I Cannot Wait to Play Benazir Bhutto, Says Mehwish Hayat

For a long time, there have been rumours of Mehwish Hayat portraying Benazir Bhutto in a biopic and now the actor has revealed that these are true.

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Hayat revealed that the biopic is "being written right now, it'll take some time, but I cannot wait to play [Benazir Bhutto]. I've been reading up about her and the more I read, the more I get inspired... The world needs to see her story."

"This is the story of a hero. Benazir Bhutto is a hero to me and I love that woman. Her story is so inspirational to me. It's important that this generation and the generations ahead see her contributions, her struggles and her progress. She was the first woman [to be] Prime Minister."

She went on to talk about portraying Bhutto, claiming the role to be a "complicated" and "difficult" one, calling the biopic itself, "a huge subject and a very complicated one."

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"We have broken glass ceilings, we have broken the stereotypes, and we have been and continue to be prepared to go the extra mile, to be judged by unrealistic standards, to be held more accountable." Today would have been Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto's 65th birthday. It is an ideal time to reflect on her undoubted achievements. I have never really been a political person but leaving that aside there is no denying the great strides she made for women's empowerment and equality in our country - everything we are still fighting for even today. There was a time when she made women believe that almost anything was possible - she gave us hope and inspired us to reach for the stars. I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to research and learn more about her life and sitting here I can only reflect on so much more that could have been had she not lost her life so tragically. The sign of a true leader is the legacy they leave behind and the reverence with which the people remember her irrespective of party allegiances. She was a truly remarkable woman and I look forward to giving life to her story soon. ☑️ #MH #MehwishHayat #lostinreality

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The actor also revealed that she will be returning to the small screen for a drama as well, her last being 2016's Dil Lagi.

"There's a limited number of people who go to the cinema to see a film. Dramas are more accessible, they have the biggest audience."

Hayat addressed her recent activities for charity organisations and speaking up for just causes, saying, "In this day and age, being an actor is is not enough. You need to use the voice Allah has blessed you with and the power your position has given you towards important causes. that can ring betterment to your society, your country and the world."

"We do bring up important messages and social issues in our films while entertaining the audience but that can't be all there is to our work. We need to raise our voices for the crucial issues, be they social or political."

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