Some Promis­ing Ac­tresses

Slogan - - COVER STORY - By Mu­kee Bano

Over the years, var­i­ous Pak­istani women have ruled show­biz. Sin­gle, mar­ried or as moth­ers, they have con­tin­ued to work. They bal­anced both home and ca­reer with quite some suc­cess, such as Sa­nia Saeed, Bushra An­sari and Seemi Pasha. Mahira Khan, Mawra Ho­cane and Me­hwish Hayat are the new lot among such women. They may be sin­gle right now but they have al­ready achieved much and have a long way to go. Wed­ding bells in­cluded! Mahira is mod­est, mar­ried once but prob­a­bly her beauty and brains over­took her con­ju­gal bliss. Whether it was in Hum­sa­far or re­cently in Raees, she came out strong and many young women al­ready see her as their role model. She re­marked re­cently: “I hope, I can be an ex­am­ple that you can do what­ever you want, get mar­ried, have a child or have a ca­reer. Any­thing that you want.” While you know Mahira for her films like Bol, Bin Roye and Ho Mann Ja­han, she has done well on TV too. In Neeyat, Hum­sa­far, She­herzad and Sadqay Tumhare she came across as a well-groomed artiste. In Raees, an In­dian film, she plays the lead with Shah Rukh Khan.

Mawra Ho­cane is a girl in a hurry. She ap­pears to be go­ing very fast. She is beau­ti­ful, smart and sharp. In fact, she was among the top 3 most Googled show­biz per­sons in Pak­istan in 2016. Her film de­but came when she worked in an In­dian film, Sanam Teri Kasam.

She played the role of Saru - a nerdy girl who even­tu­ally, be­came a fine-look­ing woman. The role chal­lenged her as a per­former. Mawra made for some ex­cel­lent on-screen chem­istry with ac­tor Harsh­vard­han Rane and was liked all around.

Her sec­ond name has al­ways been in­trigu­ing for many. Some sup­port it and many don’t like it. What is the real story?

She says, “I was in the 7th grade and I thought that Mawra is a name that no­body has. But my sur­name was very com­mon so I thought that if I change the spell­ing, it would be more no­tice­able so I changed it to Ho­cane.”

By the way, ‘Ho­cane’ is sup­posed to be pro­nounced as ‘Hu­sain.’

She started host­ing at 14 and got some recog­ni­tion. She has also worked in TV plays like Bushra, Aahista Ashista, Mere Har­jai, Mere Hu­zoor, Mein Gune­hgar Nahi and Sha­reek-eHayat.

In ads, she has ap­peared in Sun­silk, Supreme and Huawei and has also worked as a fash­ion model for HSY, Erum Khan and Repub­lic Womenswear.

Mawra will now be seen in the drama se­rial Sammi on Hum TV with Ad­nan Sid­diqui.

She can be chal­lenged with dif­fi­cult and com­plex roles be­cause she does them ef­fort­lessly. She started with Na Maloom Afraad in an item num­ber. “There is no harm in do­ing an item num­ber as long as it is done prop­erly,” she quips.

Me­hwish started with mod­el­ling and later shifted to TV plays and films. She also sings well and stunned every­one by ap­pear­ing in Coke Stu­dio Sea­son 9 with her “Tu Hi Tu” which was a ro­man­tic love song with Shi­raz Up­pal.

About In­dian films, she says, “I have been get­ting of­fers from the In­dian film in­dus­try for a long time. I didn’t take the of­fers due to un­com­fort­able roles but I don’t mind work­ing in their films if de­cent and good work is given to me.”

In the TV play Dil Lagi she played a bold, ag­gres­sive and strong girl who fights against in­jus­tice. Her other plays in­clude Roo­baru, Kami Reh Gaee, AnSunee, Kabhi Kabhi, Man Jali, Chaand Pe Das­tak and Bin Tera.

In the film Jawani Phir Nahi Ani, she was seen as a fash­ion­able girl while her can­did work in Ac­tor in Law she was en­ter­tain­ing. Pun­jab Nahi Jaoongi is her next film.

Me­hwish Hayat Mawra Ho­cane Mahira Khan

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