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16 Aug

Mehwish Hayat talks about ‘the problem with Priyanka Chopra’ in opinion piece for CNN

Mehwish Hayat seems to be on a roll. After being awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz earlier this year, she’s begun to take her role as an influencer even more seriously which is great!



Earlier this week, Mehwish attended a peace event in Norway where she was awarded Pride of Performance by the Norwegian Prime Minister. During her speech, which went viral, Mehwish spoke at length about the impact of cinema and how Bollywood — being one of the largest film industries in the world — showed Pakistan as a villain and always peddled nationalistic propaganda.

And on Friday (today), CNN published an opinion piece by Mehwish titled ‘The Problem with Priyanka Chopra’ where she talks about how Priyanka — being an international celebrity with a global outreach — has fallen into the same “jingoistic role that her fellow countrymen are forced to adopt at home”.

 

 

“Perhaps alarmed by Hollywood’s open opposition to his ally Donald Trump, Indian PM Modi has arguably co-opted and weaponized the country’s film industry. It is difficult, often impossible, for Pakistani actors to find work in India. 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,” she wrote.

Mehwish then goes on to say how Priyanka’s comments are more detrimental than they appear. “This makes Chopra’s mistakes potentially all the more costly. Rather than use her position as a US-based celebrity to broaden what it means to be an Indian celebrity, she has fallen into the same jingoistic role that her fellow countrymen are forced to adopt at home.
“It’s this kind of failure that tempts many observers to insist that celebrities stay out of politics completely. Just look at the damage those ill-informed starlets can cause, they say, wading into issues they know nothing about. They should shut up and stick to entertaining us — in silence,” she added.
You can read the entire piece here.

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