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Mehwish Hayat responds to Bakhtawar Bhutto over action against Benazir’s biopic

On the occasion of Benazir Bhutto’s 65th birthday, Mehwish Hayat shared on social media that a biopic on the former prime minister of Pakistan, Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was on the cards and that she [Hayat] was preparing to “play the role of a lifetime.”

The announcement took social media by storm and everyone was excited to see the life of the slain Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader come to life on the silver screen. However, Benazir’s daughter, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, slammed the idea, saying that no consent was sought from the family for the project.

“Certainly no consent from her living heirs/children was sought. Absolutely unacceptable and we will be taking action against it,” Bakhtwar wrote on Twitter, sharing the news report.

Mehwish quickly responded to Bakhtawar’s tweet writing, “To clarify rumours circulating. There is a project at the very early stages of development about your amazing mother. This cannot and will not be done without the consent or blessing of the family. I am sure that the team involved will be in touch before they progress further.

“Meanwhile, as an actress, I am researching as much as I can about a real idol of mine. Irrespective of any film I would love to meet someday and learn more about her,” Hayat further wrote.

Mehwish had earlier posted a picture of herself with the “Daughter of the East’s” book in her lap, along which she wrote, “Today would have been Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s 65th birthday. It is an ideal time to reflect on her undoubted achievements.”

"We have broken glass ceilings, we have broken the stereotypes, and we have been and continue to be prepared to go the extra mile, to be judged by unrealistic standards, to be held more accountable." Today would have been Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's 65th birthday. It is an ideal time to reflect on her undoubted achievements. I have never really been a political person but leaving that aside there is no denying the great strides she made for women's empowerment and equality in our country – everything we are still fighting for even today. There was a time when she made women believe that almost anything was possible – she gave us hope and inspired us to reach for the stars. I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to research and learn more about her life and sitting here I can only reflect on so much more that could have been had she not lost her life so tragically. The sign of a true leader is the legacy they leave behind and the reverence with which the people remember her irrespective of party allegiances. She was a truly remarkable woman and I look forward to giving life to her story soon. ☑️ #MH #MehwishHayat #lostinreality

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“I have never really been a political person but leaving that aside there is no denying the great strides she made for women’s empowerment and equality in our country – everything we are still fighting for even today.”

“There was a time when she made women believe that almost anything was possible – she gave us hope and inspired us to reach for the stars,” Hayat added.

She then went on to confirm that she is indeed working on and doing research for Bhutto’s biopic, “I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to research and learn more about her life and sitting here I can only reflect on so much more that could have been had she not lost her life so tragically.”

“The sign of a true leader is the legacy they leave behind and the reverence with which the people remember her irrespective of party allegiances,” Hayat further wrote. “She was a truly remarkable woman and I look forward to giving life to her story soon.”

We really do hope that the project proceeds, with the consent of all parties involved, of course.



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