Mehwish Hayat, director Lena Khan become first Patrons of UK Muslim Film
Ms Marvel actress Mehwish Hayat and Netflix’s “Never Have I ever” director Lena Khan have been named as the first patron of the charity UK Muslim Film (UKMF).
UKMF is an organisation that promotes underrepresented talent and voices both in front of and behind the camera. It also offers guidance to the entertainment sector on how to accurately portray Muslims on television.
The Lollywood diva, Mehwish Hayat shared this news on her Instagram handle and captioned it, “so proud to have been made a patron of UK Muslim Film. The first step towards changing the script.”
The “Actor in law” actress recently made waves in Hollywood and international media while speaking about the representation of Muslims across the world. While talking to Variety, the actor said, “Representation of Muslims on-screen is something that I have been tirelessly working to highlight for the past few years. Misrepresentation has done untold damage to us and I sincerely believe has fuelled the rise of Islamophobia. With UKMF, I look forward to working with the industry to make sure that the way that we are portrayed on-screen, if not positive, is at least a lot fairer”.
“It is equally incumbent on us as Muslims to be telling our own stories. I am excited that UKMF will be supporting emerging Muslim talent and helping them get their work to larger audiences”, Hayat further added.
The actress made her concluding remarks while stating, “Representation in films and television literally changes our cultural landscape — for better or worse. It impacts policy, how we see people, how we operate with each other. And it’s not that hard to do. I hope we can continue to expand the scope and quality of how our fellow humans are seen on screen, and enjoy the ride and the stories along the way”.