Over the past decade, Pakistani dramas have made enormous leaps, lifting the standard for great writing, creativity, and realism.
No, we do not mean the daytime soaps that are filled with saas/bahu sazishes (mother-in-law/daughter-in-law plotting), but rather the prime-time programming of our main networks.
Increasing internet accessibility and the proliferation of social media have made any show accessible with a single click. A sizeable portion of the Indian populace and the global subcontinental diaspora now comprise a hitherto unheard-of international audience.
Therefore, it made great financial sense for the Indian broadcasting behemoth Zee TV to capitalize on this commercial potential by devoting a channel named Zee Zindagi to their transmissions. It was these dramas that presented our most renowned exports Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to the rest of the world (if they speak even a little Urdu).
It is not simple to be number one. Being good is not sufficient; one must be outstanding. Dastaan is not a typical serial or relationship between two persons. It is an epic tale about a nation’s love for its people.
Dastaan portrayed the narrative of Hassan and Bano, who were ripped apart by forces beyond their control during the turbulent period of Partition and Independence. The sheer intricacy and scope of such a production would intimidate anybody, yet director Haissam Hussain managed it with the renowned brilliance for which he is renowned.
Political Sensitivity and Historical Intricacies
This drama stands out from the crowd due to its mastery of several settings, a large star ensemble, and all the political sensitivity and historical intricacies while preserving a critical equilibrium.
Fawad Khan, Sanam Baloch, Ahsan Khan, Saba Qamar, and Mehreen Raheel delivered performances that matched the excellence of Samira Fazal’s writing.
Humsafar captivated a country and catapulted Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan to superstar status. More than a love tale, directors Sarmad Khoosat and Farhat Ishtiaq provided us a map of the human heart, an intimate comprehension of the most profound sentiments two people can have for one another.
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This was one of the greatest serials ever produced since it had romance, envy, sorrow, and eventually the victory of forgiveness.
The exquisite minimalist approach of director Mehreen Jabbar masterfully captures this sharply observed tale of friendship and sorrow.
This is one of Umera Ahmed’s most mature and full scripts; its knowledge of the human condition is intellectual and deep.
What could have easily become a well-written thriller but instead an essay on marriage and the shifting needs of modern relationships.
Director Haissam Hussain kept the pace going in what could have been simply another mazloom aurat (helpless lady) drama by balancing the past, present, and recent past.
American Television Series
This manner took a great deal of expert editing, and if you want to see how it’s done, check the American television series The Story Of Us, which employs a similar approach.
The performances of Sanam Baloch, Mikaal Zulfikaar, Nadia Jamil, and Samina Peerzada made this television series appear to be a hidden passageway into every woman’s history.
Mahira Khan and Mikaal Zulfiqar excelled in this spiritual awakening story.
In what can only be regarded as a fable for modern times, this novel tackled difficult topics such as our easy acceptance of consumerism, our lack of empathy for those around us, and the key to genuine satisfaction.
Director Sarmad Khoosat
Even more so than Humsafar, this series exemplified director Sarmad Khoosat’s distinctively creative and allegorical directing approach.
We urge you to watch just one episode of any of these dramas without binge-watching the entire series by the time you wake up two days later. They are indeed that addicting. There is still oil in the light, so hold onto that diya, Paro.
Now that our list has been revealed, put on your thinking caps and tell us your favorites in the comments section below.