Bushra Ansari on the misconceptions surrounding a star's life

Veteran star spoke about the public’s perception of celebrities having a seemingly perfect life

Entertainment Desk November 16, 2021

In May this year, Bushra Ansari and Asma Abbas’s sister, actor Sumbul Shahid passed away in Lahore recently after battling Covid-19 for weeks. Sumbul was fighting for her life on the ventilator after contracting the deadly virus. Both Bushra and Asma had been consistently requesting their fans to make a prayer for her health.

Ansari, previously, spoke about dealing with the passing away of a loved one in a lengthy Instagram post. Now, in a recent appearance at Wasim Badami's show, the Dolly Ki Ayegi Baraat star shared how her mother still hasn't learned about Sumbul's demise. "My mother won't be able to get through the grief," Ansari told Badami.

"We have told her that Sumbul is stuck in San Francisco and all the flights have been cancelled due to Covid-19." She then revealed how she would speak to her mother on call, pretending to be Sumbul, since their voice is quite similar. "My mother's almost blind, she can't really tell the difference between us anymore. But her mind is still sharp," she added. "Our priority right now is to keep her well. Our lives have changed, it's hard to wrap our heads around it."

Badami went on to add how it's a common perception that artists seemingly have a perfect life, with no issues whatsoever. "When I hadn't stepped into this industry, that's what I used to think as well. It is rather immature to have that train of thought that celebrities have no difficulties," he shared.

To this, Ansari intervened and commented, "A few months after Sumbul passed away, there was a wedding of a dear friend's grandson. She called me and told me, 'I've been hearing your grief-stricken voice for a very long time. I don't want to see you like that anymore. You will do nothing but enjoy at the wedding.' So, I danced with Azaan, he's like my own child. People made such a fuss about it too."

She concluded, "We [celebs] still try to keep our emotions intact. We try to not let them overcome. But we're humans as well."

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