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Dillagi. Actor in Law. Coke Studio: This is a busy year for Mehwish Hayat. She was dubbing her last scenes for Actor in Law when I called her Saturday night, after the latest episode of Dillagi. She said she would get back to me after 2am, when her dubbing session ended. We managed to connect the following day, on Sunday morning, as she awoke and was surprisingly fresh at 10:30am. She’s definitely one of those people who are driven by their work! Here’s what she says about it…

So, that thappar is definitely the talk of the town right now!

Mehwish: I’m loving peoples’ reactions on it! There are two schools of thought here. People who think that if Mohid loved her so much then why did he mistrust her. And how could he slap her! The other school of thought believes that she should have been slapped ages ago. (laughs)

It’s a 24-episode drama so is inching towards its end. Rumour has it that Dillagi has a tragic ending. Something very bad will happen to Mohid?

Mehwish: It will surprise people. But with only four episodes left, every episode certainly is a must watch.

Why couldn’t she tell him that she went to the doctor for a friend?

Mehwish: Anmol is an egoistical character. She flipped. That was expected from her. But the real debate is whether Humayun should have slapped her. We (Mehwish, Humayun and Nadeem Baig) were at Butlers last night and so many people came up to us; they had stepped out after watching the play and had so many opinions on it. And they were women, men and people from all walks. It’s the love of the people that Dillagi has been so successful.

Your journey from Billi in Na Maloom Afraad to your character in Actor in Law has been quite interesting…

Mehwish: “It’s been 3 years since NMA, which was a special appearance. It as a small role but one reason why the film clicked. JPNA was an ensemble cast. Actor in Law is special because I’m a solo lead. It’s a lot of pressure but it’s a great feeling to have the lead role. I had been testing the waters in NMA and JPNA and here I’ve dived in completely. No one has done this kind of character before. I represent a minority and I worked very hard on developing the character.”

Mehwish Hayat

Mehwish at the music launch of Actor in Law.

From JPNA to Dillagi; tell me about working with Humayun Saeed?

Mehwish: We didn’t know each other at all before JPNA. And I had zero dosti with him during JPNA. But you learn so much about people when you work and travel with them. We traveled a lot for the film and working with him I realized that he was a great guy; warm, funny and generous. Humayun and I became friends. When Nadeem read the character in Dillagi he said only I could do it. He had already worked with me in Manjali. Dillagi is intense and there was chemistry. We looked good together in JPNA but the chemistry developed in Dillagi.

You’re also making your Coke Studio debut, which people are quite skeptical about.

Mehwish: Critics have not even heard me sing. People should wait and hear the song before they judge it. There are people who will hate, regardless, but all the haters who are talking negative about my CS debut, saying I can’t sing, should know and realize that someone like Shiraz Uppal or Faisal and Bilal would not have asked me to perform on one of the most prestigious music platforms if they didn’t think I could. This is a HUGE opportunity for me. Coke Studio is a huge platform. The whole season is special. I can predict it’ll have the maximum number of hit songs. I have worked with Shiraz Uppal on the song, in fact it’s a duet with Shiraz Uppal himself and it’s an original track not a cover of an old song. You’ll see that I’ve been very experimental, from Billi to Anmol’s character and now to CS. I’ve taken risks and I’ve been blessed with success.


Picture courtesy: Diva Pakistan

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