Pakistan is a neighbouring country of India that in Asian continent. Its capital is Islamabad. The film and television industry in Pakistan is very popular among its citizens. Television holds the major share in the entertainment sector. Television industry in Pakistan started in the year 1964 in Lahore. The first ever satellite channel PTV-2 of Pakistan started in 1992.
In 2002, the government of Pakistan opened new ways to television industry by allowing private TV channels to telecast news, current affairs and other programmes. Private channels like ARY Digital, Hum, Geo etc. started their functioning in the television industry. With the rise in private channels, the content on television started pouring in. Drama’s, short films, Quiz Shoes, reality shows etc. started in full swing and was loved by the people of Pakistan. Dramas or Serials enjoys the maximum attention. Pakistan television industry has given many beautiful and memorable serials to the country and to the world. Their serials are loved by the audiences of neighbouring countries and the world.
Let’s take a look on the top 10 recent Pakistani dramas of all time
10. Saya-e-dewar bhi nahi
Drama serial that was aired in August on Hum TV was written by Qaisara Hayat and directed by Shahzad Kashmiri. The serial was inspired from a novel of same name by the writer itself. The serial was starring Ahsan Khan, Naveen Waqar and Emmad Irfani. The serial revolves around the female protagonist named Shehla (who was adopted by a renowned person) and her struggle for love and survival.
9. Tum Kon Piya
It was aired on Urdu1 and was directed by Yasir Nawaz. The serial is based on the bestselling novel of Maha Malik’s ‘Tum kon piya’. It was a successful show of the channel. The drama starred many popular and famous television artists like Ayeza Khan, Ali Abbas, Imran Abbas, Hira Tareen etc. Even before its release, the serial managed to gather huge attention and created high wave of anticipation among the viewers. The fresh pairing of Imran Abbas and Ayeza Khan was also loved by the audience. The show was based in the era of 1970’s.
The show is produced by the famous actor Humayun Saeed and Shehzad Nasib starring Saba Qamar and Zahid Ahmed was aired on ARY Digital. The drama shows the struggles and social issues of glamour industry and upper-class families. It shows and explores different attitudes towards certain profession likes politics, modelling and Film profession.
7. Main Sitara
The show starred Saba Qamar, Meera and Noman Ejaz in the retro drama. The serial was set against the theme of old Pakistani film industry and shows the struggles of different characters from the days of mid-sixties. The show reflected the new perspective and interesting plot related to the flourishing Pakistani film industry. The show was written by Faiza Iftikhar provides a fascinating and interesting insight into the familiar faces of the film industry.
6. Bheegi Palkein
A new drama on A-plus channel was aired. The serial is written by Nuzhat Saman and Mansoor Ahmed Khan. The background music of the serial was sung and produced by Ahsan Perbvais Mehdi. The show has the successful pairing of Faisal Qureshi and Ushna Shah. The duo has worked together in the serial ‘Bashar Momin’ which became very successful and their pair was accepted by the viewers. The duo has come together in this serial to reprise their roles and to mesmerize the audience. The story revolves around the struggles of Ushna Shah as a widow. The story shows how Bilal (Faisal Qureshi) fall in love with her instead of her sister-in- law Freeha.
5. Dil Lagi
A romantic serial starring humayun Saeed and Mehwish Hayat was set in the narrow streets of Sindh, Pakistan. The show was written by Faaiza Iftikhar and directed by Nadeem Baig was successful in getting all the needed attention by their impactful story and direction.
4. Mann mayal
The serial was aired on HUM TV. May Mayal is a romantic serial written by Samira Fazal and directed by Haseeb Hassan. The serial starring Hamza Ali Abbsi and Maya Ali showed the lead pair madly in love with each other who couldn’t marry due to social pressures and class differences. The show premiered in Pakistan, USA, UAE and UK at the same date and time. The serial remained on top charts of TRP and was loved by the viewers but the critics gave mixed to negative reviews to the drama.
3. Bin Roye
A romantic serial written by Farhat Ishtiaq and directed by Haissam Hussain, Shahzad Kashmiri and Momina Duraid. Bin Roye was originally a film released in the year 2015 was converted into a serial after the huge success of the movie. The cast of the film and serial were same. The show starring Mahira Khan, Aemeena Khan and Humayun Saeed was loved by the television audience. The serial is based in Pakistan and showed the story of Saba (Mahira Khan) and the ups and downs she faces due to being in love with her cousin Irtiza. The show was successful in Pakistan and othe rocuntries. In UK, the episode of the serial was viewed by more than 94,300. It remained a hit in UK throughout 17 weeks it aired.
Perhaps the most controversial serial produced by the Pakistani television industry has won the hearts of millions of people with its gripping story written by Farhat Ishtiaq. The drama has tried to create awareness on a very sensitive issue of ‘paedophile’. The show has many popular actors of the industry like Ahsan Khan, Bushra Ansari, Urwa Hocane etc. who have delivered outstanding performances and every viewer was moved to tears by the sensitivity and great work of the actors.
A recent showed aired on Hum TV in January starring very popular and famous actress Mawra Hocane was loved by the audience. The show is written by Noor-ul-Huda Shah and directed by Atif Ikram Butt is all about women empowerment. The drama throws a light on social customs like Vani or exchange of brides and how women are forced to give birth till they produce a son. The show has started on a good note and was successful in capturing the interest of the audience from the first episode itself.
All the above mentioned serials have become hit and loved by the audience. They all have garnered high TRP and were also watched on internet by the world audience. These serials have the content to touch the hearts and also to raise awareness regarding certain social issues. Two years back Pakistani serials were launched in India on a new television channel. All the famous serials and dramas were broadcasted. All the serials earned huge TRPs, reviews, and love from the Indian audience. The Pakistan television industry is famous for delivering some great content for the audience and is famous around the same for the same.