After taking on cyber-bullying, rallying for women rights and putting down warmongering celebs, Mehwish Hayat has something to say about Lollywood’s pay gap. The superstar tells us that there is no pay gap in Lollywood.
The Punjab Nahi Jaungi actress said that Lollywood does not have a gender parity issue when it comes to paying artists. She even said that she was paid the same amount as Fahad Mustafa at an award show.
“Its actually equal in Pakistan. A male and female lead are paid the same and I am very happy about that, there is no pay gap. Recently in award show, Fahad Mustafa and I were paid the same. There is a lot of respect, no pay gap and there are so many good things in our industry.”
Her Views on Lollywood As An Industry
Mehwish Hayat made these revelations on Marvi Memon’s show ‘Sawal Yeh Hai‘.
Mehwish added how people undermine the good things in our showbiz industry despite all the drawbacks.
The Load Wedding star also opened up about item songs and the controversy around them. She said that its just her job and that sometimes the script calls for it.
“This is my work, I do care and I really think a lot before taking decisions. If I am doing any song it is a demand of my script. As an actor, its part of my job.”
Recently when Mehwish Hayat was attacked online for raising her voice for women empowerment while starring in item numbers, she shut trolls down with:
“I’m a bad feminist”
"… I am a bad feminist.” One of my heroes, Madonna speaking at the The Billboard Women in Music event in 2016.. Most inspiring and lots of food for thought . pic.twitter.com/8pynDvtfVU
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) June 24, 2019
She explained that previously, bullying was done face to face but now, bullies can ‘hide behind anonymity‘.
“I was directly affected by it (cyber-bullying) when I received a Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, but cyber-bullying is something on which efforts are being made in foreign countries, proper laws are being made.
In earlier times, bullying existed in physical form but now you can hide behind anonymity, you can just hurt somebody; emotionally and mentally which is even worse.”
Mehwish Hayat and the Biz
Mehwish Hayat is considered one of Pakistan’s leading actresses. She was recently awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for making the most number of films in modern Pakistani cinema and for her services to the entertainment industry.
In 2009, she was the first Pakistani to be voted in at The sexiest Asian list by a popular British magazine.
It was her film Load Wedding which led to the Punjab government’s decision to pass legislation to outlaw the practice of dowry. She was recently conferred a Pride of Performance award by the Prime Minister of Norway.
Pakistani fans recently called for Mehwish Hayat to be designated a United Nations Goodwill ambassador when she confronted UNGWA Priyanka Chopra for her problematic stance over Kashmir issue.