Bushra Bashir was born on 15th May at the Lady Dufferin hospital in Karachi to parents Mehmooda Begum & Ahmad Bashir, a famous journalist, & filmmaker.
At the age of nine, Bushra made her television debut as a fairy on a live children's program 'Kaliyon Ki Maala.'Bushra would sing live along with acting and performing in the children’s program dressed as characters such as a fairy and princess.
Bushra with the team of the show. She was mentored by music teacher Amir Haidery (bottom right) whom she lovingly called Uncle Amir Haidery.
Encouraged by her father, Bushra started singing regularly and participated in college singing competitions.
After convincing her parents, Bushra performed as a singer and actor in a TV program, 'Kaliyaan,' from Islamabad. Kaliyan gave her the platform to show her abilities such as singing, acting & puppetry. She performed for her own puppet 'Sharmeeli' and sang songs for Maasi Museebtay
Bushra's first play 'Rishtay aur Raastay' was from Islamabad PTV station.. Director Iqbal Ansari encouraged her to perform despite restriction from the family.
On June 10, 1978 Bushra married Iqbal Ansari, a television producer of PTV Islamabad station.
Newspaper coverage of the wedding of the celebrated couple Bushra and Iqbal Ansari
Bushra in a scene from her second play "Ghar chat sa" in a drama series "Gharonday". Her husband, Iqbal Ansari, encouraged her to continue to act in dramas.
This article in an Urdu publication sums up Bushra's career highlights till 1979 after which her career reached new heights.
In July 1979, Bushra had her first baby, Nariman. After living in Islamabad for a year, Iqbal and Bushra decided to move to Karachi for better opportunities.
In Karachi, Bushra delved into theater acting and performed with well-known actors Javed Shaikh and Talat Iqbal.
Bushra on stage for her play "Chaltay Chaltay", written by Haseena Moin.
Bushra's big break through came as a comedic actor in a hit program 'Fifty Fifty' which was a magnum opus of a well-known director, Shoaib Mansoor. 'Bashira in Trouble' was one of the many skits that became popular.
Pyar Ki Aaas Maen Man Doley is one of Bushra's famous songs that was aired in the segmented TV show, 'Fifty Fifty.' The show initially showcased Bushra's singing talents only. This song was composed by Mujahid Hussain for the show.
It was in 'Fifty Fifty' that Bushra started doing parodies. Her Tahira Syed's mimic became an instant hit and Asma (Bushra's sister) along with Bushra were asked to perform mother-daughter singing duo Tahira & Malika Phukraj at the Silver Jubilee show at PTV
Bushra started getting noticed by the print media which often put her on magazine covers.
Bushra's interview in a magazine after she moved to Karachi, highlighting her early years on television and her married life.
Bushra on the cover of yet another magazine, Starlight, which was being published by a renowned TV actress Tahira Wasti.
Bushra started singing jingles as well. Her jingle for 'Naz Pan Masala' became an instant hit and is considered a classic. "I got 100 rupees to sing for the ad. They asked me to model in it but I said I would prefer singing a jingle at the time."
Bijli's character was satirical commentary on the issue of power shortage in the country. Bushra gave the character a hilarious bent through her acting and it became the most famous sketch of its time.This was one of the first times that Anwar Maqsood and Bushra worked together.
Bushra's TV career paved way for her modeling career. Bushra modeled with superstar Javed Sheikh. "Javed and I got Rs. 1500 modeling for this ad."
'Emergency Ward' was Bushra's first serious role at Karachi Tv station. The Herald magazine published a feature on the drama series.
Iqbal and Bushra decided to migrate to America. They moved to Buffalo, New York. Within two months, they realised that they had much more opportunity back in Karachi, and they returned.
Bushra sang this song composed by a legendary composer, Sohail Rana, in PTV's music program, 'Rang Tarang,' with a famous classical singer, Humera Channa. Bushra was lucky to work with big music directors such as Sohail Rana, Khalil Ahmed, Nisar Bazmi, Mujahid Hussain, Niaz Ahmed and Wazir Afzal.
In 1983 God blessed Bushra with another daughter, Meera. This is Bushra's picture a few years later on Meera's birthday.
One of the greatest highlights of Bushra's career is her acting in the comedic role of JahanAra in Anwar Maqsood's magnum opus, 'Aangan Terha' with actors Shakil, Saleem Nasir, Arshad Mehmood and Durdana Butt.
Bushra was cast by her husband Iqbal Ansari in his serial 'Karwan'. Her character as a journalist won her praise as a serious actress and allowed her to prove her versatility.
Bushra performed in a play 'Raat Gaye' written by Bano Qudsia and directed by Nisar Hussain. Bushra's transformation for her role as depicted in a magazine.
Bushra Ansari became part of a segmented comedy show called 'Showtime.' Anwar Maqasood wrote the script of the show. Anwar Maqsood, Bushra Ansari and Moin Akhtar co-hosted the show. It was in Showtime that Bushra started doing parodies of famous singers and stars.
Bushra's parody of famous personalities such as Salma Agha, Mussarat Nazir, Madam Noor Jehan and Tahira Syed, gave her immense recognition in the country.
Bushra's perfect parody of famous film star and singer, Salma Agha, won her many accolades. Salma Agha performed a song 'Aik Bar Milo Ham Say' for TV in her own peculiar manner which Bushra skillfully made a parody of in the form of 'Aik Chakkay kay Jawed ko'.
Bushra's parody of melody queen, Madam Noor Jehan, surprised people yet again and established her as a mimic unlike any other. Bushra used her famous song, 'Kali Kali Mandlaye Bhanwra, Kahin Bhi Chain Na Paaye' and made a parody of it in Noor Jehan's inimitable style into 'Bhali Buri Sunwai.'
Bushra performed another humorous portrayal of famous filmstar and singer Musarrat Nazir which became an instant hit. Bushra used Musarrat Nazir's famous Punjabi song, 'Mera Long Gawacha,' and made it into a parody, 'Mera Nawa Tamasha.' All these performances were created for the series "Show Time".
Bushra was awarded 'Best Actress' at the prestigious PTV Awards in 1986 for 'Raat Gaye' and her husband was awarded as 'Best Producer' for his serial 'Kaarwan'.
Bushra was awarded 'Best Actress' at the prestigious PTV Awards in 1986 for her role in 'Raat Gaye.' Bushra was ecstatic to get the most prestigious award as an actor in a serious role beating other two famous actresses, Bindya and Huma Akbar.
Bushra on the cover of 'Show Time' magazine in 1987.
Bushra continued hosting live shows and comic legend Moin Akhtar would often share the stage with her as co-host. They developed their very own brand of comedy.
Bushra's pictures with her daughters, Nariman and Meera, published in Women's Own Magazine.
Many people don't know that Bushra wrote the story of drama "Amawas". Her husband produced it and she played the central character.
Bushra hosted a series called 'Comedy Comedy' with co-host Rahat Kazmi. This series honoured the comedy greats of TV & film. It featured Lehri, Ismail Tara, & various other comics.
In 1989 Bushra went back to Islamabad as her husband was transferred to PTV Islamabad Centre again. ...
Bushra received Pakistan's most prestigious award called Pride of Performance presented by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.
Bushra continued her serious acting work at Islamabad PTV station. Bushra performed with Hassam Kazi in drama 'Sangchoor.'
Bushra acted in drama 'Sangchoor' and won critical acclaim.The story takes audiences through the intricacies of a fake relationship based on self-interest in modern society. Bushra deftly handles the role of a vulnerable woman in the relationship.This serial was directed by Iqbal Ansari.
Bushra continued exploring her theatre acting talent for live audiences. Bushra acted in a stage play with legendary comedian Umar Shareef.
Bushra re-invented herself yet again and recorded a music parody album which used popular English, Urdu and Minglish lyrics that she wrote herself. She styled herself as a young male rapper for the album cover and built the album around this persona.This was a completely new concept in Pakistani show business.
Bushra acted in one of her most famous plays 'Zara see Aurat' starring Shafi Muhammad and Behroz Sabzwari. The drama was written by Noorul Huda Shah and directed by Sultana Siddiqui. Bushra played the role of a devoted woman committed to an undeserving husband. The drama is considered one of the classics of PTV.
In 1994, Bushra dove into playwriting with her first script for the telefilm 'Neeli Dhoop'. A skill she inherited from her father who was a well-renowned journalist. She believes in realism and stories on can relate to.
Bushra talks about her writing career in an interview published in 'Men's Club' magazine.
Bushra talks about her writing career in an interview published in 'Men's Club' magazine.
Completing more than three decades in show business as an actress, singer, compere, and performer, Bushra in 'TV Times' magazine.
The trio of Bushra, Moin Akhtar and writer Anwar Maqsood got together for this special play for elections called 'Chun Chunao.' Witty dialogues of Anwar Maqsood and incomparable acting of Bushra and Moin Akhter made this a memorable drama.
'Loose Talk' brought the trio of Bushra, Anwar Maqsood and Moin Akhtar together. It followed a scripted talk show format in which the two actors appeared as guests satirising social issues, with the straight-faced host Anwar Maqsood.Do check out a few episodes of Loose Talk in our Video Archive.
Taking a break from 'Loose Talk,' Bushra got into writing drama serial 'Raj Hansni'. It is the story of a Hindu girl, living in United States, who falls in love with a Pakistani Muslim man and converts to Islam. Humayun Saeed, Angeline Malik & Shahood Alvi played major roles
After writing a few telefilms, 'Makaan' became Bushra's first written serial in which she also performed a serious role. The story revolves around the prejudiced attitude of a proud woman towards her family members. It was based on the true story of some of her relatives. She often drew her stories from the people in her life.
In 2005, Bushra wrote drama, 'Kuch Dil Ne Kaha,' which won her six nominations and two awards for Best Play and Best Actress at the Lux Style Awards. Bushra wrote, acted in, and sang the soundtrack for this serial.
Bushra takes pride in her ability to juggle her career and family. Bushra became a grandmother in 2006.
Bushra talks about her family in an interview as her life revolves around her daughters, grand children, and mother.
Bushra started hosting a celebrity show titled, 'Brunch with Bushra,' in 2007 and ended with more than 100 episodes in 2009. She interviewed well-known TV actors, film stars, sports personalities, singers, composers, and politicians.
In 'Dil Hai Chota Sa', Bushra explored another sensitive issue of divorce-marraige-remarraige (Halala) and also the life of immigrant Pakistanis in Spain. This drama was directed by Angeline Malik and stars Tooba Siddiqui, Faisal Qureshi, Mikaal Zulfiqar, Shabbir Jan, Shamim Hilali, and Asif Raza Mir.
Bushra performed a comedic role in 'Azar Ki Ayegi Barat.' She played the character of a wanna-be fashion designer, Saima Choudhry, from the industrial city of Faisalabad. Saima Chaudhry's character became an unprecedented hit, not only in Pakistan but also diasporic audiences all over the world.
Four decades of success in show business, Bushra continues to be on the cover of magazines.
Bushra played the role of a dominating middle aged woman living in New York in drama serial, 'Bilqees Kaur.' She played a conflicted character of a strong woman who keeps her family in line.
Bushra received 10th Lux Style award as Best Actress (Satellite) for drama, 'Dolly Ki Baraat.' Bushra posing with her award along with fashion designer, HSY.
Bushra wrote a drama serial 'Meray Dard Ko Jo Zubaan Milay' and also acted in it. She played the character of the mother of a son who was deaf and dumb. This was another serial in which Bushra tried to focus on issues such as physical disabilities, sexual abuse and class differences.
Bushra reflecting on her illustrious career and successful life in an interview published in February 2013 issue of 'She' Magazine.
"Music will always be my first love. No matter how busy I am, I always make it a point to record a song or two every year to keep this love alive." Bushra Ansari released her single 'Baadar Ray' with an accompanying video in which she collaborated with a rock guitarist Shallum Xavier.
Bushra performed with superstar Javed Sheikh at the 2nd HUM TV Awards ceremony on a medley of film songs. Bushra was also presented the Hum TV Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
Bushra was featured as a judge on Pakistan Idol's first season along with famous singers, Ali Azmat and Hadiqa Kiyani. Bushra was not only a judge but also sang various songs on the show.
First film role in Jawani Phir Nahin Aani
Second film appearance in Ho Mann Jahaan
Bushra's another one of the finest work, comes in the form of "Udaari". A serial which is on-air these days and NOT to be missed.
Bushra's another one of the finest work, comes in the form of "Seeta Bagri". A serial which is on-air these days and NOT to be missed.