Shaan calls for a ban on Mawra Hocane for supporting Phantom

Published: August 29, 2015
Actor created a trend and it gained traction faster than Mawra could delete her tweets.

Actor created a trend and it gained traction faster than Mawra could delete her tweets.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but what happens when it causes a stir and turns your people against you. Case in point: Shaan’s reaction to Mawra’s tweets in support of the controversial film Phantom.

Earlier this week Hamza Ali Abbasi and Shaan spoke up against Saif’s statement of losing faith in Pakistan after his film was banned in the country.

They lobbied against the Bollywood star and gained support from multitudes of Pakistanis who shared similar sentiments.

Read: Hamza Ali Abbasi responds to Saif Ali Khan’s anti-Pakistan rant

However, one local celeb, Mawra Hocane, didn’t manage to gain support of fellow Pakistanis after she tweeted in favour of the film:

Read: Faithless Saif needs to find a life beyond Pakistan: Shaan

In fact, she garnered quite a lot of hate and soon enough, deleted her tweets. Unfortunately for this damsel, distress was not far because when Shaan came across her tweets, he was not happy…

He started a trend #banmawra and it didn’t take long for people to respond on Facebook:

Some even showed their personal vendetta towards the actress:


One looked at his new found hero. Where was his status update when it was needed the most?

Some questioned her nationalism:

If that wasn’t enough, Twitter was full of hateful tweets for the actress:

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Reader Comments (72)

  • Shahid
    Aug 29, 2015 - 2:35PM

    I support Shaan on this. Such ‘liberals’ need to be kicked out.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Aug 29, 2015 - 3:09PM

    Fine. Us liberals should leave the country voluntarily. A country which equates a movie against terrorism as a movie against Pakistan, and whose educated citizens equate support for such a movie as supporting enemies of Pakistan, doesn’t deserve the tears and blood liberals shed for it.Recommend

  • Ali Rizvi
    Aug 29, 2015 - 3:13PM

    What is funny is that people calling it anti-Pakistan have not even watched it. Shaan (Gujjar) needs to understand that someone cannot be banned for having a different point of view.Recommend

  • Pakistani Dude
    Aug 29, 2015 - 3:32PM

    I support Shaan. Mawra’s remarks seems like a publicity stunt to get work in Bollywood.Recommend

  • Sheisyoung
    Aug 29, 2015 - 4:05PM

    Guys, Mawra is very very young. She does not understand what she is saying. We all made mistakes in her age. Please ignore what she said. She is hardly between 20-22 years of age.Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 29, 2015 - 4:13PM

    I support Mawra…..
    She is absolutely right decide after seeing the film…Anti-Pakistan or not-anti…first we need to see the film…..
    They banned Waar without seeing it and we did same with Phantom.. Tit for Tat…
    If Phantom Anti-Pakistan definitely should be banned..But before watching the film and saying Anti-Pakistan isint logical…..Recommend

  • Another Pakistani
    Aug 29, 2015 - 4:16PM

    She is young to not understand but old enough to act in bollywood films? #RIPLogicRecommend

  • Another Pakistani
    Aug 29, 2015 - 4:21PM

    @Ali Rizvi @Haider @Uzair

    Where were you guys when Bin Roye and Waar were banned in India? Why don’t you people raise voice when Pakistanis are killed by Indians on the border? Where goes all the liberalism then? Understand the difference between liberalism and patriotism. It is good to be liberal but at the cost of the dignity of your country. its not.
    ET guys, I hope this get published. Allow us ‘conservatives’ to express our point of view as well. Recommend

  • Aug 29, 2015 - 5:02PM

    I would rather follow Marwa’s example – say no to hate. She has the most mature opinion in my book. Recommend

  • Prada
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:02PM

    @Another Pakistani: Bin Roye was NOT banned in India. It screened in many cities all over India. It was only removed from screening in Mumbai because of protests. Waar was never released in India. So there was no question of a ban.Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:04PM

    I think more than the movie, its saif’s comments which have stirred up the controversy. Watching a movie or not is everyone’s personal choice and mawra should not have probably said that, “this is what everyone should do”. Rest her tweets made sense and were generic. But imho, saif’s comments were enough to NOT watch his movie in principal. That’s my take mashaALLAH and everyone is entitled to their opinion :)Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:16PM

    @Another Pakistani
    You should see comments and I have been sharing my views on border issues for quite sometime…
    Coming onto Waar i have even said above they banned without seeing it….We did same for Phantom…Bin Roye banned in Mahrashtra bcoz of Shiv Sena while Hafeez Saeed did the same with phantom….Tit for Tat continues…
    Whats wrong is wrong…..Banning Phantom as Anti-Pakistan film is right but without seeing it is wrong…..We had to give msg that tit for tat shouldnt continue…..
    I am Patriotic but at the same time I ll stand for What is wrong whether its by India or PakistanRecommend

  • Zaib-un-Nissa Jahanara
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:17PM

    The liberal agenda has always operated to specifically undermine God, country, military and family. Mawra Hocane is typical of those who wear our faces, speak our accent and seek to legitimise their perverse views under the context of being open minded and objective – all the whilst playing to a crowd who will ultimately reward her financially in one way or another. #sell out Recommend

  • Noumaan Siddiq
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:20PM

    Ali Rizvi, that was the most racist comment,, calling Shaan by his role in the movies,,, which means sick people like you take GUJJAR as some lower class of people or people who are not civilized. It is shameless and arrogant people like you who are uncultured and uncivilized and your lot deserves to be kicked out of this beautiful country and sent to India.Recommend

  • Sussh
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:26PM

    It was just a fame gaining stunt……Recommend

  • Yes I said it
    Aug 29, 2015 - 5:31PM

    And yet hypocritical Pakistanis will flock to watch Bollywood every.single.time!

    People please, its just a movie. How about everybody man up and start paying taxes to prove how “patriotic” you are. Otherwise, kindly know this. Pakistanis like Indians have a very bad taste in movies generally. Sure sometimes both sides come up with amazing stuff but most of the times plebians be watching garbage !!!Recommend

  • Miristan
    Aug 29, 2015 - 6:15PM

    Say no to Marwas dramas,TV shows or any move. We do not want to see any un petriatic Pakistani. Period. She should keep her pro India to her self.Recommend

  • Sazid kahn
    Aug 29, 2015 - 6:18PM

    She is not Speaking but Bollywood money is Speaking to get some promotion in media..Recommend

  • Atif
    Aug 29, 2015 - 6:40PM


    Just few weeks ago, as per Indians opinion, mawra was yet another terrorist begging for work in India, now suddenly she turns into a mature darling for Indians.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 29, 2015 - 7:20PM

    Even if movie is anti Pakistan, there is no harm in watching it. We watch so many video clips, TV news, read news and stories which are against Pakistan but have never stopped loving our country. Why wouldn’t I watch a movie because a stupid guy has declared it anti Pakistani even without watching it? Why we follow these disgusting illiterate people who have no clue about freedom of speech and expression. In many civilized nations, movies are made and watched which are against their own country but they tolerate them.
    Shaan and others like him have proved that there is no distinction between terrorism and Pakistan, which in my view was real aim of Indians. Congratulations to India.Recommend

  • sana
    Aug 29, 2015 - 7:32PM

    Pakistani censor board decided to ban after watching the copy submitted for censor.
    Even Nobel prize winner MSF is outraged over wrong portrayl of aid worker in the movie. The movie makers did not do their home work before making the movie to cash in the hype.Recommend

  • sana
    Aug 29, 2015 - 7:36PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    when you watch a news or read it in paper or on net you do not endorse it. Paying money will be endorsing it and people who do not want to watch it , if they are in majority then it gets banned. isn’t democracy about majority making the decision.??Recommend

  • Raisani
    Aug 29, 2015 - 7:58PM

    who’s she by the way? n y people have created hype ?Recommend

  • Waqar
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:07PM

    Please, Mawra is just trying to get some attention and publicity for herself by going against the grain of public opinion in this country. Just a cheap attention-grabbing tactic by Mawra. But yes, she should be banned for promoting herself in such a manner at the country’s expense.Recommend

  • Saman
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:15PM

    Dear ET, there is this thing called journalistic ethics, which entails hiding the names of private commentators on social media in order to protect their right of privacy. Who gave you the right to plaster their names and comments without their permission on a national newspaper?Recommend

  • Nosheisnot
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:20PM

    “Guys, Mawra is very very young. She does not understand what she is saying. We all made mistakes in her age. Please ignore what she said. She is hardly between 20-22 years of age.” — You are wrong. She knew exactly what she was doing with such a cheap antic to get work in Bollywood. When you are a public figure, your age does not excuse your offensive stupidities.Recommend

  • Yessheis
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:22PM

    You are right, but anyone who cannot properly spell “Hussain” has no business publicly declaring their stances on an Indian movie and its political dimension.Recommend

  • MJ
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:26PM

    @Sheisyoung: btw she is around 23-24 :pRecommend

  • Zeeshan
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:30PM

    Mawra Hussain, are you aware that the international charity MSF is going to sue the makers of Phantom on the grounds that it endangers the lives of aid workers and medics in war-torn countries and developing countries? You are against terrorism, Mawra? Well, then why are you supporting a movie that gives terrorists ideas by portraying aid workers as spies and counter-terrorist operatives, thus putting the lives of real aid-workers living with real threats in the real world? You are pro-humanity? What about the humanity of those aid workers who will now be in greater danger thanks to one Bollywood producer? Consider all that next time you decide to make even one more public statement about that movie.Recommend

  • MJ
    Aug 29, 2015 - 8:30PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    do you even realize it movies affect generations in a long run??Recommend

  • Zif
    Aug 29, 2015 - 9:03PM

    It’s not about being liberalist it’s about being nationalistic. Being liberal doesn’t mean you denounce your country. I’m a liberal and to me my country, Pakistan is always first.Recommend

  • SaneVoice
    Aug 29, 2015 - 9:10PM

    I don’t think that Marwa has done anything outrageous, but she should have respected the Pakistani sentiments, which she didn’t and now she will have to face the public’s wrath.Recommend

  • Timorlane
    Aug 29, 2015 - 9:31PM

    @Haider: Would india allow showing a Pakistani movie in which a commando from

    Pakistan goes to eliminate the hindu terrorist mastermind behind the burning of Samjhota

    Express who has been released and protected by indian courts and government ???Recommend

  • Zaib-un-Nissa Jahanara
    Aug 29, 2015 - 9:58PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    You state that there is no harm in watching an anti-Pakistani films.

    By watching the film, it acts to signal to the film makers that demonising Pakistan pays dividends and finances further systematic gutter level nadir of the Indian war machine. You are paying for the privilege to push a doctrine which is misleading people with fabrication, exaggerations and distortions to portray Pakistan as a provacateur and India as everything righteous – so far from reality!
    Such is India’s totalitarian reach, Pakistanis like you are growing increasingly accepting to the growing susceptibility of india’s bastions of violence that encourages the only logical solution; war.
    Pakistanis need to understand that every conflict is fought on at least 2 grounds, on the battlefields and the minds of people via propaganda. Recommend

  • bryn
    Aug 29, 2015 - 10:04PM

    Phantom has got many negative critics even people in India have disliked the movie except for the jingoistic lot who love to see anything against Pakistan. The film does not deserve so much attention . To all Pakistanis get a life beyond India . Recommend

  • Suhail
    Aug 29, 2015 - 10:19PM

    May God protect Pakistan from patriots like Shaan, Hamza Abbasi & those who support them #HyposRecommend

  • mohamad
    Aug 29, 2015 - 10:30PM

    You know what, the girl has some guts…Kudos young lady.The movie describes a truth the world already knows,it does project an agency rule some may differ with….For me SAK is better of with Race likes.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 29, 2015 - 10:44PM

    @sana: How can we watch a movie without paying it first? Watching free is theft, which most of us do without realizing it. You may not but somebody is paying your cable bill, internet, newspapers which are full of anti Pakistan propaganda. Paying to watch something doesn’t mean we are endorsing it. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 29, 2015 - 11:29PM

    Everyone has a right to his / her opinion ………… INCLUDING MARWA HOCANE.
    I fully support Marwa Hocane because what she says is both logical ans sensible.Recommend

  • Wierdity
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:05AM

    People don’t understand whats happening here. Shaan, the ultra liberal, is saying that a movie that attacks terrorism is an attack against Pakistan, thus implicitly saying that Pakistan is terrorism. How more liberal can you be?Recommend

  • voice of Pakistam
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:46AM

    Who’s this woman?

    Sounds like desparate to

    garner some publicity cheapRecommend

  • hamza
    Aug 30, 2015 - 12:50AM

    I agree with Mawra’s tweets on extent of terrorist does not belong to any country & terrorist is a terrorist. I was gonna watch the movie & Decide if its anti-Pakistan or anti-terrorism but after Saif disrespected Pakistan Its not about anti-Pakistani or anti-terrorism now its about no Pakistani should be siding with Saif Or his film now Period. Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:14AM

    A befitting response.Recommend

  • Lol
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:18AM

    Shaan is the epitome of fanatic extremism
    He has only Anti-Indian rants to gain publicity
    Does he realize making such incendiary statements could ruin the young (liberal and rational) girls life?Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:24AM

    In my view films like phantom should be strictly banned in Pakistan…..well done censor board.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:36AM

    A similar movie by Pakistan would be banned in India and I will have no regret. You do not have to see the movie in full to know whether it is antipakistan. Glimpses shown as ads on TV can give you good idea about the film. Recommend

  • sunny
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:44AM

    I support shaan comments.Ban Marwa Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:46AM

    Unfortunately this girl has no sense of self respect or respect for her country. Hope she understand things better as she grows.Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:47AM

    Ban on Mawara? What does Shan mean by that? If he has the freedom to make propaganda films funded by ISPR like Waar and Yalghaar, let them make their. We banned it becasue of it’s content, that’s all. If someone has an opinion on a movie an wants to watch it you can’t stop them. Why does it make them less of a Pakistani. And who is Shan to demand a ‘ban’ on someone. People should stop with all this internet per beth kar patriotic bannay wala nonsense. Shan should probably stop with the free publicity of YalgharRecommend

  • Blithe
    Aug 30, 2015 - 2:05AM

    Don’t worry , her uncle will come to the rescue . He is also very active on TwitterRecommend

  • Muhammad Hammad
    Aug 30, 2015 - 2:30AM

    Hey guys.. Well, everyone has their own opinion. Being a patriotic i do dislike her opinion too. But you see, our country is democratic. We have the freedom of speech. And if mawra says sth like this it is her point of view. Don’t argue with your fellow citizens over it. Such movies can divide us amongst ourselves. And everyone who still wants to watch it.. I would recommend a pirated version because i hope no one would want to spend their money on a movie which has been accused to be anti pakistani. And this way you wouldn’t bring benefit to their industry and get entertained as well. Recommend

  • jerry
    Aug 30, 2015 - 3:14AM

    Mawra has bigger balls to speak the truth, than all the hate spewing Talibans here, put together. God Bless You girl. Recommend

  • Shahid Kinnare
    Aug 30, 2015 - 4:54AM

    I have always seen Shan as rightist, and one of thing that rightist do not understand that Pluralism should be welcome in society. I fully support marwa Hocane. Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 30, 2015 - 5:24AM

    It was banned in Maharashtra region which makes 60% of business and Waar was banned….
    No Censor Board didnt ban the movie highcourt did
    Your answer is No and Pakistan should also ban Anti-Pakistan movies..But they should have banned after seeing the film rather than on petition of Hafiz Saeed….At least see the film before banning that i is what i meanRecommend

  • anita turab
    Aug 30, 2015 - 5:57AM

    Intolerance at its best. No one has seen the film. Mawra is not supporting the movie either if anyone bothers to read her tweets and yet fatwas and condemnation start pouring in. How quickly everyone jumps the bandwagon to start virtual mob lynhing. Just shows intolerance is not just confined to mullah brigade. Most people here are short sighted and pea brained. The film shold have been ignored and that would be the end of that.Recommend

  • hamzadafaqui
    Aug 30, 2015 - 8:20AM

    Why does this westoxicated slave spells HUSSAIN as Hocane?….desire to look gora…

    No shame, no self respect, no honor….such scum should be ignored and ostracised from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asif N Siddiqui
    Aug 30, 2015 - 9:06AM

    In India anything to do with Pakistan is looked upon with contempt and disdain! They might be appreciating our singers but they won’t accept that they are Pakistanis, they might like our television dramas but again they will not give them the status which we give to their Bollywood flicks! They don’t play cricket with us for the sole reason that they simply can’t tolerate loosing from us! They don’t even like Imran Khan since they know he is a man of character who of course they wouldn’t want to rule Pakistan! In this kind of a scenario it will be better if we respond likewise!Recommend

  • iMSorry4U
    Aug 30, 2015 - 9:57AM

    I am a liberal-hard core but I agree with Shan and am not with Bollywood Pak-Defaming movie. Your favorite bollywood didnt say “They are against any country who support terrorism”, Ms. Hocane! They are pushing the agenda of war against Pakistan to become common in public. Its related to Kashmiri struggle for freedom and Indian claim over Azad Kashmir and Pak Chin Economic corridor which Modi already said “will not happen while he is in power”. They are beating war drums there, it’s not about an innocent movie. Go to Sialkot or Charway LOC sister, where they are shooting innocent villagers daily.Recommend

  • Aimless
    Aug 30, 2015 - 10:54AM


  • Aimless
    Aug 30, 2015 - 10:57AM

    20 and 22 age is not too young lol….Recommend

  • Syed Sami
    Aug 30, 2015 - 10:57AM

    Dear Mawra,

    Its not always as easy to twist the facts as changing Hussain to Hocane.Recommend

  • abhi
    Aug 30, 2015 - 1:43PM

    So much for changing Pakistan. Cannot even hear one voice of reason.Recommend

  • Riza
    Aug 30, 2015 - 4:00PM

    All of you who are supporting an anti-Pakistan movie under the cover of opposition to terrorism should hold your horses until Bollywood produces a movie about a retired Bangladeshi soldier launching a covert counter-terrorism strike inside India against the terror group Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangldesh which launches attacks on Bangladesh from its bases in India. That will be the litmus test of Bollywood’s sincerity in producing anti-terrorism rather than anti-Pakistan movies.Recommend

  • Bajwa
    Aug 30, 2015 - 4:05PM

    Has Mawra Hokeen deleted those tweets of hers?Recommend

  • vijay
    Aug 30, 2015 - 9:45PM

    @Another Pakistani:

    FYI , Bin Roye and Waar is not banned in India. Pakistani should find proper distributor for release their movies . Its economics not politics . As regards Bin Roye Only in Maharashtra it was one political party opposed not Government . Producer can still release the movie anywhere in India. Earlier one or two pakistani movies release but could not make any impact at Box office hence incurred loss . Even many low budget Hindi movies don’t get released in India. Recommend

  • frm
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:01AM

    Come on people stop fighting. No one is saying to watch an anti Pakistan movie, if it really is anti Pakistan. But since we can’t decide it without watching so we shouldn’t comment in its favor or opposition either. So those who don’t wanna watch, then don’t; and those are watching it just as another movie, they can.

    Ads and trailers are made to attract the audiences as much as it can, they are clipped, edited and non sequenced, so they can’t give a proper context. May be (I’m not saying it is) the movie makers wanted to make it look like anti Pakistan (from ads and trailers) to get Indian people in cinema, only to know later that its against terrorism not Pakistan.

    And above all patriotism is not just banning something against our country, or supporting our team in the field. While we are practically destroying it 24×7 with lour lies, deception, dishonesty, injustice, corruption (in every possible sense), usury and so on. If we really love our country first we need to recognize our faults, admit them and eliminate them.Recommend

  • Chursy
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:11AM

    As per the initial review, the movie is a flop and I believe said knows that. His remarkable seem to be aimed at creating controversy to get some attention. Recommend

  • ask
    Aug 31, 2015 - 9:00AM

    I am impressed by the maturity shown by young Mawra Hocane. Quite a few of my jingoistic fellow-Indians too would do well to learn from her. Recommend

  • Majid
    Aug 31, 2015 - 11:14AM

    When’s your flight? :)Recommend

  • Shah
    Aug 31, 2015 - 1:48PM

    @Another Pakistani: Superb :) Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:49PM

    The movie is against terrorism, not Pakistan. Pakistan is the home to several people. Not all are terrorists. In fact very few are terrorists, and looks like all of them are on the Internet attacking Mawra. So please, terrorists and those burning with nationalism, don’t consider a movie against terrorism a movie against Pakistan because terrorism and Pakistan is not the same thing.Recommend

  • Afzal
    Aug 31, 2015 - 8:57PM

    A movie against terrorism is not a movie against Pakistan. because all Pakistanis are not terrorists. in fact, very few are, and looks like all of them are on the Internet attacking Mawra.Recommend

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