Pakistan’s actress Mawra Hocane reveals that she has almost left the showbiz industry due to brutal online trolling.
In a recent interview, Mawra has shared that there was a time she was so disheartened by the trolls and hate on social media and decided to quit acting.
“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,” recalled the Sabaat starlet.
She reminisced how her co-stars would often inquire 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,” the actress continued.
But when asked about how toxic social media can be considering the importance it has been given today, especially for actors, 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 then you can raise it there, but if you have no voice, and no purpose, social media is useless,” added Hocane.
Referring to the criticism she has had to face and still faces sometimes, Hocane continued, “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 realised 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,’” recalled the Sanam Teri Kasam actor.
Hocane explained how at the time because her mind was so fragile, she couldn’t differentiate between the noise and the constructive criticism. She even recalled getting threats because of a mere slip of the tongue. “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 scared of it. I say ‘you know what? I am wrong! But are you really going to take my life for it?’” asked the celebrity.
She continued to relay how all the hate eventually disheartened her so much that she started giving standard responses in all her interviews.
Moreover, Mawra Hocane has around 6.1 million followers on Instagram.