Mehwish Hayat to be awarded ‘ Tamgha-e-Imtiaz’ on March 23

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KARACHI: Mehwish Hayat is to be awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by President Arif Alvi on Pakistan Day for her contribution in Pakistani cinema, Business Standard reports.

Mehwish will be awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz at a ceremony held yearly on the occasion Pakistan Day on March 23. Every year civil awards are conferred on individuals for their excellence in various fields of activities at the investiture ceremony.

Mehwish is one of the most sought actress of Pakistani entertainment industry. She recently gave an amazing performance in 2018 ‘Load Wedding’, which is still making waves ever since its release on Eid-ul-Fitr last year. She will be now seen in Wajahat Rauf’s ‘Chhalawa’ the film which will also star Azfar Rehman, Zara Noor Abbas, Asad Siddiqui, Ashir Wajahat and Mehmood Aslam in pivotal roles. It will hit theatres on Eid-ul-Fitr.

Meanwhile other than Mehwish, few more stars from the Pakistan’s film and TV industry have been chosen to be given awards on 23rd March, Pakistan Day. 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. The ceremony of these awards would take place on March 23, a Cabinet Division press release said on Saturday.

According to Saira Khan report, Hayat recently spoke about the #MeToo campaign here and because of that including her fame, she was invited to London to address students at the prestigious Queen Mary’s University on women’s empowerment as well as on her own journey in the industry.

An inspiring journey no doubt in the world of entertainment, Mehwish started her career in 2010 with a drama called Man Jali where as in 2009 she had done a short film called Insha Allah which after so many years is now available in Pakistan on You Tube.

But talking about her journey at the Queen Mary’s, Mehwish said, “There is no gender neutral world anywhere, it just doesn’t exist so. If a woman wants to chase her dreams she has to step in to a man’s world.”

With the students cheering the actress on, it was her mention of greats like Asma Jahangir, Benazir Bhutto as well as Malala Yousafzai which made us see Mehwish in a different light as she said, “It was an amazing feeling to see women from all walks of life taking part in the funeral procession that recently took place (of Asma Jahangir) despite it being against the rituals of the land. And now it shows that the land where I come from, a progressive woman’s life and work has been celebrated and cherished after her death.”

Adding further, Mehwish said, “Before Asma, there was Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto, both who fought for their ideals and stood up against ruthless dictators. And then there’s Malala, who took it upon herself to speak for what’s right. All of them and countless women in Pakistan, and elsewhere, inspire me everyday”.