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Looks don’t matter, character does – Says Imran Ashraf

Imran Ashraf gained popularity playing a trans character in Alif Allah Aur Insaan and made waves after his exceptional acting in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi but the actor has faced his fair share of criticism.

In his latest interview with Haroon Rashid, the actor was asked if people often laugh at him for doing such characters to which he said, “People did laugh at me. For 10 years, people have laughed at me. For eight years, I have tolerated peoples’ jokes. People used to call me a minor supporting actor.

These are the words I heard but I had a belief that I was going to do this, I kept asking God for help. I kept working hard and look now.”

He added, “Looks don’t matter, my character does. There’s a hero in every street, so the unconventional can also be a hero. I am doing art and in art, there isn’t any need for six-packs, deep eyes and pretty hair. And in the process, if some norms are being challenged then so be it.”

Kudos to him for opening up about rigid beauty standards in the entertainment industry.

Imran Ashraf has also signed up his next project.

The actor is now seen in Inkar opposite Yumna Zaidi and Sami Khan.

The story follows college student Shayan whose fiance Ramal has a troubled past. The story will take a twist when their friend Wajid tries to kill her. Ramal survives but is critically wounded. It’s her journey to get justice against her perpetrator while surviving the taunts of society that will form the crux of this drama. All the while, Shayan is pressured to leave his fiance.

This is another drama after Cheekh and many others that look at the ways the legal system makes getting justice a struggle for survivors of sexual assault.

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