In an auspicious ceremony in Norway, where she was given the Pride of Performance Award by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, renowned film and television artist Mehwish Hayat projected Pakistan’s true image by expanding the message of peace and harmony.
The Pakistani starlet, addressing the incident, encouraged Hollywood and Bollywood to use cinema to foster mutual knowledge by depicting Pakistan’s true image rather than vilifying the country as they do.
She bravely pointed out how Bollywood and Hollywood, through their vilified depiction and stereotyping of the countrymen, tarnished Pakistan’s picture worldwide. Also at the forum, she became the voice of the innocent Kashmirs and highlighted the atrocities they have faced for centuries.
The actress was adamant that India needs to decide whether it wants nationalistic fervor or peace.
“Bollywood could have used cinema to promote mutual understanding instead of vilifying us as they do. They need to decide which is more important – nationalistic fervor or a peaceful future,” Hayat said in her poised speech.
I was honoured to address distinguished guests in Oslo & talk abt film & peace.Also spoke abt how films frm Hollywood & our neighbours hv vilified Pakistan to a point that even I don't recognise the country that they show.Y is nobdy showing the sacrifices we hv made war on terror pic.twitter.com/hA6V1Q5m0q
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) August 11, 2019