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Mehwish Hayat turned down working alongside Anil Kapoor in Fanney Khan

Mehwish Hayat’s is a name that is in no need of an introduction. The actress, isn’t only gorgeous but is an epitome of talent and versatility. Hayat’s is a name that is associated to all the highest grossing films of Pakistani cinema. Actor In Law, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani and Punjab Nahi Jaungi, all starred Mehwish Hayat as their lead. Hayat’s diligent hard work paid off when she was recently awarded the Tamgha E Imtiaz. Although she received a lot of backlash from the audience for the award, Hayat, made sure nothing could dim her spirit and make her any less deserving of the Pride of Performance award for her endless contribution to the new age Pakistani cinema.

Mehwish Hayat is an established name in Pakistan, an actress we call refer to as the crème de la crème of the industry. No matter what role she’s entrusted with, Mehwish Hayat aces it with perfection. And while she promotes and awaits the release of her next film, Chhalawa opposite Azfar Rehman, Mehwish Hayat recently sat down with Haroon Rashid of BBC in London and made some interesting revelations regarding her Bollywood offers.

Pakistani actors have been offered roles from across the border since ages. And Mehwish Hayat too was approached for a number of films. Talking to BBC, Hayat revealed that she turned down Aishwarya Rai’s role in Fanney Khan opposite Anil Kapoor and Rajkumar Rao.

Hayat was also offered the role Huma Qureshi played in the Madhuri Dixit starrer, Dairh Ishqiya which she turned down because the filmmaker wouldn’t change the intimate scene in the script with Arshad Warsi.

According to Mehwish, she turned down these roles consciously to stay and work in Pakistan for its cinema industry. The actress also added that she wanted to prove her excellence in Pakistan more than she wanted to work in India since Pakistani actors aren’t treated fairly across the border.

“You cast us in a film and then not let us promote it or even attend the premiere. We aren’t given the respect we deserve in India. ”

Adding further she stated, “I think everything happens for a reason and therefore I don’t regret anything.”

Mehwish Hayat also talked about a number of other things during her interview. Watch the full interview here:


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