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"If I ever do an Indian film, I would love to represent my country with dignity" - Mehwish Hayat
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If I ever do an Indian film, I would love to represent my country with dignity – Mehwish

“I have always maintained that if I get a role like Saba’s in Hindi Medium or something along the lines of Queen, Heroine or Jab We Met, I will accept it,” Mehwish points out.

She claims that she gave up the biggest offer of her career to date when she was approached to play the second lead in Dedh Ishqiya opposite Naseeruddin Shah and Madhuri Dixit because she was uncomfortable doing an intimate scene required for the role in the film.

“If I ever do an Indian film, it will be on my terms and conditions and not theirs, because I have made a place for myself in Pakistan with honesty and dedication. I don’t want to be cast as a showpiece or an object of desire in a film on either side of the border,” she explains. “I would love to represent my country with dignity.”

Now that Punjab nahi jaungi is about to release, we further asked Mehwish what is next for, another rom-com or something different?

“I have a number of offers to act in films but would be more interested in doing a film based on women’s issues. I am also open to doing quality theatre where the play gets at least 15 days to make its presence felt. There is also an option to turn to direction which is something I would like to do in the long run.” And will she go to Punjab or not? “Well, that’s something you will have to find out,” Mehwish added.

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