Shehzad Roy, Ali Zafar come to Mehwish Hayat’s defense
Acclaimed Pakistani artists Shehzad Roy and Ali Zafar have stepped forward as a major support system for Tamgha-e-Imtiaz laureate Mehwish Hayat after immense criticism against the actress for not being deserving of the award.
Taking cognizance of character assassination on her success across social media, the singer stressed that people leave no opportunity in questioning art and women if success knocks at their door.
In his tweet, he also commended Mehwish Hayat for staying strong on the route to creating an enabling environment for women from arts to come forward.
In a separate tweet, he took a jibe at gender discrimination that follows even in terms of criticism over an artist’s work.
“Criticism on merit is okay but it’s about gender discrimination. Male artists are criticised about their work & capabilities, but criticism on women equals their character assassination. We never say that a “characterless” guy won an award.Veteran female actors have gone through this in past,”
People waste no opportunity to tear down the Arts & women in PK. So ofcourse if a woman wins an award in Arts,all hell wud break lose.U @MehwishHayat won the debate tht followed & created an enabling enviroment for women from arts to come fwd.& when they do,trolls wil think twice
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) March 26, 2019
Criticism on merit is ok but its about gender discrimination.Male artists r criticised about their work & capabilities,but criticism on women equals their character assasination.We never say that a “characterless”guy won n award.Veteran female actors hav gone through this in past
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) March 27, 2019
Roy had also extended his appreciation at the time when Mehwish Hayat was awarded the Pride of Performance award on Pakistan Day.
“Recognition thorough this award at such a young age would be such a great feeling for your family. Many more to go @MehwishHayat.”
Roy, himself, was awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2005.
Ali Zafar also went on board to defend Mehwish Hayat in a series of tweets amid all the controversies that followed.