KARACHI: A photo of Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane became a subject of much fanfare and speculation after it was posted and then quickly removed from the Facebook page of Dubai-based photographer Paul Aiken on Thursday.
Here it is:
As you can tell, there is good reason for it to go viral. Not only does the VJ-turned-TV star look stunning but the photo is also indicative of Mawra’s look in her upcoming Bollywood film. And when contacted, she confirmed that the picture was indeed part of a photoshoot for her debut movie.
“This is not the official poster. It’s one of the shots from the shoot,” she told The Express Tribune from Mumbai where she is currently busy working on the film. As to the removal of the photo from Paul Aiken’s Facebook page reportedly due to negative comments on the post, Mawra clarifies: “It has been removed because the press release has been delayed by a week. There’s no other problem.”
She also revealed that her debut Bollywood film will feature Telegu actor Harshvardhan Rane opposite her. This will also be Harshvardhan’s first Hindi film. He was earlier supposed to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone starrer (and now superhit) film Ram Leela but that didn’t work out.
Mawra and Harshvardhan
According to a Times of India report published in March 2014, Harshvardhan’s debut Hindi film is titled Satra Ko Shadi Hai which is to be produced by John Abraham. Whether Mawra is part of the same film or not is unclear.
“All the details will be shared at the film’s press event which will take place within this month insha Allah,” Mawra said. That is also when her film’s poster will be unveiled. The film is expected to be released in September this year.
“It’s a beautiful love story. I can’t wait till September,” she added. “It’s a beautiful love story. You may compare it with Aashiqui 2. I wish I could share more.”
Talking about her co-star, Mawra said that Harshvardhan is a tremendous actor. “He will win hearts in India as well as Pakistan.”
The cast and crew are headed to Cape Town in a couple of weeks for the final schedule of the film’s shoot. Meanwhile she is grateful for her fans’ love. “I am very proud of my fans and family’s constant support.”
But this is not it. Her debut film hasn’t even released, yet Mawra has already signed two additional film. Her other two films are also Bollywood projects. “I will share the details of my other two films after the press event of the first one,” she said. “I am learning new things everyday and I am more than thankful for getting to live my dream at this age.”
When asked if she would consider working in Pakistani films, Mawra said, “I want to do a film with songs and one that has a strong script. I haven’t come across any such projects in Pakistan.” She is quick to add though that she is proud of her sister Urwa who made her film debut with last year’s Pakistani blockbuster Na Maloom Afraad. “She is working on Pakistan’s best scripts while I work on my first love story here,” Mawra said.
“I will definitely work in a Pakistani film. But right now I have three films to deal with. Insha Allah as soon as I am done with them,” she concluded.