Born in Karachi - Pakistan, Bushra Ansari is the daughter of journalist and writer Ahmad Bashir. Following studies with Lahore's Lady Griffin School, she completed intermediate education at Lahore College for Women University and received a B.A. from Rawalpindi's Viqar un Nisa College for Women and completed her academic studies in late 1970’s.Bushra started her acting carrier as a child artist for Pakistan television as a nine year old and became a regular singer/performer for children's music show Kaliyon Kee Maala. Upon moving with her parents to Islamabad the(capital of Pakistan), she was selected by puppeteer Farooq Qaiser for his children's programme Kaliyaan, which featured the characters Uncle Sargam, Haiga, and Maasee Museebtay. Bushra voiced "Sharmeeli", the show's small lamb character, as well as providing singing voices for a number of the programme's other characters. Her first dramatic acting role was in one of Iqbal Ansari's productions and, in subsequent years, has appeared on TV shows, including Angan Terha, Show Time, Show Sha, Rang Tarang, Emergency Ward and the Saturday Night Live-styled sketch comedy TV series Fifty Fifty.Bushra has written drama serials and plays including Neeli Dhoop (her first script), Makaan and Kucch Dil nay Kaha. Her 2010 serial, Dil hai Chhota sa, produced by Geo TV under Iqbal Ansari's supervision, was the highest rated serial drama of that period, controversially dramatizing the Islamic marriage custom Nikah Halala.Also during the 1980’s, Bushra appeared in an advertising campaign with her daughter for Pampers diapers and, in 2009, she was seen in singer Amanat Ali's music video from his album Kohram.Busra Ansari has won numerous awards, including the Pride of Performance Award in 1989 as well as presidential award from Pervez Musharraf and a Women's Achievement Award from Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She has hosted the Geo TV Sunday television show Brunch with Bushra, which featured in depth personal conversations with personalities from sports, show business, and politics, with particularly wide publicity generated by her interview with political leadership figure Altaf Hussain. She has also won PTV Awards for Best Actress. Bushra Ansari is also an accomplished actress and has won accolades at nearly every year's Lux Style Award.By all means Bushra is remembered more as an actor as her screen persona and her expression and dialogue delivery on screen are a class act in itself. I would prefer to call her acting as a “power house”. As for me no female star comes even close, when one even tries to match her acting skills with others who are considered by many to be in the same league, as the variety of roles she has attempted on screen till date could speak volumes about her talent. She effortlessly seems to fit in any role given to her. Early this summer had a rare chance to meet here and talk to this living legend from Pakistan small screen. She to some extent is also concerned about the current hostile situation in Pakistan, but seems pretty positive that this nightmare will pass soon. Her brief stopover this summer in Ontario – Canada, she praised Indo – Pak Canadians and is amazed at some of the local talent she came to know of. I would wish Bushra and many more positive thinkers like her who not only tirelessly serve Pakistan under not very friendly circumstances/atmosphere at times, and salute their positive approach. In the end I repeat a phrase from my childhood memories that “always remain optimistic no matter how low the circumstances seem to be and always walk with your head high”. Pakistan Zindabad - Long live Pakistan. (Photo & text Akbar Warris. email: email@example.com)
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