Veteran actress, playwright and Pakistan's favourite comedian, Bushra Ansari, was recently asked about her divorce in a candid interview by Ahsan Khan on his show Bol Nights.
Responding to Khan's question about whether Ansari consciously chooses not to talk about her divorce publically or whether she doesn't like to talk about it at all, an unfazed Ansari replied, "Actually, many years have passed since my divorce."
She continued, "Our clan—that includes my friends Rubina Ashraf, Samina Ahmed, Saba Hameed and even Uzma Gillani—had a good image and spent a fulfilling 'family life' with our children while being in showbiz, especially during our PTV days. So we have a drawing of a good family life, which is in front of everyone."
"But when there is a disturbance in that, and since I'm not the sort of who blames people and gets angry, I feel people get very perturbed about such things. I don't like discussing such things. For example, Jamal Shah and Faryal were such a great couple; even Tahira Saeed and Naeem Bokhari were such a beautiful couple. But when these couples separated, it broke people's hearts and saddened them."
"In truth, people don't know what the actual problems are between couples. And it's not that only actors go through such things, even bankers and doctors go through similar cases, male or female. So I felt when it came to such a personal issue, there was no need to share it with the entire nation."
Good on Ansari for talking about it on her own terms; even if you're a public figure, you have the right to keep aspects of your private life out of the public sphere. We all know that in the world we live in today, there is less if no clarity about what the bounds of privacy are. And in such a situation, the less said, the better.