Throwback to when Mehwish Hayat said NO to two big Bollywood movies while Aishwarya Rai took them instead

'Because of this mistreatment, I made a conscious decision to stay in Pakistan and work for my Pakistani cinema.'

Did you know that actress Mehwish Hayat turned down a Bollywood movie role which was later offered to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan? The information was unveiled by the Pakistani actress in a 2019 interview with BBC Asian Network.

During the interview, the gorgeous actress Mehwish Hayat recalled how she was offered Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s role in Fanney Khan and Huma Qureshi’s role in Dedh Ishqiya, but she had to turn down both the acting offers.

How did the actress reveal the news?

The actress talked about India’s treatment of Pakistani artists amid the rising tensions between the neighboring countries owing to Kashmir. Mehwish Hayat said:

I think it is unfair because all our actors who have worked in Bollywood, are, unfortunately, not given the kind of respect we deserve.

The actress further stated:

You call an actor to play a part in a film and at the same time, you don’t let them attend its premiers or even allow them to promote their work. Nothing is more important than self-respect.

Concluding the statement, Mehwish Hayat said:

Because of this mistreatment, I made a conscious decision to stay in Pakistan and work for my Pakistani cinema.

As soon as the actress ended her dialogue, the host of the interview asked:

You were offered Dairh Ishqiya alongside Madhuri Dixit and Fanney Khan; these are big films that you turned down.

Talking about refusing Dairh Ishqiya, Mehwish Hayat clarified:

I refused because I had an issue with one of the scenes in the film.

During the interview, Mehwish Hayat also expressed her happiness on being shortlisted to receive a Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. Addressing the criticism that came with the announcement, the Pakistani diva said:

I was flying so high it took me a week to let it sink in. Being a public figure I was used to the trolling and criticism, but questioning my character and credibility is crossing the line.

The actress Mehwish Hayat is majorly known for her lead roles in Pakistani movies. The starlet has given the audience one hit movie after another in recent times including Punjab Nahi Jaungee, Load Wedding, and Chhalawa. Her phenomenal acting skills and talent have made her one of the highest-grossing Pakistani film actresses.

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