Mawra Hocane Wanted To Leave The Country for Good!
Actress Mawra Hocane, recently revealed that there was a time when she was so overwhelmed by the trolling and hate speech on social media, that she fled the country and decided to quit acting altogether.
Sabaat actress Mawra Hocane spoke her heart out in an interview with Mira Sethi, she made it a point to talk about the time she started acting and joined the industry and the backlash she handled from audience on social media. She developed a fear of not being liked enough and was in constant turmoil trying to cope with her feelings, to the point that she wanted to leave the country and elope.
“I didn’t know a thing about Instagram, even though people credit me for being one of the first celebs to join it and start some sort of trend. For me it was just something I just enjoyed using. I was 19 when I started working. So I’d take pictures on the sets of my projects and upload them,” said the 28-year-old now established actress.
She re-called how her co-stars would often ask what she was doing, to which she’d tell them about ‘this app called Instagram’. “They all would just weird out because nobody thought it would become so big,” Hocaneadded.
Despite the fact that Hocane is one of the most followed actors on social media with 6.1 million followers on Instagram, she felt like an outcast.
When asked about how toxic social media can be considering the importance it has been given today, Hocane replied, “Like I said, when I had started working, Instagram was just another app. But as time went on, people started asking me to use this ‘platform’ to educate other actors and people. And I would tell them, social media, without us, is nothing.”
“I didn’t want to leave any wrong impression in the minds of people younger than me. And even if I stop working today, my social media account has no meaning. I just feel the more you work, the more you can use your social media to project that work. And if you want to raise an important issue than you can raise it there, but if you have no voice, and no purpose, social media is useless,” added the Sabaat actor.
Talking about her current state of mind and confidence she had developed over the years Hocane said, “I am getting used to it now, but six years ago it was very difficult. Like, if I am giving an interview right now, it is possible that I may say something wrong. But I realized five years ago that anything wrong that comes out of your mouth is no longer wrong when it reaches social media, it becomes a sin.”
“You can't even think about making a mistake, because you have been placed on a pedestal where you can’t say anything wrong. So the first time this hit me I was like, I want to stop using it. I want to stop acting and I just want to leave. And I actually went to Sydney and told my parents 'I don’t want to do this anymore,'” said the Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2 actress.
Hocane explained how at the time she was young and vulnerable, she took everything to heart and couldn't differentiate between hate and constructive criticism. She even spoke aboutreceiving death threats because of something casual she had said in an interview. “I told my parents people here want to kill me because I said something wrong. And even today I don’t want to defend myself, I am still scared of it. I say 'you know what? I am wrong! But are you really going to take my life for it?'”
“Are you still afraid?” asked Mira. “I think that fear has never left,” replied the Sanam Teri Qasam actress. Mawra Hocane has made a name for herself in the past few years but she still gets hate or harsh criticism on social media over a random interview or situation and wants people to stop being online bullies.