Despite of the low standard Lollywood movies, Pakistan’s drama industry has managed to maintain a good repute and has provided us with amazing dramas with good story lines, strong social messages and strong acting. Even Indian audience is found of Pakistani dramas that’s why their leading TV channels are now broadcasting Pakistani dramas. Though the country has got a huge list of successful dramas on its credit, there are some of the very precious dramas that are truly cherished by the viewers of Pakistan, regardless of age and interest. Here are some all time favorite Pakistani drama you’d want to watch again and again.
Alpha Bravo Charlie
Alpha Bravo Charlie had to be on the top.Directed by the acclaimed Shoaib Mansoor, this action and thriller drama was so popular that it set a new rating for Television Rating Points (TRPS) in Pakistan. The story was as gripping as it can get, the flow so smooth you never get bored even watching it for umpteenth times and the humour so well placed that you never have a burden on your mind. It conveyed a very strong message yet it was so well cloaked in the story that it never hammered on people’s minds. Most of the shooting was performed in PMA Kakul.The script involves four main characters: three male army officers and one female who is an educator in a public school.
It was aired on PTV network. The show centers on a team of doctors in a hospital in Karachi and revolves around their routines at the hospital. A classical love story. The show starred Rahat Kazmi and Marina Khan in lead roles, was directed by Sahira Kazmi and written by Haseena Moin. Rahat and Marina was the favorite onscreen couple then.The serial enjoyed seemingly undeniable success for two further decades after it finished airing. It was the best play of the 80’s.
Tanhaiyan is a 1985 Pakistani drama serial which is now considered a cult classic.The hallmark of Pakistani classic dramas. It was directed by the one of the greatest director of Pakistan drama industry Shahzad Khalid and was inked by another famous writer of Pakistan Hassena Moin.It revolves around the story of two sisters, who learnt the true meaning of a home when bought back their parents’ house after their death. It has re-run several times on PTV and other TV channels, owing to its popularity.
Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan
Most popular drama of Geo TV. Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan is based on the novel of Umera Arshad by the same title.It became very popular when released because of its storyline and huge ensemble of the entire cast.A story about a woman who was wrongfully accused of adultery and her daughter from the second marriage, who later finds the truth about her mother’s past as she herself gets married into the same family.
It was on aired in 1993. The play is based on a story of five friends, who take the challenge to fight against the terrorists and drug dealers. The serial known for its neat outdoor shooting and liberal use of ammunition to convey realism.An action-packed story of five friends that join to form a crack team of police commandos tackling criminal activities as vigilantes in Quetta.
The drama was originally telecast in 1979 and was again telecast in early 1990s and many more times and was a huge success. It is written by Amjad Islam Amjad, directed by Ghazanfer Ali and Nusrat Thakur and was aired on PTV.
Waaris represents all the unique distinctions of a Pakistani drama. a powerful story, wonderful direction, strong meessage, memorable dialogues and mesmerizing acting.The story was fairly simple . A Pakistani feudal village lord or, Chaudhry Hashmat , with his son and two nephews, struggle to keep hold on his power and land which is under threat of compulsory purchase for a new dam. The two nephews are continually at loggerheads: Chaudhry Anwer is afflicted with greed and lust; his brother Chaudhry Niaz Ali wishes to escape to the big city, Lahore, but is trapped in the feudal web.
Ainak Wala Jin
This drama ran for two times on television in Pakistan. It was widely popular among children for its humour and fictional storyline. I am sure every one of us remembers this one.The play has been immensely popular among three generations at the same time. The children, their parents and their elders enjoyed it together. The characters became household names and some of the dialogues were transformed into political connotations.The theme was conceived as an amalgamation of fantasy, real life and science fiction. A genie is sent by the emperor of genies to our earth for the treatment of his eyesight problems.When he lands, he happens to meet a daring young boy who loves fantasies and starts living with his family.
Humsafar is the production of HUM TV directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat based on the novel of Farhat Ishtiaq under the same title. The actors Mahira and Fawad got immense popularity after this show.The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of a married couple, Khiran and Ashar. It got aired on Indian Televison too.
drama serial dramatized by Samira Fazal, and based on the novel Bano, by Razia Butt. It is based on the partition of India and the resulting independence of Pakistan, and takes place between 1947 and 1956. The drama depicts the story of Bano, a girl from a close knit Muslim family living in Ludhiana in the pre-1947 era. The story follows Bano and Hassan, as they face the trials and tribulations caused by the 1947 independence.
The show is now airing in Middle East on channel MBC Bollywood. It is the second highest-rated Pakistani television series.Dastaan was also aired in India on Zindagi.
Khuda or mohabbat
It is about a young college graduate from a modern elite family from Islamabad falls in love with the daughter of an Imam.The drama is inspired from the novel of the same name, written by Hashim Nadeem. The novel is critically acclaimed. It is considered as one of the best dramas serials in Pakistan.The drama is one of the most watched dramas on YouTube all over the world. Imran Abbas Naqvi and Sadia Khan are featured as the lead role.