Sonya Hussyn calls Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy out for pulling her down for old comments on Mahira Khan

Sonya Hussyn calls Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy out for pulling her down for old comments on Mahira Khan

The director said Hussyn shouldn't think she will ever be Mahira Khan after her remarks from a 2018 interview resurfaced.
01 Jul, 2021

A day after director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy called Sonya Hussyn out for "dissing" Mahira Khan in a 2018 interview, the actor has hit back.

"Pulling one woman down while putting up another in full view of public and talking about upbringing!" Hussyn said in an Instagram Story.

"Besides, the pandemic has given too much extra time to some people to “dis” others by taking things out of context," she said.

The post that started all the drama had recirculated comments Hussyn made in a 2018 interview. She appeared on the After Moon Show hosted by Yasir Hussain on August 12, 2018.

Asim Azhar and Hussyn were the guests for the episode and in one segment, they were asked to answer a series of questions by quickly choosing from the options presented to them. One of the questions Hussyn was asked was if she were Khan, which film would she not do: Verna, Raees or Ho Mann Jahaan.

Hussyn chose Raees. "Why, because you don't want to work with Shah Rukh Khan?' asked the host.

"No, never," replied Hussyn. "It was never my dream to work with Shah Rukh Khan. My dream is that your character should be such that you are seen and you're not just a side character to a hero," she explained.

"Had I been asked for which of the films I’d opt for, I’d have chosen Verna," Hussyn said in her recent post. "Freedom of expression related to work is not disrespectful in any way."

"Don't think you'll ever be Mahirah Khan so you won't ever get to say no - don't diss other women in the industry, [it] reflects poorly on you and your upbringing," Chinoy had written in her comment.

Hussyn directly addressed that statement and called the director out for it. "Ms Chinoy, your choice of words, tone and tenor doesn’t behove Academy Awards Winner and lest you didn’t know, I have never aspired to be Mahira. She’s excellent and amazing in her own right and I am on my own journey," she wrote.

Jumping to Hussyn's defence was Feroze Khan, who also posted an Instagram Story on the issue. "I once saw this YouTube link where the woman she [Chinoy] made a documentary on [and] got her Oscars was complain[ing] she never paid her — while talking about upbringing," he wrote. In 2012, Chinoy was sued by one of the victims whose narrative was recorded in her documentary Saving Face for not fulfilling her commitment of providing financial compensation.

"Sonya Hussyn, these people don’t decide your destiny. Laik olad k saray baap hotay hain! [everyone tries to parent capable children]" he said. "Stay strong."

Recently, a number of celebrities came out in Hussyn's support after Mathira accused her of bullying her. Though the women cleared up the "misunderstanding", several celebrities posted messages in support of Hussyn's character.


ST Jul 01, 2021 12:04pm
I agree with Sonya. Shermeen is a bully
Maxx Jul 01, 2021 12:07pm
In reality the real story that should be discussed: What is the real story behind SOC's Oscar!
Osama Jul 01, 2021 12:11pm
I agree with Sonya. Sharmeen makes stories from few cases in Pakistan to bring bad image to Pakistan where else these things happen all across the world including developed world
Chrís Dăn Jul 01, 2021 12:18pm
Sonya is getting personal by pointing out at"upbringing" of Ms. Chinoy. Stay classy at least ,lady when you have opted to confront an internationally acclaimed director. I must inform you - in civilized world mwrit& hard work pays& Ms. Chinoy has earned it & she is respected a lot .More than you& on pure merit. Do not go in personal details.
Dija Jul 01, 2021 12:22pm
Sonia is an amazing actress and I was surprised to see how Ms Chinoy made such a shallow comment - perhaps Ms Sharmeen you need to look at your family background before commenting on others!
M. Saeed Jul 01, 2021 12:28pm
What is so big about Mahira? She is a decent lady, but not the ultimate in acting.
Shahbaz Ahmed Tarar Jul 01, 2021 12:30pm
Chinoy is opportunist, she never minds to sell (to the western world) the negativity in Pakistan for her gain.
Chrís Dăn Jul 01, 2021 12:33pm
Was Ms.Chinoy wrong?No.
Abdul Karim Jul 01, 2021 01:21pm
Sonia is an excellent actress.
saima Jul 01, 2021 02:40pm
Sonya is a narccisst bully.
Jan cartoon Jul 01, 2021 03:20pm
SOC is a type of person who would buy local handcrafted item from poor women and sell them to foreigners for profit in the name of promoting local talent. We all know the local talent will be given peanuts and she'd be the Queen who gets the applause and most importantly the money.
iftikhar khan Jul 01, 2021 03:37pm
Sharmeen Obaid, she lives on 9th cloud. Be careful she is Oscar award winner.
Say no to political correctness Jul 01, 2021 03:38pm
Sharmeen and Sonya could patch it up in a cage fight.
Fastrack Jul 01, 2021 04:44pm
SOC owes her little success to Pakistan bashing. And it was absolutely pathetic and needless of her to say what she said about Sonya. Toxic You are a celebrity ONLY if you act as one.
umme roman Jul 01, 2021 04:59pm
Agree with Sonya Hussain she is right about everything she said.
Mango Pakistani Jul 01, 2021 05:28pm
No one has damaged Pakistan's image than this Sharmeen. She is trying to be bossy and judgmental about Hussain who is young and bright star. I can't understand why Sharmeen poked her nose. Is she spokesperson of Ms Khan?
Jahanara Jul 01, 2021 06:33pm
Sharmeen is a personal secretary of holy Mahira. Mahira is an average actress, I can’t understand why & how she has become such a sacred personality. Please live & let others live. Sharmeen herself is a corrupt person. She sells stories of poor people to earn money. If she is really concerned about the plight of people then why she has not done anything to help them.
Sana Shahzad Malik Jul 01, 2021 07:14pm
Ms Chinoy has a lot of free time now i guess!
well-wisher Jul 01, 2021 07:35pm
SOC, you should take the lead and patch it up with Sonya. You are elder. Show it.
Cookies Jul 02, 2021 02:14am
@Chrís Dăn I think if you've been following the story closely, it was SOC who made the reference to upbringing first. And btw, Sonya Hussain gave her opinion on something she was asked, she never resorted to personal attacks on Mahira Khan. People in all entertainment industries in the world will share their views on the choices of fellow actors, what's so special about Mahira khan? She is average as an actress, many people do think so in Pakistan. In terms of acting, Sajal Aly, Sanam Saeed and Saba Qamar are way better. Mahira Khan isn't something holy that one cannot even Express an opinion on her.
Nazish Hussain Jul 02, 2021 06:17am
The words about upbringing, moral character do not suit Sharmeen. She is a smart opportunist. Recently she has made a series of film No Exception in support of Lesbians. She has received awards by portraying the most pathetic picture of Pakistan. Brought shame to us Pakistanis and people feel proud on her awards. Seriously!!!
INDEPENDENT Jul 02, 2021 08:20am
Both Mahira and Sonya are very well respected. Sonya is a very fine and very talented actor. I believe both Sonya and Mahira should resolve differences if any and Sharmeen should stay away from creating a mess.
Junayd Jul 02, 2021 12:34pm
Few stories are enough to make the disgust evident...Well done SHARMEEN proud of Pakistan
Faisal Jul 02, 2021 09:56pm
@Nazish Hussain We brought shame to ourselves. Don't hate the person holding up the mirror. Take some responsibility.
Nazish Hussain Jul 03, 2021 05:58am
@Faisal true, we can take the responsibility by helping the effected people. Has she helped anyone so far?NO… but Yes she has helped herself by making these documentaries she gained awards, cash, fame and respect from people how don’t care as how the other person is exploiting them.