Not one, not two, Mawra Hocane has signed three Bollywood films!

Published: June 5, 2015

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.

9am selfie. Off to the rehearsals. So early so happy! #MawraHocane #Mumbai #India

A photo posted by Mawra Hocane (@mawrellous) on

“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.”

Magnificent Mumbai. ✈️ #mawrahocane #worklife

A photo posted by Mawra Hocane (@mawrellous) on

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.

Post rehearsal face. Sad. Not. #MawraHocane

A photo posted by Mawra Hocane (@mawrellous) on

“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.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • PapaTango
    Jun 5, 2015 - 11:22AM


  • Jun 5, 2015 - 11:38AM

    Mawra is jst fabulous.. The next heartthrob of India..Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Jun 5, 2015 - 11:39AM

    Bollywood turning into Lollywood. PAF could never conquer Delhi but we sure are succeeding in conquering Bombay. Recommend

  • Atheist_Pakisani
    Jun 5, 2015 - 11:41AM

    First time hearing her name, but good for her! Hope she is successful across the border.Recommend

  • sarah tj
    Jun 5, 2015 - 12:20PM

    useing INSHAALLAH for working in Bollywood movie with this outfit is quite ironic.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 5, 2015 - 12:20PM

    Mawra is average in looks and talent. BW is not easy industry to compete and there are better actors there. She will not go far. Anyway, Good luck to her.Recommend

  • Iram
    Jun 5, 2015 - 12:40PM

    I watched her interview with Farah (ATV) she is in showbiz but still no sign of hypocrisy traced so bright chances of success.Recommend

  • Faizan Maqbool
    Jun 5, 2015 - 1:27PM

    Off to greener pastures, understandable. But what’s with the laser bulls eye on her forehead ??Recommend

  • Sohail Makda
    Jun 5, 2015 - 1:55PM

    Working in a B grade film which will definitely flop…Recommend

  • Asad S
    Jun 5, 2015 - 2:10PM

    3 films is a bit too much when you don’t know how your first film with a nobody would turn out.
    Should’ve given herself a few more years I’d say on television.Recommend

  • Naren
    Jun 5, 2015 - 2:34PM

    Be careful! After some time you will say we could not conquer any thing and lost so many Pakistanis to Bombay. Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jun 5, 2015 - 3:23PM

    @sarah tj:

    And you enjoying the same movies and then saying InshaAllah (to something “appropriate”) is better than that? It’s hypocrites like you who thoroughly enjoy all the drama serials, movies, music etc. but consider the performers of these arts as lesser humans, at least morally.

    Munafiqistan should have been the real name of our country. It’s everything but pure.Recommend

  • James
    Jun 5, 2015 - 3:43PM


    At the same time, putting your Quaid’s 2-nation theory to drain……Recommend

  • zain
    Jun 5, 2015 - 5:14PM

    as expected, it started with showing flesh and it will end with showing flesh
    be an actor or actress, keep in mind that you cant be an A category in India Recommend

  • OPM
    Jun 5, 2015 - 6:26PM

    Work in bollywood as much as you want but why shed clothes?
    Is nudity necessary to work and to be successful in Bollywood?
    There have been successful actresses known for the grace and high mindedness.

    WHY SHED CLOTHES?Recommend

  • Kiran Alim
    Jun 5, 2015 - 6:50PM

    Best of luck Mawra! When I saw her in “Yahan Pyar nahi hai” I knew she would be great! She’s a diva and she deserves all her success. For those complaining about showing flesh and what not, dont watch her movie then. Simple. But keep your morals to yourself and dont try to impose them on the rest of us as we are not interested. Good luck Mawra!Recommend

  • Sanam Chaudary
    Jun 5, 2015 - 6:59PM

    Nice to see Pakistani actresses branching out into Bollywood. Let’s face it, TV is the only proper medium in Pakistan – going to Lollywood is like signing a contract saying you will be a C-Level performer. Bollywood is way ahead of us in terms of standards so good on Mawra for taking the plunge and signing some films in Bollywood. As for the maulvi-wannabes talking about how this is not pure or flesh being shown, you will be the first ones to rent her movie or go to the cinema to see it so please put a lid on your hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Athur
    Jun 5, 2015 - 7:28PM

    We don’t want Indians, pro indian propaganda or any anti Pakistani element in the news outlets. Pro West (Russia, Canada, Europe, UK, US) is Ok but nothing from third world countries like India should be foisted upon us.Recommend

  • Aamir Dogar
    Jun 5, 2015 - 11:35PM

    @Sanam Chaudary:

    You are 100% correct. All the keyboard maulvis are the first ones to watch these supposed ‘flesh’ movies. Recommend

  • Why?
    Jun 6, 2015 - 1:03AM

    @James.Two Nation Theory is alive and kicking. Many of these across the border exports are going to figure it out sooner or later; that’s if they already don’t know. These folks do not represent the actual culture of Pakistan on ground. All we can do is ask for respect for women here and there.
    Plus doing business with India has no bearing on Two Nations Theory. Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Jun 6, 2015 - 2:24AM

    B-Town suits her Recommend

  • Sensible
    Jun 6, 2015 - 6:10AM

    Waiting for a time when someone would win Pakistan the Nobel prize laureates in sciences and academia. Recommend

  • Meet
    Jun 6, 2015 - 8:26AM

    @Karachiite: as always sound like a loser, so what your men couldn’t do you expect your girls to do, for a moment just forget that she is a Pakistani, she is a being first who is living her dream, best of luck to her, as for typical Pakistani psyche, m really sorry for you, you can never be a global person Recommend

  • Malik
    Jun 6, 2015 - 9:46AM

    She seems sooooo happy to be in India. All pakistanis are very happy to be in India. And she loves the songs and dance in Hindi movies… which most pakistani commenters make fun of… ha ha…Recommend

  • Kumar
    Jun 6, 2015 - 3:24PM

    She looks so happy and radiant! I hope she has a great future!!Recommend

  • Ummaima
    Jun 6, 2015 - 6:43PM

    the ones who are writing ” haters are the ones to see the movie just to watch her half dressed ” ……….. wake up people we live in a world where everything is open and shared by number of people .. we come across it and soon on tv they will show the trailer .. so we don’t know what will happen next . Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 6, 2015 - 8:26PM

    Heartbreaking that our stars lose their personality just for the sake of money, pride and fame.
    Being a part in vulgarity with bhangis.
    And you ruined the image of pakistanis by this act. A shame for the pakistanis all around the world, leaving a list of top quality dramas just for a telega movie. Recommend

  • Bobb Mack
    Jun 6, 2015 - 9:45PM

    @James: 2 nation theory was the best solution thanks to the attitude and role played by the congress politicians and their cronies. Presence of Pakistani artists in Bollywood is not meant for undoing the “theory”, it only indicates business between two states purely arranged between two parties. you will understand my point better if you can allow your thoughts to go a little further! Recommend

  • True Indian
    Jun 7, 2015 - 3:21AM

    Yeah, the grapes in India are very sour and you, my dear fellow, are speaking of “conquest”. Your madrassa brain does not comprehend the fact that Pakistani actors, sportsmen, medical patients, businesspeople, etc. are lining up to get entry into the gates of India because they have zero opportunities in their own “paradise” in which you also live, oh day-dreaming Karachite. India has to just slam the door in the face of all Pakistanis (including your sisters from Lollywood) and they will face the end of their careers and their search for the gold pot in India. Then, dear madrassa-man, you can continue your dream of conquering India. Recommend

  • JSM
    Jun 7, 2015 - 5:16AM

    Why do we let Pakistani actors come to work in India. They are a security risk (like Anupam Kher visiting Pakistan).

    ET Request publish it . Let our feelings be known.Recommend

  • ask
    Jun 7, 2015 - 7:47AM

    @Hassan: You’ve so evocatively mentioned “Being a part in vulgarity with bhangis.”. Incredible! I haven’t heard that word (‘bhangi’) being uttered for any human being by the educated in polite company, and I presume ET is polite company, for decades now in India. It is supreme irony that the country that had institutionalised untouchability has learnt to abhor it over time under influence from Islam, apart from Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity & Sikhism, and has shed that pejorative from daily vocabulary, while a Muslim from Pakistan still merrily uses it!Recommend

  • Janet Garcia - Texas USA
    Jun 7, 2015 - 10:18AM

    It is interesting to read the comments after all these years there is still a contest between India & Pakistan over the most childish things, instead of seeing the good in both countries some of the comments is like watching young children brawl about nothing. The exchange of talent is good for both countries India can appreciate the immense talent in Pakistan and as Pakistan already been enjoying the Bollywood films can we all wear our grown up shoes and stop with the bickering about two state solution, nudity, security risk support each other you all will enjoy it more !Recommend

  • Emjay
    Jun 19, 2015 - 8:49AM

    She didn’t learn a single lesson from Humaima. She is also going there to work in B grade films in BW while her career chart is rising in Pak. Now she’ll fail there and come back with her tail between her legs, as over half her fan base at home evaporates overnight and she will be called a B grade actress for life.Recommend

  • sara
    Jul 11, 2015 - 2:38PM

    everybdy thinks in a diffrent way.
    like pakistani actors are going to Bollywood , Bollywood actors are dying to do a hollywood movie. but all they get is minor roles atleast mawra is Doing 3 lead roles in a diffrent Town
    come on , Appreciate herRecommend

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