While many called out the upcoming Ms. Marvel series for “misrepresenting” Pakistanis, calling the inclusion an “act of tokenism” and a complete failure in portraying a Pakistani Muslim woman and her family, actor Mehwish Hayat praised the series’ creators for their “attention to detail.”
She called the depiction of Muslims in Pakistan in the show “very authentic” and claimed that the world will now finally see how “we live our lives”. She also commented on how Muslims, and especially Pakistanis, have always been demonized by Hollywood and Bollywood. But this, Mrs. Marvel, can change the narrative.
“It’s so amazing that the show was made at a time when we needed this diversity, this kind of representation. Because we have been portrayed as villains in movies for the longest time and I think this will really show us in a positive light, ”Hayat said during an interview on the red carpet for the premiere of Ms. Marvel.
Hayat joined MCU in the series and worked on Ms. Marvel, though her contribution or character has yet to be revealed. The actor shared a post on Instagram featuring pictures from the event, posing next to Obaid Chinoy and Kevin Fiege, who is the executive producer of Ms Marvel, among many others.
The actor told the host while he was on the red carpet: “The show is very, very authentic. Sana Amanat and Jena Berger as producers and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy as director have paid so much attention to detail to bring authenticity to this project. The display is so … perfect. I mean, you’ll see how we live our lives, how normal we are like everyone else in the world. And we can all connect with that [the show]we can all resonate with that. ”
Hayat also shared that she is looking forward to the girls who will be inspired by Kamal played by Iman Vellani. “All of these teenagers will realize that they just need to believe in themselves and believe in their dreams no matter what the world tells them. Whatever happens, there is a superhero in all of us and we just need to understand that – she concluded.
In her post dedicated to the event and Ms. Marvel, she elaborated: “Working on Ms. Marvel and being part of the MCU is a dream come true for me! You can’t believe what it means to finally have the first brown Muslim superhero we can all connect with and who speaks for us. Words cannot describe how happy my inner child is to see my culture so accurately presented on screen, in a major Hollywood production. ”
She appreciated Marvel Studios for making an effort to cast key roles for Pakistani actors. “I hope this will not only show actors in Pakistan that they have to look beyond their borders, but it will also give Hollywood the confidence to throw talent out of Pakistan.”
Marking the “wonderful producers” of the series and Obaid Chinoy, she added: “I was so proud to see our double Oscar winner Sharmeen directing Ms. Marvel. I couldn’t think of anyone who would be better. ” The Legal actor the star also commented on her experience working with Vellani. “Working with Iman Vellani, who plays Kamala Khan, was an absolute delight. She’s a real firecracker destined to be a big name in Hollywood – write down my words. “
Hayat mentioned that she was lucky enough to meet both Feige and Louis D’Esposito, “producers of so many great Marvel projects that I admired, it was the icing on the cake! Marvel really needs to be applauded – they made every girl – not just brown girls – believe that they are special … and that they can make their dreams come true if they believe in them enough. ”
Then she gave her example: “Look at me … a girl from Karachi walking the red carpet in Hollywood shows that anything is possible.” The actress concluded with a special shout out to her glam team, “which made me look and feel a million dollars”. The star wore a blue and black dress at the fashion show, with minimal make-up and bold eyes. She let go of half of her hair, and gracefully tied the other half in a graceful knot, buttoned back. The dress complemented her figure, hugging her around her waist and chest tightly, slung over her shoulders.
Another video of veteran actor Samina Ahmed, who is also part of the Ms Marvel franchise, came to the fore from the red carpet of the event. In her interaction with the presenter, Ahmed called the casting of the Pakistani teenager in the Marvel show, which represents Pakistanis everywhere, “huge”. She went on to say that “having this very young girl who leads us all is absolutely beautiful and brilliant”, calling that portrait a necessity of the hour. “And I think it’s a matter of time,” she remarked.
When asked about her character, Ahmed said: “I think I am still bound by the contract not to give details about my character. I keep that secret close to my senses, not because I want to, but because I want to share everything. But because they said, ‘keep it a secret.’ “
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