Sonya Hussyn response to Indian artists, who swiped a music video starring herself, may not be what many people would have expected.
Ki Jana music video directed by Nabeel Qureshi and released last year, starred Sonya Hussyn and Mohsin Abbas Haider.
The music video was copied frame by frame by Indian artist Brham for Punjabi song Mood Happy, which was released on 4 September this year.
Sonya took the opportunity to underline an important message through both music videos.
“It has been a privilege to be a part of yet another meaningful project which shared the message of how petrifying honour killings are,” she wrote, sharing a screenshot from Mood Happy. Both songs pursue the unfortunate tale of a man and a woman who fall in love against the wishes of their families and end up being killed.
Sonya Hussyn acknowledges if artists send out positive messages through purposeful content, they might be able to change the mindset of “all those in South Asia who still hold archaic beliefs”.
She took Mood Happy as a “recreation” of Ki Jana and said: “Sending my love across the border for the artists who recreated it.”