Singer Meesha Shafi has asked the Lux Style Awards to remove her song ‘Mein’ from its list of Best Song nominations on Tuesday.
The announcement came after clothing brand Generation and makeup artist Saima Bargfrede announced their decision to withdraw from the award show as well.
The singer took to Twitter and wrote, “I want to thank Eman Suleman. What she, Generation and Saima Bargfrede have said and done is what I consider my award.”
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) April 23, 2019
She added, “In a perfect world, I would love to see women retain their space in the industry while being safe so that the cost of speaking up is minimized, or even done away with altogether. A cost which is all too high at present. Our boycotts should not overshadow our achievements. With brave women like these, I feel optimistic about getting there one day.”
She said ‘Mein’ is a song about finding our true self. Being aligned with a higher purpose. Being our own hero and being enough. “I wrote it at a particularly difficult time in my life. When I needed to be all those things.”
Shafi concluded her note by saying, “‘Mein’ stands nominated for the best song at the Lux Style Awards 2019. The irony is not lost on me given the current circumstances and I would kindly request that my name and work be removed from the list of nominees.”
In April 2018, Meesha accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment which was denied by him. The matter is currently in court. Ali Zafar has been nominated for Best Actor in this year’s Lux Style Awards.