Pakistani actor Faysal Qureshi has appeared in an interview recently and touched upon how careers of female actresses in the industry suffer after they get married and have children.
While being interviewed by BBC Urdu’s host Barak Shabir, the star said he thinks that women in the showbiz work just fine until they get married and, later, have children. “I think it’s because women end up getting married and taking care of their children, so it’s more difficult for them [to continue their careers].
He gave examples of his previous co-stars, including Sunita Marshall, Shaista Lodhi, and Savera Nadeem. They would actively take care of their kids while being on sets rehearsing their lines.
He said, “When I worked with Sunita [Marshall], she would always be worried about her kids. Shaista [Lodhi] would always be on the phone and tell me how she didn’t know how to focus on work. When we were doing Baba Jani with Savera [Nadeem], she’d have [her children on video] the entire time. She’d be taking care of her kids and doing scenes at the same time.”
He then compared a man’s responsibility with a woman’s in marriage while running their homes. He said, “Women are burdened a lot more. Men say they are running the house, but the women do the actual work. Even if she is an actor, she’ll be looking at the kids and groceries and whatnot at the same time.”
This, of course, takes a toll on their careers. They are no longer their priority as their children take that spot.
Qureshi also stated the example of new parents Iqra Aziz and Yasir Hussain from the industry. He said, “This is an issue with female actors, they work fine until they are married. Even if you look at Iqra [Aziz], you notice how she’s taken on less work ever since she had a baby.
He added, “She is a phenomenal actor. When I asked her why she told me she had to take care of her child. Yasir [Hussain] is banging out projects one after the other.”
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