‘We know what goes into our craft’: Rubina Ashraf defends show ‘Kya Drama Hai’

Mahnoor Jalal

Mahnoor Jalal


Veteran actress Rubina Ashraf recently gave an interview to Fuchsia Magazine where she addressed the criticism on her show ‘Kya Drama Hai’ that it hurls unnecessary bullying on actors.

Speaking on the YouTube channel, the actress said she knew this would happen when they started the channel because there has never been a platform where actors provided critical analysis on television shows. “But that was the beauty of it,” said the ‘Do Bol’ actress. “When they got in touch with me and told me about this show, I said yes immediately and didn’t even ask if I would be paid.”

“I’ve been dying to work on such a show. This is the need of the times,” stressed Rubina. “This is something that should have started long ago. A person from within the acting fraternity who has worked here for a long time, they wouldn’t offer their personal opinion but will only point out certain places where there was need for technical improvement. They should offer their analysis in a careful manner because they will be questioned for their critiques by all the other actors who work with them, maybe even stop recieving job offers in the future.”

Addressing the criticism, Rubina said veteran actors like her who have worked in the field for a long time, are experts who can offer advice on how to improve television dramas because they’re the only ones who know how much time and effort goes into making them. She gave a comparison to ex-cricketers who are invited on online platforms to offer opinion about on-going games and the current players.

Why do they offer such advice? They’ve been there, they’ve done that. They’re coming from that circle, and so are we. If you and I sit down to discuss a drama then I would know better about the errors…We know what goes into our craft and how much effort actors have to work incredibly hard to deliver the performance, but it is our responsibility to meet the audience’s expectations.”