Film & TV actors Mehwish Hayat and Fawad Khan got a chance to represent Pakistan at the Middle East launch of popular film magazine Filmfare in Dubai and used it to “build bridges” between India and Pakistan.
The gorgeous Mehwish Hayat received the Pakistani Icon Award while the Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan received a Cinematic Icon Award for his services to both Pakistan and Indian Film Industry.
The Punjab Nahi Jaungi lass was looking jaw-dropping beautiful at the event
I was honoured to be awarded the Pakistan Icon Plaque in recognition of my film work over the past few years. I have always said that I do not judge my success by awards, but this one was different because it was international recognition for everything that we have achieved in our industry. To share the platform with members of our fraternity from across the border and to be considered on equal standing with them was very rewarding. It was acknowledgement of how far we have come in such a short time. We no longer have to live in anybody's shadow. We are all very naive if we think that films and artists can overcome 70 years of history and deep politics. True collaboration is much more than casting actors from across the border in each others films. Let them show our drama serials and films first! #MehwishHayat #filmfareme #PakistanIcon🇵🇰 #dubai 🇦🇪 Wearing this beautiful dress by @amatoofficial 🙌🏻 @makeup and hair by @waqar_makeup 💄 A special Thankyou to @danish_hayat and @fahadcitrus for making my evening super special by being there for me ! ♥️
“I would love for Indian friends to come visit us in my homeland and see the love people have for them. I think too much emphasis has been put on the role of artists and films in building bridges between our two nations. No matter what the people may want, the past years’ events have shown that 70 years of history and deep political issues will always get in the way. This is much more than casting actors from across the border in each other’s films. I long for the day when people in India can freely see my movies in their country, just as Indian films are played in my country,” Mehwish said in her speech at the ceremony.
Look at the video of Mehwish Hayat addressing the crowd in Dubai.
Fawad Khan, the first Pakistani actor to win a Filmfare Award for Best Debut in India for his first film Khoobsurat, has been acknowledged yet again by Filmfare ME. His movie had ranked in the whopping Rs 30 million within three days of its release.
Picture of heartthrob Fawad Khan and his wife Sadaf Fawad Khan
Fawad further thanked his fans and said, “You guys are the instrument of my success. It is beautiful to get love from people in India and Pakistan.”
While India is blowing hot and cold on Pakistani artists since last year, it’s good to know that some form of cross-border diplomacy is underway in Dubai.
From India, Filmfare flew in Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar, Jackie Shroff and others whereas Mehwish Hayat and Fawad Khan represented Pakistan.
Deepika and Fawad Khan at Filmfare ME launch yesterday pic.twitter.com/NdIoeR7JTD
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