Pakistani singer and actress Meesha Shafi has accused Ali Zafar of sexually harassing her on more than one occasions. The two of them have worked together on several occasions and have known each other for a long time now. Meesha took to her Twitter handle to share her story as she stated she couldn’t stay mum about it anymore. Meesha tweeted, “Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out. But it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo.”
Meanwhile, not many know who she is. Shafi was born into a Punjabi family in Lahore, Pakistan to actress Saba Hameed and Syed Pervaiz Shafi. She has a graduation degree in Fine Arts from National College of Arts.Since childhood, Shafi wanted to be an entertainer. However, she began her career at the age of 17 as a model. She starred opposite Pakistani pop singer and musician, Jawad Ahmed in the music video for the song “Bin Teray Kya Hai Jeena”. In 2009, Shafi became the brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris Pakistan. She has also featured in many Pakistani magazines and in international publications such as L’Officiel and Vogue India.
Today, she is a Pakistani actress and singer who made her film debut with a supporting role in the 2013 Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The following year she appeared in Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra’s popular film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, featuring Farhan Akhtar in the lead, albeit in a small role. Her prominent projects also include, Bilal Lashari’s action thriller film Waar, which ranks among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time. Lately she has been seen frequently in Coke Studio, Pakistan. In 2008, she married musician Mahmood Rahman with whom she has two children, daughter, Janevi, and son, Kazimir.
Coming back to the statement, she wrote today, she made a revelation that startled everybody. “I have been subjected, on more than one occasion, to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar. These incidences did not happen when I was young, or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children,” she said. Furthermore, she said, “It has been an extremely traumatic experience for me and my family. Ali is someone I have known for many years and someone who I have shared the stage with. I feel betrayed by his behaviour and his attitude and I know that I am not alone.”