4 Times Imran Ashraf Has Wowed Us With His Versatility

Written by Omair Alavi

4 Times Imran Ashraf Has Wowed Us With His Versatility
King of expressions- Imran Ashraf!

There are good actors and there are great actors. And then there is Imran Ashraf who graduated from good to great and has now carved a separate identity of his own. In an era of acting when people don’t play with their appearances, let alone performances, he is a breath of fresh air for the audience. In the last few years, he has proved that he is one of the most versatile actors in the country, in the mold of Naumaan Ejaz who loves to experiment than go with the flow. Here are the four times that Imran Ashraf has wowed us with his versatility, and we hope that he keeps up the good work in the coming years. 

Alif Allah Aur Insaan

Writer: Qaisra Hayat
Director: Aehsun Talish
Character: Shammo

imran ashraf shaamo

Neither was this Imran Ashraf’s first play nor was a newbie who wanted to prove his worth; the way he played transgender Shammo here was the beginning of a new Imran Ashraf, Imran Ashraf 2.0. Fresh from the success of Dil Lagi where he played Humayun Saeed’s assistant, and Khuda Mera Bhi Hai where he was Syed Jibran’s younger brother, Imran went for Shammo as a studious kid goes after a new book, and made it his own in such a manner that people remember his performance after three years. After his character is insulted by the daughter of the people who had invited him to dance at her wedding, and later when the woman he loved followed suit, Shammo decided to go for a respectful career. He becomes a successful hairstylist, leaves behind the life he had grown into and the love his heart desired and recovers from his failures in no time making the audience believe that anything is possible.

Ranjha Ranjha Kardi

Writer: Faiza Iftikhar
Director: Kashif Nisar
Character: Bhola

imran ashraf bhoola

If ever a list is compiled of the best characters of the last two years, Bhola from Ranjha Ranjha Kardi would feature in the top five for sure. Imran Ashraf played a mentally unstable, weak, and childlike Bhola who gets married to an idealistic Noori (Iqra Aziz) who doesn’t love him because of his idiosyncrasies. In fact, she was in love with Sahir (Syed Jibran) before getting married to Bhola, and when Sahir returns to her life, things go awry. Imran Ashraf’s performance as Bhola was the highlight of 2019 and his dialogues Main Hoon Aur Mere Saath Bhi Main Hoon and Mazaaaaay became part of the folklore. How he managed to stage a comeback despite Sahir’s return and why Noori started caring for her husband, these are some of the questions that will compel you to watch the play!


Writer: Zafar Mairaj
Director: Kashif Nisar
Character: Rehan Chaudhry

imran ashraf inkaar

While Bhola was gathering sympathies from all around the world, Imran Ashraf’s other character Rehan Chaudhry was collecting hate for being the main antagonist in Inkaar. Pitted opposite Sami Khan and Yumna Zaidi, Imran Ashraf was so ruthless as the spoilt brat that he didn’t hesitate to stab his former girlfriend that too on the very night when she was going to get married. With his politician father backing him up, and the corrupt system supporting them both, Inkaar showed that no matter what, truth always triumphs in the end. There were people who weren’t ready to believe that the guy who played Bhola was the same person who was Rehan Chaudhry, so much convincing was Imran Ashraf’s transition from a good person to an ideal bad one.


Writer: Imran Ashraf
Director: Aehsun Talish
Character: Adam

imran ashraf mushk

And then there is Adam who is winning hearts for his portrayal of a romantic hero who doesn’t believe in professing his love. Instead, he is willing to do anything for the woman he loves, even if it means paying off a random girl, keeping a secret, or standing his ground for what’s right. Here, Imran Ashraf isn’t as weak as Bhola but the exact opposite of the character; unlike Rehan Chaudhry, he doesn’t believe in violence and although he is insulted and irritated like Shammo, he stays calm and thinks logically than rationally. Some believe that he is making the most of his resemblance with filmstar Shahid from the 1970s when in fact it is because of his skill, acting prowess, and versatility that he has managed to look different in every character. Many don’t believe it, but he is also the writer behind Mushk, which is easily one of the best dramas of the last 10 years.

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