Well known actor, Iqra Aziz recently opened up about a number of things during an interview with actor and host, Iffat Omar on a web show. The actress discussed everything from her childhood, to how she ended up in the television industry and how netizens have responded to her latest work, Jhooti. She also spoke about her recent marriage to Yasir Hussain, love, and all the things that need to be done to empower women in our society.
Iqra Aziz spoke about how there was much talk surrounding her marriage and all the speculation that came with it. She spoke about how everyone would ask her, “‘‘Are you dating? Are you together? Are you not?’ I wanted to get away from all that. And I figured that instead of craving for each other’s time we should just get married,” the Ranjha Ranjha Kardi actor explained.
She went on to explain how she is attracted to positive energy and anything that brings negative energy to her she tends to move away from it. She spoke about how she had wedding jitters at the time of her marriage but also that as soon as she arrived at the venue, she became the happiest person. “In fact, Yasir became more nervous than I was, which is a big deal because he rarely ever is,” said Iqra. She recalled how she didn’t even cry at the time of her Nikkah or rukhsati.
“I told everyone to not play any sad music because it was a happy occasion. I come from a family where no man has ever supported us so I was never the emotional kind,” the actor revealed. The Jhooti actor lost her father when she was aged 12 and so explained how her mother and elder sister had brought her up. “I don’t even have a brother. I’ve been surrounded by such strong women and we all did everything ourselves. So I never had to be emotional or rely on anyone,” she confessed.
Reminiscing how her mother would always prioritise her education, Iqra revealed how it took her elder sister to convince her mother to leave her studies and let her act.
“They told me I could only take a year off from my studies and in that time if I could convince everyone that I’m a good actor then I could continue,” revealed the starlet.
The Suno Chanda actor also disclosed that she has always picked the characters she wanted to play without any advice from anyone else. “I’ve always felt that the damsel in distress can never be the only representation of a girl. There are bigger, more important narratives in her life,” she said.
The conversation then swiftly moved to the serious topic of women being protected in our society. “Last year the slogan negating how women are supposed to sit became very popular in our Aurat March – and I loved it. But I feel that’s a conversation we need to have with our elders. That mindset is deep-rooted,” she explained. She went on to discuss the abuse women suffer on a daily basis and that focus needs to be turned on their education so they can identify abuse.
She further asserted that a rapist needed to be hung publicly so that he could be made an example of. “We need to publicly execute rapists. People may have varying opinions on this matter but I believe that a person who is capable of rape can never live among other people without being a threat,” she said. She concluded her char by saying that a public display of consequences is what would bring the crime to an end. “You need to make an example of a rapist so others like him can never dare to do what he did,” she emphasised.