Iqra Aziz Challenges Stereotypes: A Woman’s Life Doesn’t End After Motherhood
“We need to dispel the notion that a woman’s life comes to an end after giving birth,” asserts Iqra Aziz, echoing her husband Yasir Hussain’s candid approach. In a recent interview with BBC Urdu, the Suno Chanda star candidly discussed societal expectations and stereotypes surrounding motherhood, shedding light on her personal experiences during pregnancy. Addressing the negativity she encountered, Aziz remarked, “Perhaps older generations have ingrained in us the belief that once you become a mother, your life is limited to that role.” Despite discouraging comments, she expressed her love for children and her family-oriented nature, eagerly anticipating the joys of motherhood.
Shifting gears to her current on-air drama, Mannat Murad, where Aziz takes the lead role, she emphasized her trust in the production house led by Asad Qureshi and Abdullah Kadwani. Having previously collaborated on Khuda Aur Mohabbat season 3, Aziz had no reservations about taking on their project, provided she resonated with the script. She underscored the importance of portraying the realities of family life, steering away from the conventional blame-game narrative and focusing on the dynamics of building relationships and families in dramas.
Adding a touch of humor to the interview, Aziz shared a delightful anecdote about teasing her co-star Talha Chahour with tempting food choices, showcasing the camaraderie developed on set. Discussing the broader issue of how the industry portrays women’s lives post-marriage, Aziz passionately advocated for showcasing that a woman’s story doesn’t conclude after tying the knot. She emphasized the significance of depicting the period when a woman navigates love, adjusts to her new life, and temporarily puts her dreams on hold, viewing it as a positive aspect.
Delving deeper into her character Mannat, Aziz revealed her personal connection to the role, stating, “I relate a lot. Maybe in actual life, I faced fewer difficulties than my character of Mannat is facing. Mannat is striving hard to attain her love. I identify with the ambitious and joyful aspects of the character. I’ve learned a lot from Mannat.”
The interview took a personal turn when Aziz opened up about her break from the industry after the birth of her son, Kabir. Acknowledging the challenges, she admitted, “The most difficult part for me was leaving Kabir after his birth. It was my first project where I had to be away.” Addressing rumors circulating on social media about her stepping back in her career after Kabir’s birth, Aziz clarified, “I didn’t want to make the peak of my career an excessively ambitious pursuit. It’s my choice. I need to give some time to my life,” emphasizing her commitment to prioritizing personal happiness over career milestones.
In a concluding reflection on her choices, Aziz asserted, “Before Yasir, I used to work every Sunday. I started working at a very young age. But now, I want to relax and enjoy myself for a while. This is my first child, and I want to make this time unforgettable.”