Bollywood vilifies Pakistan yet continues to steal our songs: Mehwish Hayat

Published: August 26, 2019
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PHOTO: MEHWISH HAYAT/INSTAGRAM

PHOTO: MEHWISH HAYAT/INSTAGRAM

Mehwish Hayat isn’t done calling out Bollywood for its hypocrisy. Recently, Alia Bhatt’s latest single, Prada, came under fire for bearing similarities to Vital Signs’ Gore Rang Ka Zamana. While many Twitter users pointed this out, Mehwish Hayat was one of them too.

“I find this strange. On the one hand Bollywood vilifies Pakistan with every opportunity they get,” the Chhalawa actor shared. “On the other, they continue to steal our songs without so much as an acknowledgment. Copyright violation and royalty payments obviously mean nothing.”

She also slammed Shah Rukh Khan’s latest Netflix production Bard of Blood. “This just vindicates what I have been saying for so long. Another week and yet another anti-Pakistan project,” she shared on Twitter. “Now can we wake up, smell the coffee and see Bollywood’s agenda for what it is? Shah Rukh Khan, be patriotic, nobody is stopping you – just don’t do it at the expense of vilifying us.”

Hayat maintained a similar stance in an opinion piece she penned for CNN earlier. “Indian PM Modi has arguably co-opted and weaponised the country’s film industry. It is difficult, often impossible, for Pakistani actors to find work in India,” she wrote. “Pakistan is a Muslim majority nation and Islamophobia is a top-down industry in India: at the top, hyper-nationalist films, songs and slogans teach the masses to hate. At the grassroots, Muslims have been killed for so-called crimes, such as eating beef,” concluded Hayat.

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