back at Haters
Mehwish Hayat recently won the Tamgha e Imtiaz and in a powerful statement, she hit back at all the people who had questioned her award. Read more about her response to trolls
Pakistani Actress Mehwish Hayat was recently honoured with 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.
However, her award became mired in controversy when a lot of people began questioning her for the award. Mehwish responded to one malicious website by threatening with legal recourse but to many others, she had this to say.
“Though I didn’t want to, I feel that I must address the nonsense that some people are spewing about my award,” she posted on her social media. “Debate all you like whether you think I deserve it or not - we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinions. I respect that. However, I do draw the line when my character is being questioned in the most filthy way. I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be. I’ve been called a tawaif, a slut, a whore and so many other fanciful names so often that it has stopped affecting me. However, to suggest that I slept my way to this award is an abhorrent slur on all the hard-working women in our country. We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous - but it doesn’t mean that we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter with crude insinuations. You don’t know me! Thank you to all the supporters and also to all the haters, the last couple of weeks have been quite an eye-opener for me. Mehwish Hayat, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.”
Quite a mic-drop moment for Mehwish as she posted her picture with the award as well.
After receiving the award, the actress took to her official social media handle to express her sentiments, on her achievements, in an emotional post that she uploaded recently.
Dedicating her award to all the girls who dare to dream big, Mehwish recalled her journey to fame.
The actress wrote, "An eight-year-old girl went to the PTV studios holding her mother’s hand tightly. She was totally clueless about all the hustle and bustle going on around her. But she was equally fascinated by the lights, the cameras and the way in which everybody was hard at work including her mother who was an actress."
Mehwish further added, "Even as a child the wobbly sets amused her but she could see on the screens the magic being woven in that studio creating dreams for so many people. Yesterday that same little girl arrived at the Aiwan-e-Sadr holding tightly on to her mother’s hand equally bemused by her surroundings. That girl knows that she is blessed to be there receiving such a prestigious honour in the company of such distinguished people following in the footsteps of so many legends, so many of her own heroes. At heart, she remains that simple little girl from Karachi who has been fortunate to live her dreams. Her journey from that PTV studio to the Awan-e-Sadr has been a long one and by no means the easiest. But never in her wildest dreams did she see this recognition coming at such a tender age. Nor did she see the role she would go on to play in the revival of Pakistani Cinema and her contribution being acknowledged in this way."
The actress was awarded by President Arif Alvi at a ceremony held yearly on the occasion Pakistan Day on March 23. Thanking the government, Mehwish said,
"Today, I share this with all the other girls in Pakistan who have a dream, to them I simply say, 'Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams turn into reality'. Thank you also to all my family, friends and colleagues who have shared this wondrous journey and above all to all the fans who have supported me each step of the way and made me worthy of this award!"
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.