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A large number of Pakistanis are confined to their households indefinitely due to the lockdown imposed by the government amid the coronavirus threat. While you are whiling away most of the time, roaming around from one corner of your home to the next, why not entertain yourself with these 26 top Pakistani dramas that have gained considerable popularity among the viewers and won many accolades!
Meray Paas Tum Ho
There’s hardly any drama serial in the history of Pakistan that has gained as much popularity as Meray Paas Tum Ho. Written by Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar and directed by Nadeem Baig, the drama broke all records of success and fame right from the very first episode. A powerful script, crisp dialogues, and phenomenal acting by all actors, particularly Humayun Saeed, Ayeza Khan, and Adnan Siddiqui won both public and critical acclaim. Background music and Rahat Fateh Ali’s beautiful rendition of the theme song served like an icing on the cake. YouTube views of each episode of the drama are also in millions, which are constantly increasing especially under the current lockdown. The fondness and breakneck popularity of the drama can be gauged by the fact that its final episode was also aired in cinemas across Pakistan, which did record business. Critics say that screening the play in theaters was a masterpiece idea that added to the drama’s success manifold.
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Written and directed by Kamal Ahmed Rizvi, Alif Noon is a play that was aired in the 1960s. Though quite old, the drama is as relevant today as it was back then. The show features appealing characters and each episode has something new to offer the audience, keeping them hooked to the TV screens. To call it the best satire of the 60s would not be off the mark. A must watch!
Aired by the PTV in 1980, Waris is dubbed as one of the most accurate portrayals of Pakistan. It’s a story of a feudal family, their struggles to preserve their land and fortune, and the inter-family fissures that lead to their collapse. A drama consisting of only 13 episodes, drama viewers reminisce the streets being deserted at the time it would air.
The drama remains a classic even to date. Reason? It was written and directed by the best professionals of the time. Beautifully played by the lead cast, Shehnaz Sheikh, other actors which include Shakeel, Javed Sheikh, Jamshed Ansari, Saleem Nasir, Qazi Moin have also performed exceptionally well. Direction by Shoaib Mansoor is but classy.
Considered to be an evergreen play written by ace playwright Haseena Moin, Tanhayian is essentially a romantic drama. The chemistry between the lead stars Rahat Kazmi and Marina Khan is phenomenal, while the other actors which include Behroze Sabzwari, Qazi Wajid, Yasmin Ismail, Durdana Butt and others have also done justice to their roles. Only after watching a few episodes will you feel as though you were part of the lively and entertaining family. Directed by Sahira Kazmi, this drama made an indelible imprint on the minds of the generation of the 80s.
If the latest drama serial Ehd-e-Wafa did not give you the goosebumps, Dhuwan will surely do. Witten by Ashir Azeem and directed by Sajjad Ahmed, the drama is the story of four patriotic friends committed to eliminating corruption in their own peculiar manner. The story has all the ingredients to move a patriotic Pakistani determined to do something for their country. Dhuawan features some of the pulsating and highly emotional scenes such as the one when Nabeel gets shot down, and the background music starts doing its magic, mesmerizing the viewers. The drama is surely not a one-time watch!
Tanhaiyan is a highly recommended watch which has so much to laugh and cry about. The lead character, Shehnaz Sheikh, through her stellar acting, gave the viewers several bouts of emotion, prompting them to cry in a couple of highly moving scenes. Penned by the legendary writer Haseena Moeen and directed by Shehzad Khalil, Tanhayian will forever continue to enthrall and entertain the audience, particularly that of the 80s.
Ainak Wala Jin
Ainak Wala Jin, a children’s classic of the early 90s, was a delightful mix of real life, make-believe and science fiction. An apparition from Caucasus Mountains is sent to Earth to get his vision fixed and that’s the beginning of a great adventure! The drama instantly became a hit, and the memorable characters Hamoon Jadugar, Zakoota Jin and Bill Batori became household favorites.
Fast forward the 2000s and we get to watch some, if not most, of the dramas that have managed to win the viewers’ attention. Doraha, written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Mehreen Jabbar, is a story that relies more on substance than on form or on OSTs. The drama has all the right ingredients to captivate and inspire the audience with remarkable acting by Humayun Saeed, Sanam Baloch, and Sonia Rehman. Other actors are equally great. The drama is readily available online and it’s good news for the fans who want to go for a repeat watch.
Alpha Bravo Charlie
To call the ISPR-sponsored Alpha Bravo Charlie a masterpiece of the 90s would not be an understatement. The drama shows the valor and bravery of Pakistani soldiers and the wavelength between the friends is highly impressive. Directed by Shoaib Mansoor who has given many hit films and dramas to Pakistan’s entertainment industry, Alpha Bravo Charlie continues to inspire the viewers with its patriotic appeal and great storyline.
Aired in 2016, Beshaam was written by Sarwat Nazir and directed by Farooq Rind. The drama underscores people’s attitudes towards certain professions and society’s acceptance for them. Besharam, which had a total of 42 episodes, was all about a couple who undergo many peaks and troughs in life. The drama stars such prolific actors as Saba Qamar, Zaid Ahmed, Atiqa Odho, and Faisal Rehman.
Set in the Jackson Heights area in Queens, New York City, the drama depicts the ordeals that Pakistanis encounter while living abroad. The four key characters of the drama are faced by problems and their relationships that serve as a bond for them to survive in an uneven world. The glossy life they fancied when they moved to the United States serves as a warning for those who believe that migrating abroad can resolve their financial problems.
This drama strongly highlights the class difference in Pakistani society. Sheharyar Munnawar Siddique, who plays Sherry in the show, comes from a well-off family who is captivated by the unassuming nature of Zoya, played by Ayeza Khan. Although Sherry is engaged to someone else, Zoya’s gentle nature lures him towards her. However, Circumstances make it very difficult for them to marry each other as Sherry’s family is sternly against this match.
Meri Zaat Zara e Benishan
Written by ace playwright Umera Amhed, Meri Zaat Zara e Benishan reveals the life of a woman with a firm belief in Allah and her implacable resilience that helped her navigate the peaks and troughs of life quite successfully. The drama has a powerful script and stellar performances that are bound to keep you glued to your screens. While many attempts were made to replicate the original concept, they failed to impress the audience.
The Baraat Series
Comprising 4 seasons, Kis Ki Aye Gi Barat is one of the most entertaining Pakistani drama serials. All the seasons are based on the marriage of one of the characters and the shadi-crazed Pakistanis can easily relate to the drama. The series has all the right ingredients to make you laugh and cry simultenously.
Another gem by writer Umera Ahmed, Daam can easily be dubbed as one of the best drama serials of the last couple of years. Produced by 7th Sky Entertainment, the drama stars such renowned actors as Sanam Baloch, Aamina Sheikh, Adeel Hussein, and Sanam Saeed. Relationships, friendship and deceit are what constitute this remarkable story executed by the crème da la crème of the entertainment industry.
Dastan is the story that highlights the predicaments and sacrifices of the people during the Indo-Pak partition. The cast of the play, which features such names as Sanam Baloch, Samina Peerzada, Saba Qamar, and Fawad Khan, will not let you know in terms of their performances. Produced by TV mogul Momina Duraid and written by Samira Afzal, the drama will well and truly live up to your expectations, interspersed by moving scenes that will keep you hooked to the TV screens during the lockdown.
A story that centers completely on misunderstandings in relationships than can ruin many people’s lives, Qaid-e-Tanhai is a gripping tale written by Umera Ahmed. The drama is all about lies, betrayal, and suspicion which change everything for a happy couple. The drama became an instant hit, starring actors like Savera Nadeem and Faysal Qureshi, Saba Hameed, and Sunita Marshal.
Hamsafar was the most successful drama serial of 2011. An iconic drama penned by Farhat Ishtiaq and produced by MD Productions, Hamsafar features Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan in lead roles. Other casts include Pakistan’s ace actors such as Naveen Waqar, Atiqa Odho, Behroze Sabzwari. All actors have done justice to their roles and the theme song is worth listening to. While the story is passé, it is quick-paced and entertaining. Director Sarmad Khoosat has brought the story to life with his amazing camera work.
Are you a fan of Umera Ahmed’s dialogues? If yes, then Durr-e-Shehwar is a must-watch for you. The drama depicts the ordeals of a young couple who have fallen prey to sheer misunderstanding of an extramarital affair. The story features a crisp script and stellar performances by all actors.
Although Aiman (Aamina Sheikh) and Saman (Saba Qamar) are sisters in the drama, they have an altogether different approach towards life. Aiman believes in serenity and sacrifice, while Saman pines for an affluent husband who can give her all the luxuries of life. Their paths lead them to a complex marital life with Saman’s son being brought up by Aiman. Saman’s faces downfall due to her greedy and manipulative nature, while Aiman, who is unmaterialistic, is contended with her son.
A drama serial that slowly became popular, Khaas initially appeared to be like a typical story that showcases makeups and breakups of relationships. The drama eventually turned out to be intriguing in terms of the rollercoaster ride of the characters beautifully penned by writer Sarwat Nazir. Sanam Baloch outperformed in a different role while Ali Rehman and Haroon Shahid also did exceptionally well. The drama encompassed all issues associated with disputed matrimonial relations which are typically not addressed in our society. Director Danish Nawaz does his best, giving life to the characters. Aired on Hum TV, Khaas is now available on YouTube as well.
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
The drama was undoubtedly one of the best plays of the year. Written by Faiza Iftikhar, the story of Ranjha Ranjha has a deep philosophical plot that will take you to a different world altogether. The key cast, which included Iqra Aziz, Imran Ashraf, and Syed Jibran, have all done justice to their roles. Imran Ashraf, in particular, mesmerized the viewers with his flawless depiction of Bhola and shot to the heights of fame and popularity. The blockbuster drama was aired on Hum TV and, if you’ve missed it, you can still watch it on YouTube.
Pyare Afzal was an intensely emotional story of strong and everlasting love between two souls. Written by Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar and directed by Nadeem Baig, the drama catapulted to unprecedented fame and managed to bag a number of coveted awards and accolades. Viewers loved the final episode which was also aired in cinemas across Pakistan. Hamza Ali Abbasi garnered viewers’ applause due to his remarkable performance throughout the play.
Written by Madiha Shahid, Digest Writer was praised by viewers for a realistic script, superb performances, and adroit direction. It’s a story of the personal struggles of the playwright herself. Starring Saba Qamar, Gohar Rasheed, and Mehmood Akhtar, Digest Writer should be watched especially by those aspiring to become successful scriptwriters.
From the very first episode, Diyar-e-Dil managed to draw viewers’ attention thanks to its jaw-dropping locations and a gripping storyline by Farhat Ishtiaq. The drama continued to enthrall the audience as it progressed, with stellar performances by all actors, particularly Abid Ali. Osman Khalid Butt and Maya Ali’s superb on-screen chemistry played a key role in the success of the drama.