Actor & Comedian
Bushra Ansari is a thespian par excellence. Her work on television has won her many accolades and awards from her peers over the years. She was one of the youngest in her field to be awarded the President’s award for Pride of Performance in 1989, and has since won many more including Nigar Awards, Graduate awards, Lux Style awards and Lifetime achievement awards from Pakistan Television and Hum Television Networks.
Her appearance on Pakistan Television’s play ‘Rishtay aur Raastay’ in 1978 was her first serious acting role which her husband, then just a friend at Islamabad TV station, convinced her to act in without her father’s knowledge since he forbade her to do anything but children’s programs. That experience gave her the confidence to explore her talent further and Pakistan Television’s telefilm ‘Drama 86: Raat Gaye’ won her an award for best actress in a serious role. The rest is history.
Singer & Compere
Bushra’s musical career started at the age of ten singing on radio and children’s programs. Being a self-trained singer learning from listening to Eastern Classical music,Bushra has made it very far with her melodious notes.
From singing jingles, to soundtracks to becoming a judge at Pakistan Idol, Bushra has grown as a singer. She calls music her first love.
Bushra’s experience working with legendary compere and writer Anwar Maqsood and comic genius Mion Akhtar on Pakistan Television’s show ‘Showtime’ encouraged her to explore her talent for hosting television programs. She became a part of this legendary trio to host many programs on PTV and also began developing her skill and talent to host on stage with live audiences as well. Her last talk show series “Brunch with Bushra” on GEO Television network featured more than a hundred episodes celebrating various personalities from film, television, sports, politics and more.
Bushra was introduced to the world as a writer with a drama called ‘Neeli Dhoop’ in 1994. What most people don’t know is that Bushra developed the story for her drama serial “Amawas” which was produced by her husband Iqbal Ansari. It was not until ‘Neeli Dhoop’ that she stepped out of the shadows and revealed her identity as a writer.
Bushra inherited writing talent from her father, Ahmad Bashir, who was a well-known writer, journalist and filmmaker. Inspired by her father, Bushra likes to focus, as a drama writer, on issues that are faced by our society but are mostly treated as trivial.
It was her realistic approach as a writer that lead to the success of dramas such as Makaan, Kuch Dil Ne Kaha and Meray Dard Ko Jo Zubaan Milay. Bushra has recently wrote another drama Pakeeza which is on air.