Some Promising Actresses
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.