This week the multi-talented Bushra Ansari was Mahira Khan’s guest on The Lighter Side of life. A mellower episode as compared to the one featuring Ali Zafar, this one seemed to flow a lot more smoothly. Not sure if it had something to do with her personal equation with Bushra, but this time around Mahira appeared a lot more comfortable and sure of herself as she invited Bushra to share her memories of her rise to super stardom.
Most of their conversation revolved around stuff we’ve heard Bushra talk about many times before. The insight into her personal life was something new today. The thing I appreciated here was the positive vibe of the interview. I have seen other interviews where Bushra has invariably ended up dissing some writer or actor, leaving a bad taste in viewers’ mouths. Here, there was no such opening provided as the show focused solely on Bushra, her life and career and highlighted her many accomplishments.
Though I agree with most of the tareefs that Mahira lavished on Bushra their mutual love fest did get tiring after a point. The one place where I felt Mahira went overboard was when she was more than generous with her comments about Bushra’s writing. Yes, her Dil Hai Chota Sa and Kuch Dil Ne Kaha were indeed meritorious, but then what about her utterly disastrous Aadha Din Poori Raat (starring Mehreen Raheal and Mikaal Zulfiqar) and Mere Dard Ko Jo Zuban Mile, where her characters went through ever misfortune known to humankind? Definitely did not agree with Mahira there!
While overall the show made for a pleasant enough watch, I had two specific favorite moments. One, when during the turki-ba-turki segment Bushra nominated Fahad Mustafa for the title of Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (so true!) and the second was when Bushra hummed Geeta Dutt’s evergreen classic from Guru Dutt’s Kaghaz Ke Phool. How cute was Mahira as she hummed along with Bushra – loved it!
Finally, because its Mahira one cannot end without talking about her “look.” I loved her pinned back hair, subtle makeup, and the pink saree/gray blouse combo, but was not a fan of the way she draped it. Mahira, who is usually so comfortable with her sarees, seemed somewhat out of sorts here. What did you all think? Did you like this episode better than the last one? Looking forward to your comments!
Written by SZ~
TUC the Lighter Side of Life with Mahira ~ Bushra Ansari ~