Mehwish Hayat thanked her Gangster Guriya background dancers and people aren’t happy.
Mehwish Hayat is one of Pakistan’s most popular actresses, and recently, her song Gangster Guriya in the film Baaji, has been in the news a lot more than usual. The Tamgha-e-Imtiaz winner’s song took the internet by storm, portraying her as a fierce figure who went for whatever she wanted. Since it was quite different from what we are typically used to seeing, it managed to garner a lot of attention.
Oops I did it again!
After 5 years another cameo that I am very proud of. R u ready for Gangster Guriya?A woman in control of herself & knows wat she wants! ”You can't play me boy..nahi hoon mai khilona”👊🏻
Thank you @aClockworkObi,Saqib Malik,Taha,Akif ILyas,Anila,Mo Azmi n team pic.twitter.com/7QQ0gX4URf
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) June 20, 2019
Recently, the ‘gangster guriya’ herself took to Instagram to thank her back up dancers in an appreciation post that spoke to their dedication and hard work to her project.
The picture is a behind-the-scenes shot from the song, in which she looks stunning in a yellow dress, also seen in the music video, and is posing with five of her colleagues, who are present without shirts behind the camera during what seems like the shoot.
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One has to admire the braveness and fortitude of these guys. It was a freezing evening shoot and my hunky supporting artistes took it all in their stride when asked to whip off their shirts for these shots . I felt so sorry for each of them – they were literally shaking with cold all night. The audiences will never know what we have to endure in the pursuit of their entertainment. #MehwishHayat #GangsterGuriya #Baajithefilm #bts
Mehwish stated that she admires the ‘braveness and fortitude’ of her team, who stuck with her in freezing weather wearing nothing but pants.
She pointed out that the dancers were trembling all night because of the cold and that she felt very bad for them and would like to appreciate their braveness. She also expressed that the audience often does not see the extents to which entertainers have to go in order to get a particular shot.
Her entire post reads:
“One has to admire the braveness and fortitude of these guys. It was a freezing evening shoot and my hunky supporting artistes took it all in their stride when asked to whip off their shirts for these shots. I felt so sorry for each of them – they were literally shaking with [the] cold all night. The audiences will never know what we have to endure in the pursuit of their entertainment. ”
Mehwish makes a really good point, and it was nice to see someone with so much influence recognize the efforts of people that are otherwise always in the backgrounds.
And as expected, the Pakistani internet did not receive this post with the purpose that it was meant for. People were quick to troll Mehwish and the ghairat brigade found yet another opportunity to lash out.
For some reason, rather than appreciating Mehwish’s gesture, people made this about ‘hayaa’ and ‘ghairat’ and started steering away from what was actually meant to be said. Instead of recognizing and appreciating her team, people were only focused on how besharam it was for her to be standing among people of the opposite gender.
Freaking out about a girl standing among boys is unfortunately quite common for Pakistanis, but people also chose to come for her Tamgha-E-Imtiaz too-an award that is awarded to civilians for the highest degree of service to the country.
Coming for someone’s achievements is never cool, but people seemed to be a little extra salty about the prestigious award she holds.
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People seem to be super focused about how ‘vulgar’ a shot of her and her colleagues was, and many came for her remark about the efforts that go into entertainment media.
This one lad had quite an opinion on how Mehwish was making him badnaam by being one of the most iconic women in the country. He claimed that she put in this much effort into her projects for money, and not to entertain the public.
And of course, the two classic comments that you will find on almost any Pakistani female influencer’s feed were also present
Fortunately, there’s still a few of us who managed to understand what Mehwish was trying to say and praise her for it.
The ghairat brigade is always looking for a chance to pounce on our breathtakingly talented women and will do anything to reinforce the comfort-zone that is served to them by the patriarchy. Mehwish’s post was a really nice gesture towards the people we often look at but do not see, highlighting how hard they work even under the trickiest of circumstances.
It was nice of her to appreciate her colleagues, and we believe that more and more people should start doing that! Our entertainment industry really is amazing, and so are the people that keep it intact. Let’s all just tone down on the hate for a minute and learn to show love to the people that are a source of pride for our country!
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